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What are the Essential Features and Applications of Tungsten Carbide?

Tungsten Carbide is an inorganic chemical compound which is used in manufacturing tungsten carbide cutting tools and other industrial machinery. Sometimes referred to simply as “carbide”, tungsten carbide is one of the most commonly used materials in a wide range of industries.

To fully understand the applications and importance of tungsten carbide, it is important to look at its properties. In its most basic form, tungsten carbide is a fine grey powder. However, it can be pressed, moulded and formed into various shapes for use in cutting tools, industrial machinery, abrasives and jewellery.

The main application for carbide tungsten is machine tools. Carbide cutting edges are frequently used for machining strong and tough stainless steel or carbon steel. They are also used in instances where other tool types would wear away, for example, on top quality high production lines.

The machining applications and tools in which tungsten carbide tools are used are: turning, drilling, milling, facing, planning, threading, parting off, grooving and deep hole boring. These tools are used for cutting steel, non ferrous materials and cast iron in a wide range of industries including automobile, aerospace, earth moving, oil equipment and heavy engineering.

Tungsten Carbide brazed tools are used on CNC turning centers for pre-machining and for cost effective parting off. They are also used in conventional lathes, automatic lathes, deep hole boring machines to improve through put and quality of parts machined.

Carbide tools are also used in the machining of various materials, namely aircraft materials such as nimonic and titanium alloys; cast Iron of all grades, mechanical parts made of alloy and carbon steel, aluminum, brass, bronze and copper. Tungsten Carbide tools are widely used in machine shops to increase productivity, efficiency and to reduce production costs.

What makes tungsten carbide unique and special? What physical properties make it usable in a wide range of machining applications?

The main advantage of using carbide tools is that it produces a better finish on the work piece being worked on. Faster machining can be achieved while using carbide tungsten tools. Ability to withstand high temperatures, in comparison to other cutting tools, is another important advantage of using carbide tungsten tools.

Tungsten Carbide is about three times stiffer than steel and it is denser than titanium and steel. In terms of hardness, tungsten carbide is equivalent to sapphire or corundum. Carbide has a high melting point and is very hard. In addition, carbide tools have high precision cutting capabilities.

Today, there are many companies that produce tungsten carbide tools to meet ever-increasing demand. For tungsten carbide tool manufacturers, the focus is on designing, manufacturing and delivering top quality, customized products that meet customers’ needs, at the lowest production cost.

Our company, TecTools, is one of the leading manufacturers of carbide tools and cutting tools in India. We supply first-rate quality tools at competitive prices. TecTools has been servicing clients from all parts of world for more than 27 years, and we are fully committed to continue meeting the needs of our existing and new customers, by providing them with customized tools that meet their requirements at competitive prices.

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