Carbide is a compound that is made chemically from the ores of tungsten. The tungsten ores are mined then taken to the industries where they are refined to form tungsten carbide. In the industries, tungsten carbide is usually bound to other metals or other materials using cobalt metal as a binder. Alloying these other metals or materials make carbide a harder compound, a more durable one with more value. Carbide has therefore been used to make very many products because of its exceptional qualities and here are some of its products.
Cemented tungsten carbide is used to made mining and drilling tools. Tungsten carbide has won the hearts of manufacturers of these tools since carbide is hard, a quality that mining and drilling tools should have. Mining and drilling tools require a hard and durable material, hence carbide is the best compound to make them. All tools need to be replaces regularly despite their quality of being hard and durable. Carbide products are usually recyclable, hence the tools can be recycled into new tool. Owners of these tools can therefore sell the old tools to the companies at a cheaper price, hence saving up money to buy new tools.
The value of carbide score very high globally since it is a flexible compound which can be combined with different type of metals or materials. People tend to show their value with jewelry, therefore the aesthetic industry has started using carbide to make jewelry due to its esteemed value. Its hardness which comes second after diamonds makes it possible to be cut and shaped into different shapes and crafts like rings, earrings and pendants. It can be polished to bring out a glossy and attractive appearance. Gold and diamonds are very costly when compared to carbide products, hence buying carbide is cost-effective.
Another application of carbide is in the production of surgical tools. Surgeries are meant to save lives; hence the tools have to be of good quality and affordable. Surgical blades and needles need to be very sharp, therefore the carbide surgical tools can be sharpened excellently due to their hardness. They can be polished into shiny tools such that they can easily be identified in a busy surgery room. Additionally, they are resistant to rusting and pitting, thus increasing their durability and safety.
Carbide has also been used in the production of skiing poles, fishing weights and trekking poles due to its hardness and resistance to rusting. Recycling companies require stronger and harder machines so as to be able to crush and smash other metals; therefore, tungsten carbide has been used to make these very strong recycling machines.