Carbide is a chemical compound which is made from tungsten ores. These ores are obtained from mines and afterwards they are taken to the chemical industries to purify them into carbide. Tungsten carbide can then be combined with other metals or materials whereby cobalt metal is used as a binder to come up with cemented tungsten carbide. The main purpose of alloying the tungsten carbide with other metals or materials of to increase its value by making it harder and more durable. Having acquired the rare qualities found in metals, the carbide compound is then used to make a variety of products of which some have been written below.
Cemented tungsten carbide is used to made mining and drilling tools. Tools used in mining and drilling require a hard and durable material since they come into contact with hard surfaces like stones or even other metals. 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. Having carbide tools becomes beneficial since carbide products can be recycled into new tools. They can therefore be sold, hence saving some money for the owner to replace the old tools with new ones.
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. Due to its value, carbide has been utilized by the aesthetic industry to make jewelry. Carbide in this field is cut, shaped and crafted into different jewelry like pendants rings and earrings, this is due to its hardness which closely follows that of the diamond. It can be polished to bring out a glossy and attractive appearance. Being cheaper than gold and diamonds, carbide has become a choice of many in the market of jewelry due to its cost-effectiveness.
Carbide products are also used in the manufacture of surgical tools. Surgical tools need to be affordable so that there can be enough tools in a hospital, and they have to be of high quality so that the surgeries can be successful. Carbide tools are very had, hence it is possible to sharpen them into sharp surgical blades and needles. Carbide surgical tools are polished to obtained a shiny and glossy appearance such that they can be seen easily. In addition, carbide surgical tools are resistant to pitting and rusting hence they are more durable.
Since it does not rust easily and it is a very hard compound, it has been used to make trekking poles, skiing poles and fishing weights. Recycling companies have used carbide to make stronger and harder machines that are able to crush and smash other metals so as to make them into new products.