Tungsten ores undergo chemical process to make carbide. Carbide is actually a processed tungsten ore which is usually mined then taken to the industries for refinement. 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. Due to these rare qualities found in carbide, there are a wide range of products made from carbide, some of which have been discussed below.
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. Even though they do not chip off easily and despite their ability to last long, all tools should be replaced from time to time. Carbide tools in this situation become advantageous since carbide material can be recycled into new items or tools. Therefore new tools can be replaced with money gotten from reselling the old tools back to the companies for recycling.
The flexibility of carbide being alloyed with other materials or metals easily makes it a very valuable compounds on earth. Carbide therefore has been used to make jewelry products. Carbide alloys are the second hardest items following the diamond, hence it is possible for them to be cut, crafted and shaped into products like earrings, rings and pendants. 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.
Surgical tools are also made from carbide products nowadays. Surgeries are meant to save lives; hence the tools have to be of good quality and affordable. Carbide tools are very had, hence it is possible to sharpen them into sharp surgical blades and needles. The surgical tools need to be shiny and visible, hence the carbide tools are polished in a way that they are glossy and can be seen easily. Additionally, they are resistant to rusting and pitting, thus increasing their durability and safety.
Lastly, carbide is also used in making skiing poles, trekking poles, and fishing weights because of its hardness and resistance to rust. Since tools made of carbide are strong yet recyclable, machines that recycle such products need to be stronger, hence recycling companies have chosen to make their machines using carbide so that they can be hard enough to smash and crush other metals.