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What is Cemented Carbide?

  • A unique
    material
  • The material with
    staying power
  • Research and development
    in Cemented Carbide

A unique material

cemented carbideCemented Carbide is one of the most successful composite engineering materials ever produced. Cemented Carbide's unique combination of strength, hardness and toughness satisfies the most demanding applications.

A key feature of the Cemented Carbide is the potential to vary its composition so that the resulting physical and chemical properties ensure maximum resistance to wear, deformation, fracture, corrosion, and oxidation. In addition, the wide variety of shapes and sizes that can be produced using modern powder metallurgical processing offers tremendous scope to design cost-effective solutions to many of the problems of component wear and failure encountered in both the engineering and domestic environment.

The material with staying power

Cemented carbide

Engineering Materials
The most commonly used materials are shown schematically relative to their hardness and toughness properties Diamond (PCD) is the hardest, of all, followed by Cubic Boron Nitride (CBN) and Ceramics (A1203, SiC, SIALON etc). The superhard materials all suffer from lower toughness and poor resistance to sudden fracture, the Cemented Carbides have a unique combination of high hardness and good toughness within a wide range and thus constitute the most versatile hard materials group for engineering and tooling applications

The most valuable property of Cemented Carbide is that it offers a safer and more dependable solution than any other known material to one of the toughest problems which engineers have to contend with – reliability.

Reliability is often a problem of wear. Wear resistance is the most outstanding feature of Cemented Carbide. Cemented Carbide can also withstand deformation, impact, heavy load, high pressure, corrosion and high temperature - often the only material that can fulfill these requirements satisfactorily. .

It has long been a well-known fact that the use of Cemented Carbide provides an optimal solution in the case of tools for metal cutting and rock drilling. Over the years Cemented Carbides have also proven their superiority in a great number of other tooling and engineering applications.

Research and development in Cemented Carbide

From raw material to your needs, Sandvik develops Cemented Carbide technology to meet our present and future customer needs. From atomic engineering of crystal grain boundaries to the customer-specific design of a rotary cutting station, Sandvik Research and Development is dedicated to advancing the frontiers of Cemented Carbide technology in order to meet our customers’ present and future needs. Every stage in the manufacture of a Cemented Carbide component – from powder production to finishing – is crucial to ensuring optimum performance. At Sandvik, we take pride in having full control of each processing step and in developing proprietary production processes that further improve our technological capabilities. Our mission is to develop new products and new grades of Cemented Carbide that enhance our customers’ operations through superior performance and reduced costs.