What is carbide?

Carbide is a sinter material and is comprised of very hard carbide particles (tungsten carbide = WC), which are bound into a carbide matrix.

Tungsten carbide – the hardest phase – forms the carbide matrix – together with cobalt (Co) – the binder phase. In parallel with both of these materials, there are additional portions of different carbides (TiC, TaC, NbC), which provide advantages with individual areas of application.

The main properties of the carbide (hardness, wear-resistance and resilience) are influenced by a combination of the cobalt portion, as well as the particle size of the tungsten carbide.