Carbide Cutting Tools - THE MOST COMMON USES FOR CARBIDE
Carbide is a hard material widely used as a cutting tool material and for other industrial applications. The ability of carbide tools to withstand higher temperatures at the tool-workpiece interface is a significant factor in their faster machining.
As the name implies, the word carbide refers to a carbon compound combined with another element. The additional component is usually tungsten, i.e., tungsten carbide or titanium when used in cutting tools.
In hardwood cutting, carbide is a steel used to make inserts, end mills, and other tools. The tungsten carbide material, which comprises half tungsten and half carbide, provides three times the stiffness of steel commonly used for wood-cutting tools. Carbide cutting tools offer significant advantages over standard woodworking tools.