Today's Machining World Archive: October 2006, Vol. 2, Issue 10 From Ore to Insert: Don Graham, turning products manager at Seco Tools, Inc. (formerly Seco-Carboloy), told the story of how tungsten ore is processed into tungsten carbide, which then becomes a state of the art cutting tool insert.
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Tungsten carbide (chemical formula: WC) is a chemical compound (specifically, a carbide) containing equal parts of tungsten and carbon atoms. In its most basic form, tungsten carbide is a fine gray powder, but it can be pressed and formed into shapes for use in industrial machinery, cutting tools, abrasives, armor-piercing rounds, other tools ...