Tungsten slugs help balance a crankshaft…
One article in MMSOnline suggests Tungsten is “much tougher to machine than titanium.”
But, it’s an extremely useful material for aerospace, defense, electronics, and a variety of other applications:
- Lighting filaments and heating elements
- Electrical contacts
- Glass to metal seals (it’s rate of expansion is similar to glass)
- X-Ray targets when creating X-Rays
- High Speed Tool Steel and other alloys contain tungsten
- Flourescent lighting
- Balancing applications (benefit from high density)
- Rocket engine nozzles and similar high temperature propulsion applications
- Armaments, for example as an alternative to depleted uranium
- Radiation shielding
So, I put together a complete guide to machining Tungsten and its alloys and updated G-Wizard v3.96 to include Tungsten and some of the more common alloys in its material DB:
Here’s that guide I mentioned:
It’s one of several material-specific machining guides we offer (more to come!).
I added the Tungsten as a result of a customer request. G-Wizard customers can request new materials be added to the Materials Database simply by dropping me an email. I can’t always take care of the request immediately (Tungsten was in research for some time), but it will get done if I can find enough information on the material.
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