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
  • Electroides
  • 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:

[ Complete Guide to Machining Tungsten ]

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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