Creating the next generation of tungsten carbide-cobalt hard metals

Tungsten carbide-cobalt metals are among the most widely used metals in the world, with a global market of US$19.97 billion. However, production of these metals is costly and there is a trade-off between their toughness and durability. This can lead to spontaneous failure, shortening a tool’s lifespan.

In collaboration with CERATIZIT Austria GmbH, our researchers are aiming to replace cobalt with other relatively cheaper elements that would reduce the manufacturing cost of hard metals, while maintaining quality, efficiency and accuracy.

3D Additive has a video available from this page link (however, it duplicates many of the images and messaging from the Sydney Manufacturing Hub so I’ve not highlighted the video as part of this section).