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Powder Compaction. For the hard ones.

Carbide is a composite consisting of a hard material and a relatively soft binding material.
It is an extremely hard material, characterized by high wear resistance and a high elevated-temperature hardness.
It is used in various fields that require tools or components to be particularly wear-resistant, such as in the machining of hard materials.
Carbide improves the quality of tools and components, gives them a longer service life and ensures safe  processes.

Osterwalder leads the path in this segment.

Production of carbide blanks

To make a finished carbide blank from a powder mix, you first need to press it into a mould.
The resulting green compact can then be machined. Once it has been sintered at a temperature of between 1,300 and 1,500 degrees Celsius and a pressure of up to 100 bar, the green compact is turned into a dense, homogeneous carbide.
Hard Metals is often used as the generic term for high strength cutting and wear materials although we are normally talking about a ceramic product in the broader sense. Carbides, Nitrides and Borides are the technical names applied to these materials and, together, they meet the most diverse technical requirements.
A major application is the machining of cast iron and steel. For turning, milling and drilling, they make a significant contribution to cost reduction and performance improvement.

Osterwalder offers a wide portfolio of mechanical, hydraulic and electrical presses for manifold applications.