Carbide is a diamond-like material that has been used in various industries for decades. Carbide is a very hard and durable material, which makes it an excellent choice for many different applications. For example, carbide’s hardness can make it more resistant to normal wear and tear than steel. But the question remains: Can you weld carbide to steel?
Can You Weld Carbide to Steel?
If you are wondering if you can weld carbide to steel, the short answer is yes, you can.
There are two different types of welding that will work for this process: fusion and resistance.
Fusion involves using heat to create a strong bond between metals by melting them together while they’re still solid. It’s very similar to soldering or braising something in order to attach smaller bits of metal into one large piece.
On the other hand, resistance doesn’t use any actual heat but instead uses electricity and pressure to join pieces of metal together through magnetic force.
This type of weld penetrates metal with tiny wires, which allows both parts being joined to become magnetized so that when they make contact with each other, they stick tightly without actually heating up at all (a good example would be like how a refrigerator magnet sticks to a metal filing cabinet).
In order for these types of welding processes to work, you need two parts that are made from the same type of steel or at least have very similar properties. Carbide is most often alloyed with chromium and molybdenum in order to create its extremely hard exterior, which means it’s not going to be compatible with just any kind of metal, so choose your materials wisely!
What Can Be Welded With Carbide?
There are many different kinds of metals that can be welded using carbon-based tungsten carbides, including stainless steels (because they contain high amounts of chromium), tool steels (because they contain high amounts of chromium), and tool steels (because they contain high amounts of molybdenum), and cast iron.
However, there are also some metals that you should not attempt to weld with carbide because they contain too much nickel or aluminum which can cause the tungsten carbides to degrade quickly over time resulting in a low-quality bond between the two pieces being joined together making it very difficult for them to be separated later on down the road!
These types of metals include Monel metal (which contains large amounts of nickel), Inconel alloy (which is made from multiple different alloys including chromium, molybdenum, cobalt, etc.), titanium alloys (<25% by weight) , and aluminum bronzes (>65%).
Now that you know what kind of materials can be welded together using tungsten carbide, the next step is to learn how you can actually pull it off! With these two types of welding processes, fusion and resistance, you can actually choose which one works best for your specific needs. You can also check our post on using an arc welder for fractal wood-burning and welding on a wood table.