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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the benefits of tantalum vs tungsten?

Tantalum and tungsten are both refractory metals, meaning they are often used as components in alloys. However, they have very different properties that must be taken into consideration. Pure tungsten is much more heat and scratch resistant than pure tantalum but is also more brittle and can shatter. Tantalum is shatterproof, extremely durable, and resistant to corrosion unless exposed to hydrofluoric acid. Tantalum is also a scarce, higher-valued metal compared to tungsten and, therefore, much more expensive.

Q: Is tantalum toxic, poisonous, or hazardous?

Solid tantalum is not considered a health hazard; however, the fumes or dust produced from melting, processing, cutting, or processing tantalum in any other way can be hazardous when inhaled, swallowed, or if it comes in contact with skin or eyes. Always read the complete SDS before using any products from Atlantic Equipment Engineers.

Q: How is tantalum used, and what products is it used in?

Tantalum powder is most widely used in capacitors for electronic circuits in a wide range of electronic items, ex: medical appliances such as hearing aids and pacemakers, automotive components such as airbags, portable electronics such as laptops and cellphones, other electronic equipment such as flat-screen TVs, chargers, game consoles, and many others.

Q: Where is tantalum found?

Tantalum is always found along with niobium, most commonly in tantalite, and the ores then undergo a separation process that is highly demanding and complex due to the considerable similarities between the two elements.

Q: How much does tantalum cost?

Tantalum is a highly in-demand, valuable metal with a narrow supply chain. Due to this fact, it is one of the more expensive metal powders available. At Atlantic Equipment Engineers, tantalum is priced according to market trends and availability; therefore, the cost often depends on various factors that often change.

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