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Materials for Design by Chris Lefteri

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Tungsten (W, aka Wolfram)

Like titanium, tungsten has come to embody the idea of advanced properties that helps drive stories for designers. However, unlike titanium, which has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal, tungsten is a superheavy metal. Tungsten suggests technology, hardness and, in certain applications, a sense of being premium quality, such as in these darts. Derived from the Swedish words ‘tung’ and ‘sten’ meaning heavy stone, its applications in design are fairly limited, but due to its significant properties it deserves to be mentioned in this book.

Its main attributes, beyond its heaviness, are an outstanding hardness and temperature resistance; it has the highest temperature resistance of all metals. Hardness is ...

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