Russian president demanded that exports of Russian gas to "unfriendly" countries be settled in rubles. The demand has raised concerns in Germany about possible supply disruptions and the impact on industry and households if utilities do not pay in robles. Europe gets about 40% of its gas from Russia. Last year, Europe imported about 155 billion cubic meters. Germany, Europe's largest economy, depends heavily on Russian gas.
The chief executive of Germany's E.ON said the German economy would face "significant damage, which should be avoided if possible" without Russian supplies. He also said it would take Germany three years to wean itself off Russian gas.
In the event of a supply disruption, Germany's gas network regulator would prioritize home heating over industrial use, so energy-hungry manufacturers such as steelmakers would be the first to suffer, he said.
The volatile international situations will continue to affect the markets and prices of many commodities like the Spherical Tungsten Carbide Powder.
As a typical representative of refractory metal carbides, spherical tungsten carbide powder is suitable for 3D printing and can produce higher quality cemented carbide products.
3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is the latest rapid prototyping device using technologies such as light curing and paper lamination. The biggest difference from ordinary printers is that the printing material can be liquid or solid powder. With the development of science and technology and the needs of popularization and application, the use of rapid direct prototyping to manufacture metal functional parts has become the main development direction of rapid prototyping.
Compared with traditional production methods, additive manufacturing technology has the characteristics of shorter production cycle, higher product precision, and individualization. In addition to being suitable for the manufacture of rapid prototyping small batch non-standard parts and heterogeneous material assemblies, metal 3D printing is also suitable for forming traditionally difficult parts, such as carbide tools, molds, structural parts, geological mining tools, etc.
Cemented carbide is an alloy material produced by powder metallurgy with tungsten carbide as the hard phase and cobalt, nickel, iron, copper and other metal elements as the bonding phase. It has high melting point, high strength, high hardness, good Red hardness, wear resistance, high temperature resistance and other characteristics, so it is widely used in extreme environments such as high temperature, high pressure, and high impact. However, alloys have very poor machinability due to their high hardness and high melting point.
The researchers used 3D printing technology to manufacture cemented carbide, which can effectively solve the problems of fracture, expansion and deformation of products made by traditional production methods. However, additive manufacturing technology has high requirements on the comprehensive performance of raw materials, and spherical tungsten carbide powder must be used, because it has the advantages of smooth surface, uniform particle size distribution, and high fluidity, which is the premise of smooth powder feeding and uniform powder distribution for 3D printers.
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As the duration of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine grows, its impact on commodities is widening amid the tug-of-war. Recently, European and American sanctions against Russia have been issued one after another. In response, Russia has taken advantage of its role as an important supplier of many energy and commodities, requiring exports of commodities, including energy, grain, metal, and wood, to "unfriendly" countries to be settled in robles. Therefore, it is expected that the price of the Spherical Tungsten Carbide Powder will continue to increase.
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