Astroneer - Tungsten Carbide

astroneer tungsten carbide

Tungsten carbide is a composite resource in Astroneer. Having spent some time wondering how to get tungsten in the first place and then going to the effort of travelling to another planet to obtain it, you will find there is another tungsten related resource that you have to figure out. The good news is that this one is not complicated at all. In fact, the clue is in the name. Tungsten and carbon.

How Do You Get Tungsten Carbide?

In order to obtain tungsten carbide, you will need to first have a chemistry lab. You can then combine tungsten and carbon together to produce this resource.

1 Tungsten, 1 CarbonChemistry LabTungsten Carbide


What Can You Craft With Tungsten Carbide?

Tungsten carbide is used to craft the most advanced and strong drilling-related items in the game. Tungsten is often used in real life to improve the strength of drill bits and cutting blades, much like a diamond is. The table below will give you a full list of items that you can craft using Tungsten Carbide.

Backpack Printer1 Tungsten CarbideDrill Mod 2
Small Printer1 Ceramic, 1 Tungsten CarbideDrill Strength 1
1 Titanium Alloy, 1 Tungsten CarbideDrill Strength 2
Medium Printer1 Tungsten Carbide, 2 IronLarge Shredder
Large Printer2 Steel, 2 Tungsten CarbideExtra Large Shredder
1 Tungsten Carbide, 1 Rubber, 2 SteelAuto Extractor


What Does Tungsten Carbide Look Like?

Since you will not be able to find Tungsten Carbide naturally on any planet unless you find a unit of it in a wrecked ship, you will need to craft it. This is one of the more advanced resources in the game and you will need to put some extra effort into finding all of the pieces you need to actually craft it. The base ingredients will be Wolframite and organic. Once you have both of these, you will be able to work your way up the crafting chain to produce this resource.

what does tungsten carbide look like
Wolframite is used to produce tungsten. This is one of the two ingredients required to create the carbide version.
how to get tungsten carbide
Organic is the second material which can be collected from trees and plants. Put this in a furnace to create carbon which is used as the second ingredient to produce tungsten carbide.
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