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The properties of Materion’s high-strength, copper-nickel-tin ToughMet® 2 and ToughMet 3 alloys provide significant performance advantages for demanding applications operating in harsh environments, including aerospace bearings, heavy equipment linkage bushings, oil and gas equipment components, industrial powertrain bushings, automotive powertrain components and more. Learn more about how ToughMet alloys perform in the markets below. 

ToughMet alloys resist galling, corrosion and wear, and when used for bushings and bearings, they last longer and carry more load than those made of other materials. 

PROPERTIES | High strength | Anti-galling | Wear and corrosion resistant | Non-magnetic

To learn about the performance improvements and cost savings one of our customers experienced when switching from OEM steel bearings to bearings made of ToughMet alloy for an excavator bucket, read our case study.  

Commercial Aerospace

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ToughMet 3 alloy provides strength, durability and stability under extreme loads and the range of temperatures experienced during flights.


  • Landing gear
  • Wheels and brakes
  • Control surface and actuator bushings and bearings
  • Compression fit airframe fasteners
  • Connectors in electronic systems

Learn about alloys for commercial aerospace.

Heavy Equipment


ToughMet 2 and 3 alloys supports heavier loads and increases equipment uptime in high pressure, low speed applications.


  • Mining shovel and dragline undercarriage bearings
  • Large excavator bucket bushings
  • Continuous miners
  • Extrusion press plates
  • Marine prop shaft bushings

Learn about alloys for heavy equipment.

Oil and Gas


ToughMet 3 alloy has attributes beyond those found in other high-strength copper alloys used in high temperature, high pressure regimes.


  • MWD, LWD, directional drilling tools
  • Drill bit bearings
  • Well-head control and manifold systems
  • ROV, fluid control and landing systems

Learn about alloys for oil & gas.

Automotive Powertrain


ToughMet 3 alloy provides longer life in higher speed, lower pressure applications, and its low friction properties allow for cold starts.


  • Racing valve guides and seats
  • Gear box thrust washers
  • Engine and generator bearings
  • Valve spring retainers
  • Camshaft bearings

Learn about alloys for automotive powertrain.