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Toughmet Bearing Comparison

The properties of Materion’s high-strength, copper-nickel-tin ToughMet® alloys provide significant performance advantages for demanding applications in harsh environments, ranging from aerospace bearings to heavy equipment linkage bushings to oil and gas equipment components and industrial power train bushings. 

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


Watch a video that features an engineer from Hess Corporation talking about the development, testing and results they achieved in the Bakken with ToughMet sucker rod couplings.

In the September issue of the American Oil & Gas Reporter, Materion alloys, including ToughMet alloys, were included in a feature article about next-generation metallurgy that can meet the demands of challenging oilfield applications. Read, New Metallurgy Improves Performance

Commercial Aerospace

ToughMet Aerospace Commercial

ToughMet 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 Heavy Equipment Bushing Bearing Materion

ToughMet alloy 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 Materion Oil and Gas Components

ToughMet 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 Automotive Powertrain Materion

ToughMet 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.