Tantalum 50mm Lucite Cube

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Tantalum 50mm Lucite Cube

65.00

Tantalum is a rare, semi-precious metal that is in high demand worldwide. In particular, tantalum is a key resource in the production of high-grade capacitors for electrical circuits. A capacitor is a component that can hold an electrical charge, like a battery, but one which is also able to temper that energy in a controlled flow. It acts therefore as a buffer to the "unclean" power coming from the mains. Tantalum's role here is that it has proven to be the ideal metal for storing large amounts of energy in the smallest place: crucial for enabling the miniaturized components that make portable electronics possible.

Unfortunately, tantalum is not abundant in nature and its main deposits happen to be located in areas of high conflict like the Congo in Africa. This makes it not only a rare commodity but one whose supply is subject to volatility as well. The metal itself is remarkable for its high density and extremely high melting point; traits that it shares with next of kin tungsten.

This attractive offering consists of a grouping of small plates juxtaposed at slightly different angles so as to reflect light as though rhinestones. Holding it thus in hand you appreciate the character of the metal which varies from bright and reflective to the dark gray and dull which it normally tends toward.

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