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Titanium, symbol Ti, atomic number 22, is an extremely strong, light metal, stronger than steel, lighter than aluminum, and it also doesn't corrode much, making it basically the ultimate metal to make things out of. However, it's high melting point and difficulty to work into shapes makes it extremely espensive, so it's not very widely used commercially except for expensive specialty products such as camping pans where it's important to be light, and these can cost over one hundred dollars.

Titanium is also commonly used for medical implants, such as knee replacements or skull caps, because of it's aformentioned virtues, and because these items tend to be worth the high cost to the person buying them.

Titanium dioxide is used as a white pigment in many white paints, and is used to make colored paints more opaque.

These are my samples!

Titanium Sponge

This is the first step in the titanium refining process that actually contains pure titanium, the process goes as follows: titanium ore is first refined into one pure compound, I believe titanium dioxide, then put into a massive vacuum furnace (titanium burns in air under high heat), along with some magnesium, and baked at extreme temperatures. What comes out is this stuff, weird clumps and dust of pure titanium, which can then be re-melted (under inert gas) to form useful items.

Date added(year-month-day):20120511, sample number:106

Tags(Elements in sample):titanium

Small Bullion Bar Set

This is a small set of bars I got as a gift, including titanium, niobium, molybdenum, indium, tin, and tantalum. It had a few more like brass and copper, but I didn't include them because they weren't unusual enough....

Date added(year-month-day):20110724, sample number:17

Tags(Elements in sample):titanium, niobium, molybdenum, indium, tin, tantalum

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