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Different Types of Metal Forging

WWhat can be done hot, cold, or warm, and generally requires forming with a hammer or press? Metal forging. Parts that are created by forging importers are used in many different applications, from automobiles to loudspeakers.

Metal forging is based on the same concept blacksmith's used in making horseshoes. Instead of multiple blows with the hammer on the anvil, compressive force is used. The slow squeezing action of a press allows the material to remain uniform in size. In the open die process, the product isn’t completely covered as the dies are shaping it. This process is commonly used for large parts, like shafts and sleeves.

The most common type of metal forging is impression die forging, which is how most forging production is done. This type of forging has two dies that are brought together. The work in progress undergoes plastic deformation until the sides touch the die sidewalls. Then a material called flash is flowed outside the die. When the flash cools it becomes part of the form, completely filling the die.

Upset forgings are another type of metal forgings. This type of forging is widely used when making the heads of bolts and fasteners. Then there is roll forging and swaging, which involve a rod or tube. In swaging the tube or rod is what takes the shape of the die.

Forging Importers

Just about all metals can be forged, but the most common forging metals include alloy, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, copper, nickel, and cobalt. Each metal has certain characteristics and forging importers will use the metal that works best for the product at hand.

When you choose The Simmons Group, we’ll be happy to help with all of your aluminum forging, titanium forging, and other metal forging needs. Contact us at today to learn more!

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