Forging

The forging process uses staged tooling and a pre-heated, near size billet to produce parts of a simple design. This is a low cost process for parts requiring the highest integrity and mechanical properties but subsequent machining operations are often required to produce the finished part. It can be used with a variety of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys.

Forging refines the grain structure and improves physical properties of the metal. With proper design, the grain flow can be oriented in the direction of principal stresses encountered in actual use.

  • Low piece price for high volume production
  • Some physical properties (such as strength, ductility and toughness) are much better in a forging than in the base metal
  • Produces high strength to weight ratio
  • Consistency from piece to piece
  • No porosity, voids, inclusions and other defects
  • Coating processes applied easier due to the smooth surface

We extended our services to include forging where there is a requirement for very high integrity parts of a simple design. The process is capable and our services include to the following:

  • Materials include stainless, carbon steel alloys, aluminium and titanium
  • Weight capabilities: min 10g
  • Size capabilities: max 600x500mm
  • ISO/TS 16949 approvals
  • Consistent lead times with stockholding options
  • Heat treatment, machining, assembly options
  • 3D design support
  • A wide range of finish options including painting, polishing, plating, anodizing and more
  • Wide market applications: oil & gas, automotive, aerospace, rail and more

Forging involves the hot metal being shaped using localized compressive forces.

  1. Near size billet is heated to “plastic” state
  2. Billet is formed using a number of staged tools
  3. Any “flash” is removed by separate tool or by hand once cooled
  4. Heat treatment, machining, surface treatments and other post processes as required