Open Die vs. Closed Die Forging: What You Need to Know

Two of the most common forging techniques are open die forging and closed die forging. Both have their own processes, advantages, disadvantages, and applications across various industries. These types of forging are commonly done in the aircraft, aerospace, or oil industries. Learn the differences with Steel Industries and find the right type for you.   What IS Open Die Forging?…
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Aluminum Forging for Aerospace Applications

Aluminum has been a reliable material for the aviation industry for generations. Over time, we’ve seen aluminum move from aviation to aerospace. We’ve seen aluminum as a primary component of… The Apollo spacecraft Sputnik1 in 1957 The Skylab space station Space shuttles, and International Space Station. Modern spacecraft are now composed of 50-90% of forged aluminum. Why is that? Aluminum…
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What is Seamless Rolled Ring Forging?

The seamless rolled ring forging process plays an important role in manufacturing metal parts for machinery, wind turbines, jet engines, helicopter gearboxes and many other industries. Because of the forging process, seamless rolled rings have an added strength and fatigue resistance not found in welded rings or torch-cut rings. Seamless Rolled Ring Forging Process The rolled ring forging process typically…
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Forged Metal vs. Cast Metal

Forging and casting are two different manufacturing processes used to manipulate the shape of metal. The casting process involves heating metal until it is liquefied and then pouring it into a mold to create a desired shape, while forging involves heating metal until it is malleable, but still in a solid state, and then pressing or hammering it into a…
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Aerospace Industry Forging A Bright Future

When Orville Wright took the first powered aircraft flight back in 1903, he traveled about 120 feet. On the last flight of the day, Wilbur Wright flew 852 feet. The aerospace industry has been evolving almost as quickly ever since. Steel Industries has worked closely with aerospace manufacturers for decades and we’ve seen plenty of revolutionary changes in forging technology…
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Forged Steel Grades: 5 Keys to Selecting the Right Grade

Iron and carbon. Combining these two materials makes basic steel and the amount of carbon used in the forging process determines the grade. So it should be simple to select the right grade of steel right?  Not exactly. That’s because there are more than 3,500 different grades of steel based on a wide range of alloy combinations and forging methods….
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Advantages of Open-Die Forging

Steel Industries’ open die forgings are produced on hydraulic presses that can handle up to 25,000 pounds of metal at temperatures well above 2000-degrees Fahrenheit. That’s a long way from the origins of open die forging, which began with hand, hammer, and smith forging methods many centuries ago. Even though it’s the oldest form of forging, the open die process is…
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Benefits of Heat Treating for Aluminum Forgings

Materials engineers spend countless hours researching ways to create new metals that are lighter and stronger. At Steel Industries, we already know that nothing beats heat-treated aluminum forgings. It’s the best option for companies that need lightweight, energy-efficient components. Heat-Treated Aluminum Forgings Stack Up to Steel When it’s forged and heat-treated, aluminum takes on some mechanical properties that are comparable…
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