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What are the significant properties of Forged Steel?

Forging is an industrial method to hammer out heated metal into your desired shape. Now there are different ways to create diverse shapes, each method has its own benefits, backdrops, and properties. Forging is a unique method which has its exclusive set of properties.

Forging is an ancient technique of beating heated metal ores to a certain shape. Earlier the tools used were simplified, straight iron rods and various types of hammers was the way around forging, though times have changed now. The conventional hammers are replaced by big machines and what used to be hefty labor is now taken over by high tech machinery. Another method of creating new shapes from metal is called casting. Both methods yield specific properties after the forged metal solidifies.

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Here are some of the properties metal gains after the process of forging-

Durability-

Forging manufacturer companies have established forging’s superiority over any other process as far as strength and durability is a concern. The process is responsible for this strength, the metal is heated and endured through intense pressure though hammering and pressing. The metal grain expands and through the pressure, they align in the desired shape and direction. When you have attained the desired shape, the metal is cooled down by water or oil. The result is stronger steel which is ideal for swords and other smaller articles to forge.

Anisotropic-

While casting is isotropic and shares the same bond and strength throughout t material in all directions, forging has a different property. Forging is anisotropic, this means the worked upon steel has a greater strength in the direction of the grain flow when deformation occurs. This means forging is stronger on the longitudinal axis rather than the latitudes.

Consistency-

Forging is a controlled method, you have control over every hammer and the amount of steel ore used. Hence, one can easily achieve consistency after one or two batches of running forges. If your product is going to be long term than this consistency will result in great quality and yield better quantity. On the other hand, steel casting is much random and can produce deliberate deformities in the finished product.

Limitations-

Forging is the process of heated solid metals while casting need the metal to be in liquid form. This makes forging a difficult process. Everything froms the size of the forge to the design and thickness of the metal is taken into account. Hence, forging smaller shapes is better, bigger the forging area gets it's more difficult to forge. This results in Forging companies in India to use casting to attain much bigger and cleaner shapes.

Forging is not a new concept it started in 4000BC in the land of Mesopotamia. Earlier it was Bronze and iron was used but not steel has become the forging ore for today’s modern generation. However, as the aforementioned Forging is ideal for smaller metal objects like knives, agricultural tools, highway equipment, aerospace equipment, and more.  

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