Metal Forging

Chaparral Technologies is a premier Manufacturer’s Representative Agency that can readily provide outsourcing solutions to numerous industries. We work with experienced manufacturers who you can rely on to deliver consistent high-quality components. Metal forging is one of many manufacturing processes we can help our customers source.

Our manufacturer network continuously invests in leading technology so they can provide high quality parts and assemblies. Our forging capabilities range from parts weighing a few pounds to parts weighing over 70,000 pounds. These parts can be provided to our customers as raw forgings or machined complete, ready to be assembled into their product. We strive to deliver customer success and satisfaction while nurturing our relationships with manufacturers, equipped with a wide range of capabilities to serve our clients better.

What is Forging?

Metal forging is a metalworking or shaping technique that deforms, compresses, and shapes metals to achieve a desired appearance or form. It has been around since the time of the Mesopotamians when the process was used to create tools and weapons.

Modern equipment and technical methods made the whole process faster, more durable, and more manageable. However, forging metal isn’t as simple as putting pressure on the material to achieve the perfect product. There are two types of forging to consider: 

Hot Forging

In hot forging, the metal is heated up to its recrystallization temperature, which can reach up to 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit. Here, the main benefit is decreased energy needed to form the metal. Heating metal reduces its yield strength while increasing flexibility, making it easier to form or shape.

Cold Forging

Cold forging metals are done at room temperature. It increases versatility in forging techniques, such as bending, coining, cold heading, extruding, and cold drawing. However, it requires more powerful equipment.

Metal Forging Processes

Apart from cold and hot forging, there are multiple forging processes considered to forge metals successfully. The most common ones are as follows:

Open Die Forging

This process, also known as drop forging, shapes or creates a metal part or workpiece in an open die. The available design allows the metal to flow everywhere except the part touching the die. The process involves pounding the workpiece and the die until it takes the shape and form of the die.

Cold Die Forging

This process uses molds, and it’s often referred to as impression die forging. The molds are attached to an anvil while the molten metal is forced into the die. For complex shapes, multiple dies are used.

Seamless Rolled Ring Forging

In rolled ring forging, the middle part of the workpiece is removed to create a donut or oval shape. After the workpiece is heated, it’s pressed between a driver, an idler, and axial rolls that are constantly rotating.

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Common Applications of Metal Forging

Forging is used to create metal parts used in various industries, which is essential in developing materials that can support society. It’s found to be helpful in numerous applications.

Some examples of industries and parts forging can produce as follows:

  • Automotive: Wheel spindles, axles beams, kingpins, ball joints
  • Agriculture: Components and connectors of machinery
  • Oil: Valves, reducers, flanges, saddles
  • Weapons: Guns and rifles

The examples above are just some of the applications and parts created by metal forging. Forgings versatile range of processes makes it an essential tool for most industries that require sturdy metal components for different industrial uses.

Trust Chaparral Technologies to Find the Right Solution for You

If you’re searching for a trusted manufacturer with exceptional metal forging capabilities, trust Chaparral Technologies to find the right solution. We offer value engineering and manufacturing support to ensure your requirements are met.

If you have questions or concerns about our services, feel free to contact us today. You may also request a quote, and we can get started on your project quickly. We look forward to hearing from you!

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