Stainless Steel Forgings

Stainless steel forgings are manufactured using either an open die forging, or closed die forging process, and are typically used for applications that are exposed to the elements and require greater resistance to corrosion.

Manufacturers of Stainless Steel Forgings

  • Great Lakes Forge is a custom open die forging company based in the Midwest that manufactures stainless steel forgings, including stainless steel blocks as well as shafts and other shapes and parts. Great Lakes Forge produces forgings with the shortest lead times in the industry, working with the oil & gas industry, pump industry, as well as aerospace, custom machinery, and any other industry requiring custom forgings.

Advantages of Stainless Steel Forgings

Standard forged parts are manufactured from many grades of stainless steel, carbon steels, and allow steels. Stainless steel is a low carbon steel that has 10% or more chromium by weight. Chromium is what gives stainless steel its particular characteristics, including the sheen and corrosion resistant properties.

Stainless steel is more expensive than other types of steel, however stainless steel forgings also boast a greatly increased lifespan. Stainless steel forgings have a great resistance to corrosion as well as resisting pitting, deformation, stress cracking, and better fire and heat resistance. The 300 series of stainless steel also is ideal for stainless steel forgings that require high impact resistance, with a microstructure that is extremely tough even at very low temperatures.

While stainless steel may have a greater upfront cost, it’s longer lifespan often makes stainless steel forgings less expensive over time, since the parts will not have to be replaced as often.

There are over 60 grades of stainless steel that are used for different applications and offer different specific properties. Among the most popular grades used in stainless steel forgings are the 300 series, 400 series, and the precipitation hardening grades, including 17-4 stainless steel.

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