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Open Die Forging

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Open die forging is a process of shaping metal parts in a way that maintains the grain structure of the metal, and enhances the strength and durability of the completed part. Open die forging is classified by the temperature at which the open die forging is performed: the steel is heated above the recrystallization temperature and gradually worked into the desired shape. Open die forging is often used to create rough shapes: blocks, rounds, spindles, but can also be used in more detailed forging operations, such as the creation of custom forged crankshafts. Forged parts are stronger and more durable than similar cast or machined parts.

Open Die Forging Manufacturers

  • Great Lakes Forge is an open die forging manufacturer and a producer of custom forged crankshafts. Great Lakes Forge is based in the Midwest and offers the shortest lead times in the forging industry. When your usual forging supplier can't make your turnaround, Great Lakes Forge is ready with decades of expertise and a large inventory of steel grades in stock.

Open Die Forging Process

This open die forging video by Great Lakes Forge demonstrates the open die forging process in forging a metal rectangle and a forged metal round. These basic forged metal shapes are then used by manufacturers to produce finished components that are stronger and more durable than standard metal components.