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What Is the Difference Between Castings and Forgings?

There are several different methods and techniques that can be used in manufacturing a variety of different metal components. Based on the purpose and ultimate use of the metal part, different procedures are used to create the highest quality piece possible. While determining the best process, some arrive at the question of whether they need castings or forgings. Which would be more effective for their metal component and most cost effective? Keep reading to find out the differences and find out which process would be more beneficial to your business!

What Are Castings?

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The casting process is where the metal is heated until molten and then poured into a die to form a specific shape. This process is beneficial when the shape of the component is intricate or when the component needs to be a very large size. Another advantage of castings is that machining costs can sometimes be cut down because the component can be made to certain specifications.

What Are Forgings?

Forging is a technique where metal is heated up and then hammered and manipulated into the final desired shape. Forgings are generally stronger than castings, but there are some limitations to manufacturing capabilities of forging. Components can not be very intricate or complex when forging. Usually if a component needs to be forged and also needs to meet certain size requirements, the component needs to be machined after it has been produced.

Are Castings or Forgings Better?

Which metal component production method is better? This will completely depend on what the component will ultimately be used for. Both castings and forgings have their advantages, so depending on what the component will be used in will determine which production method will serve you better. If you have questions about what type of metal component you should be purchasing for your company give Ferralloy, Inc. a call today! We are metalworking industry leaders and have the technical authority to deliver the highest quality castings and forgings! Whatever your metal need is, we can meet it and exceed your expectations!