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Wednesday 11th May 2016

Cold Forging - What You Should Know

Knowledge of cold forging in British engineering circles is quite rare and even many engineering / design graduates do not know anything about cold forging.

The default production process for multi-diameter parts seems to be bar turning.

This is a great pity because, when compared to cold forging:

Bar turning can be up to 10 times more expensive

- Bar turning is up to four times slower
- A bar turned part is weaker than it’s cold forged counterpart due to grain boundaries being broken by the turning process
- Bar turning produces a lot of scrap.

Here are some interesting facts about cold forging that you should know:

Cold forging is a net shape process i.e. the part has no scrap associated with it

- Due to the net shape forging process, the grain boundaries are maintained and so it is inherently stronger than the equivalent turned part
- Manufacturing speeds of up to 250 parts per minute are achievable
- Cold forging uses wire to produce parts, commonly used materials include low and high carbon steels and boron (for heat treated parts), stainless steel (430,304,316) brass, copper, aluminium and aluminium alloys, and titanium
- Great Cost savings can be made if we are involved at the beginning rather that the end of a design project
- We produce 20 million parts per month for all kinds of industries all over the world from our two cold forging plants in Birmingham in the West Midlands
- Our expertise in this area has no rival. The product solutions we can provide have the potential to save you production costs and help you to produce better end products.

Want to find out more about cold forging? :

Contact or call me, Steve Hardeman on +44(0)121-378-5960

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