When it comes to manufacturing metal parts, it is crucial to consider all the different variables that are needed to ensure that you are making the right decision. Each manufacturing process is a viable option, and so it all depends on so many factors – especially where and what it is for, the amount, and its total cost. In the case of rigging products, “Which one is better? Steel forgings or machined forgings?” is the question that has been asked so many times by clients. If you’re wondering the same thing, keep reading to find out the pros and cons.
Pros and Con of Forging and Machining
Forging is the process of forming material into a solid state, typically by heating the metal first to make it malleable and then hammering or pressing it to create a specific shape. Machining is a term that is typically a computerized process that passes a piece of metal into the machining tool. It is used to remove excess metal from raw materials. Most forging and casting processes result in dimensions and surface conditions that will still require machining to achieve the desired dimension and shape.
Pros of Machining
Machining is convenient for producing pieces of complicated and acute-angled shapes. It is suitable and cost-effective for one-time production and for those who are not aiming for mass production output. Some forgings also use machines for surface finishes to cast molds for their forging presses due to pre-program accuracy.
Pros of Forging
Forging is the perfect option if you need to make thousands of replicas of the same molded piece of metal. It offers uniformity of composition and structure. Forging results in metallurgical recrystallization and grain. The tight grain structure of forging offers great wear resistance without the need to make products harder than they are.
Cons of Machining
Machining can take a while, as opposed to forging, which can produce basic parts easily and quickly. The true expense, however, is in the amount of waste produced when metal is removed from each fabrication that results in shavings that can only be sold for scraps.
Cons of Forging
With forging, you may need to perform several secondary processes to achieve the desired outcome. Forging sizes are limited due to the size of the press.
What to Consider When Choosing Between Forging and Machining
Ask yourself how strong and detailed you need your product to be. While machining is probably the most useful alternative in a wider variety of situations, forging is the way to go if you’re looking for a stronger and tactile production.
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