Open Die Forging

Open die forging is when a heated metal part is placed between a top die and attached to a ram and a bottom die is attached to an anvil or hammer. Each metal has its own appropriate temperature, these range from 500 degrees Fahrenheit to 2400 degrees Fahrenheit, this enables them to be shaped gradually into the desired structure by hammering or pressing the piece.

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Smith forging

Open die forging can also be known as smith forging. Open die forging gets its name from the die does not fully close so is classed as being open. During this process, the piece of metal that is being forged may flow in all other areas other than where it actually makes contact. The forger will need to be actively involved in the process from start to finish and continue to position the metal until it has the desired shape.

Open die drop forging

Most dies are flat, but some may have a curved surface to reshape the metal, the surface can be a convex or concave arch to ensure the metal has a rounded finish. Open die forging can produce many items, these include large discs and cylinders, and shafting, and large bars.

Advantages of open die drop forging

There are many advantages to open die forging, due to the repeated working of the metal the fatigue resistance will be improved, the structure's strength will increase and the metal will have longer endurance and a better grain.

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