What is forging? It is nothing but the manufacturing process where a metal is pressed hard under high pressure to produce high-strength parts. For applications where safety and performance are critical, Forged Aluminum is used and for higher efficiency, speed, and energy, any light-weight metal is preferred. In short, the type of metal used for forging depends on the final use of the metal.
Aluminum is the most widely used metal for forging because it is the metal that is found in abundance on the planet. Also, this metal is light, soft, and is highly durable. This metal when exposed to air forms the Aluminum oxide, a hard coating on the surface, prevent from rusting and oxidation. There are different variants of Aluminum that are used for different purposes. So choose the variants depending on the use. So, why Aluminum forging? Here are a few advantages of using Aluminum.
Aluminum is one of the easiest available metal on the planet. When you heat this metal and then forged, it exhibits mechanical properties. This when compared with other forgings like steel, we will find that the ratio between strength and weight is at top-notch for aluminum than the steel forging. Aluminum forging help to attain good strength and still remain lightweight. Due to this, aluminum forging is designed in such a way that it provides the right grain structure to suit all kinds of application.
Tooling Aluminum forgings are cheaper and production is also on a higher rate. Cost is a major factor that needs to be considered and is generally high when it comes to raw materials. There are many types of aluminum forgings used in all highly compressed applications due to this factor.
It is to be understood that all shapes cannot be forged in Aluminum and it is not like the casting. When you are considering the process of aluminum forging, it is important to check and think on the making of the design that has been proposed. Ensure optimum shapes and forms are suggested. 3D modeling package and its 2D drawing allow clients to transfer them to a forging business before the starting phase to make necessary changes. The history of aluminum forging sees the use of â€˜open dieâ€™ forgings (in very large) used in various industries like the aircraft. The size of the component may not inhibit the use of a component (forged) although initially, it may look tedious.
You can produce varieties of surface finishes with Aluminum forgings products. This includes smooth surfaces to hard or sharp dents. There are some variants which already have anti-corrosion properties even without giving any surface treatments. This makes it cost effective and gives perfect finish as well.
To conclude, in spite of many new forging applications, people still demand and look out for a new casting technique. Aluminum forging still continues to be the best solution for many applications where the need for light-weight, strength are on priorities and are demanded at cheap rates. Certain manufacturers are increasingly demanding these properties due to which forgings are produced at cheaper rates in local markets.
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