What is press forging?

Press forging is a variation on the forging process. Rather than the metal workpiece being ‘hit’ with a single or multiple blows, the forming process is more akin to the kneading of bread. A high power press is used to squeeze the metal in to a new shape or section size. Press forging is most commonly used as the first shaping process of large, cast ingots to close-up any internal voids and make a bar more suitable for further forging. After press forging, the metal workpiece will normally be returned to a reheat furnace, to bring it up to temperature ready for hammer or die forging.

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