A Comparison of Iron Forging and Casting

When it comes to what is best for your iron product needs, there are many different options that you can choose from in order to ensure you get the best piece at the right price. The two main options to choose from are forging and casting. These two processes both have their own unique pros and cons and depending on what your needs are, it would be beneficial to understand both processes and which one is the right fit for you.

What is Forging?

Forging offers you a more uniform structure and formation than casting. In other words, forging is a more hands-on method of welding and shaping iron. This practice has been around for hundreds of years. Precise blows from the hammer and close attention to detail provide a more refined piece. Nothing beats a closer approach such as this. This closeness guarantees a sturdier, less fragile product and allows for more sophistication and attention to detail.

What is Casting?

Casting is a process that involves filling a mold with molten iron and allowing it to set. This method is a fast way to cast and create large iron products. It also provides more stability, because it does not require the small parts and detailed pieces that come with some forms of forging. Casting is a great way to make large products in a variety of shapes, sizes and alloys. Parts with internal cavities are no problem when casting, as the mold can be fitted in a variety of different ways.

Why Forging?

Forging is best suited for those with smaller pieces, generally parts and pieces that are under 50 kilograms. This method of molding iron allows for smaller products to have a greater level of detail and care as the process is done by hand. Also, the process of forging provides the iron with a much tighter grain, providing a more durable piece and a quality like no other. Forging also eliminates the possibilities of cavities and shrinkage in the products due to the high intensity and attention to detail provided by the forger.

Why Casting?

Casting is used for products that in general are quite large and that need to be manufactured in mass quantity. The casting might not be as durable as a piece that is forged, but products will be produced at a faster rate, and the tools used in the process are often cheaper than those used in forging. Also, casting provides you with a greater choice of alloys, including chrome and nickel, which allows for a larger variety of products to be created and services to be offered. If you would like more information on the casting and forging processes, please visit our website and contact us today for further assistance.