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Open Die Forging and Closed Die Forging Sourcing Services

Open and closed die forging are two of the most common options for metal deformation. While similar in the basic idea of using pressure and temperature to modify material, the two types of forging are made distinct by their use of dies to form the metal.

Compass & Anvil works with trusted sourcing partners to ensure quality components and trouble-free shipping. For decades, we’ve built relationships with manufacturers to help you find the best creative sourcing solution for your application. From open die and closed die forging services to metal stampings or extrusions and castings, we enable you to get your job done.

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Why Should I Outsource my Smith Forging or Impression Die Forging Services?

Finding, evaluating, and establishing a relationship with a forging manufacturer can be costly, time-consuming, and frustrating. When you work with Compass & Anvil’s sourcing services, we take the stress out of your open or closed die forging process.

We connect you with a domestic or offshores manufacturing partner who can meet all your requirements while working within your budget. We’re with you from start to finish, facilitating communication through your final product’s delivery. In addition to our partners in free forging or impression die forging, we source projects to manufacturers whose capabilities include:

Open Die & Closed Die Forging Processes

When you need to deform metal into a custom component, open and closed die forging are two popular processes. They both use the same basic heating and application of calculated pressure, but the two methods diverge in the die plates themselves.

Compass & Anvil will help you source a forging operation that fits your requirements, budget, and exact specifications for open or closed die forging.

Open Die Forging

Open die forging is also called smith forging or free forging. Products formed through open die forging often need secondary machining and refining to achieve the tolerances required for the finished specifications. Smith forging is often used for short runs of parts that are simple in design, such as discs, rings, sleeves, cylinders, and shafts. Custom shapes can also be produced with free forging.

The repeated working of the material through the deformation process increases the strength of the grain structure. Other advantages of open die forging include improved fatigue resistance, higher strength, and reduced voids. Open die forging also requires little or no tooling costs and lowers lead times. However, this forging process doesn’t always produce consistent results and often requires machining to complete the component.

Closed Die Forging

Also referred to as impression die forging, closed die forging utilizes a succession of impression dies to modify the material into the final desired shape and form. The type of material, tightness of tolerances, and need for heat treatment can determine the number of passes the product requires through the die. We source high-quality impression die forging from partners who use top-of-the-line equipment, including:

  • Mechanical forging presses
  • Hydraulic forging presses
  • Drop forging

No matter the type of equipment processing your component, closed die forging features reduced machining, better surface finishes, higher levels of precision, and several other advantages compared to open die forging. However, it is not economical for short production runs and comes with a higher initial setup cost.

Reliably Sourced Die Forging for Any Industry

All types of companies make use of sourcing services from Compass & Anvil to fulfill their open and closed die forging requirements. We have and continue to source manufacturing partners for clients in industries such as:

Let Compass & Anvil remove the stress and frustration of finding an open die forging or closed die forging company. We can connect you with a dependable and trustworthy manufacturer for your custom components through our vast network of industry relationships. To learn more about what we can do for your application and how our sourcing services have helped clients in the past, look at our gallery of past work.

Contact Compass & Anvil to Connect with Your Sourced Die Forging Operations

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