In addition to open die forging, Anderson Shumaker uses hammer forging to manufacture many of our products. What’s the difference? Let’s find out in today’s blog post.
What is Hammer Forging?
This forging technique uses two dies. These dies are attached to a moving ram and a stationary anvil. The operated places heated metal on the anvil. It is then repeatedly hammered with the the moving die. The hammer’s force forms the metal into its desired shape. How many hammer drops are needed depends on what is being made. This forging method requires a lot of power to ram the metal into the desired shape. Therefore, hammer forging often requires mechanical force to create enough force and pressure to shape the hot metal. Anderson Shumaker forges with both 4000 lb and 3000 lb hammers. This equipment uses steam and/or air pressure to create enough force to work heated metal. This method is ideal for individual forgings, as it works small areas at a time to achieve a strong, solid forging.
Hammer forging has a lot of advantages. For instance:
- Forging strong parts & pieces
- Creating good mechanical properties
- Fast manufacturing technique
- Makes less material waste
- Produces excellent product grain flow
Finish machining is often the final step of this method, because close dimensional tolerances cannot be obtained with this method alone. Luckily for our clients, Anderson Shumaker offers extensive in-house machining to save both time and money.
Hammer forging is an excellent choice for forging pieces that are subject to high-stress end use environments. Anderson Shumaker uses hammers to create pieces for many of our industry clients, including aerospace, construction machinery, special machinery, and custom forgings. For example, our shop uses hammer to make:
Contact Anderson Shumaker today for more information about how hammer forging can create the parts your project needs.