The closed-die forging process – Choosing a Metal



Following on from part one of the closed-die forging process (mould design), we’re taking a look at another step, choosing your metal.

During the design phase, customers research strength and weigh factors to decide which metal is most suitable for their product.

Advising the client

We offer friendly advice where we see fit, using our past closed-die forging experiences if a metal has not worked in a particular shape. We will discuss this with our client and advise accordingly.

If the client is confident of the material then we can also test to see if that specification is right for the parts purpose.

Which metals are available?

Depending what is needed from the part, many factors come into play. Metal can be forged into different strengths or different weights.


Aluminium has low density, high strength and easy machining which makes it a good material for closed-die forging. Parts formed out of aluminium are usually lightweight and are generally used for things such as cars or motorcycles.

Stainless Steel and Carbon Steels

Steel metals are usually used for more robust parts such as fuel lines or hydraulic connectors. Steel is often used for components that require corrosion resistance and rust resistance. These types of metal are very versatile and are used for different applications.


Copper forged parts have high levels of conductivity which makes them an excellent choice for things such as electrical components. Copper can also withstand high temperatures and higher loads than other materials.


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Victoria Forging has been providing high quality forging services since 1904. We have worked with some high profile brands and have a wide range of knowledge about the industry. Get in touch with us today to discuss your forging requirements.

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