Canton Drop Forge FAQs

Canton Drop Forge is committed to providing our customers with detailed information about our forging process. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions that can help you with your decision to partner with Canton Drop Forge.

What is forging?

Forging is one of the oldest known metalworking processes involving the shaping of metal using localized compressive forces. The forces are typically delivered with a hammer or press. Forging is often classified according to the temperature at which it is performed: cold forging which is a type of cold working, warm forging, or hot forging. For the latter two, the metal is heated in a gas or induction furnace but remains in a solid state. Forged parts can range in weight from less than a kilogram to hundreds of metric tons. Forging has been done by smiths for centuries; with traditional forging products included kitchenware, hardware, hand tools, edged weapons and the like. Forged parts since the Industrial Revolution have been widely used in equipment and machines wherever a component requires high strength and toughness. These forgings usually require further processing, such as machining, to achieve a finished part.

Why is forging better than other processes?

See our article on Why a Forging.

What kind of forging process do we use?

Canton Drop Forge uses large steam-powered hammers to produce closed-die and open-die parts.

What kinds of metal materials do we forge?

Canton Drop Forge forges a wide-variety of metals, including carbon and alloy steels, stainless steels, aircraft quality steels, titanium and superalloys like Waspaloy, A-286 and 718.

What are the size limitations on a forged part?  

CDF can forge parts weighing up to 3,500#s.

What industries do we produce parts for?  

See forging markets sections

What is grain flow?

See forging glossary of terms.

How do I request a quote?

You can request a quote through our website, by emailing one of our sales staff, or by calling 330-477-4511 and requesting the sales department.

When requesting a custom die forging quote, should I provide my finished machine sizes or do I need to add extra material to allow for clean up?

A finished machine drawing is sufficient for a quote, however CDF may request a model to be submitted prior to production if available. In most cases, CDF will create a forging drawing that will need agreed to prior to production of parts.