Forging FAQ’s


Forge Resource Group is here to help answer any questions you may have. As a closed-die forging company, our work is one area of forging- there are many ways to forge a part! Some of the most common questions we encounter regarding the forging process are below:

“Is forging similar to casting?” 

 Casting and forging are both described as taking metal material and making it into specific forms and shapes. However, the processes involved in forming that metal are very different. Casting requires the material to be in a molten state and then poured into a “cast” for the final shape. The forging process takes a bar or billet of material and heats it to a high temperature without melting it; making the metal soft and malleable. It is then hammered or pressed into a specific shape in a closed-die by a hammer.

“What kind of forge are you?”  

We are a premier closed die forge, with upset forge and press capabilities, also including laser cut sheet metal capabilities.

“What materials do you work with?”  

We are certified and experts in a variety of materials including:

Carbon Steel (1000, 1100, 1200, and 1500 series) 

Alloy Steel (4000-9000 series)

Stainless Steel (300, 400 series. PH Grades 13.8, 15.5, 17.4)  

Aluminum (2000, 6000, 7000 series)

“Where can I find forgings? What do they do?”

Forgings are everywhere! Involvement in 12 different markets has given us rich diverse experiences and the knowledge to produce a variety of items. From airplanes, oil rigs, to cars and the smallest valves, steel forgings have a large and diverse application.

“I think my product can be forged but I’m not sure, can you do it?”

We would be more than happy to forge an item for you. Submit a request for a quote on our website with prints and our engineering department will immediately start working on finding the best-forged solution for you.

“What is grain flow?”

Grain flow is related to the physical properties of the material as it is forged. When heated to the forging temperature, the structural crystals inside the material are able to flow in the direction of the least pressure and re-crystallize within the material while being formed under the pressure of the hammer. This creates a forging that structurally is stronger, tougher, and more resistant to force.

“We did a similar part earlier with you but have a new design, can you do the new one?”

Of course! We can re-tool previous dies and adapt them to the current dimensions as needed, take a look at our Capabilities for more information.

“What are the shipping and receiving hours for Forge Resources Group?”

Monday–Thursday: 6 AM — 3:30 PM.

On Fridays, 7 AM — 2 PM.


For a more detailed process of forging and to help answer some of your questions go to our Why Forging? page!


Have a question that’s not on this page? Fill out the form below and we will get you answers!