17-4 Stainless Steel Forgings

Great Lakes Forge & 17-4 PH Stainless Steel

Great Lakes Forge provides a full range of custom forging capabilities for 17-4 PH stainless steel. We can provide custom forgings up to 6,000 lbs., from 2.5" to 24" in diameter/thickness, and up to 12' in length. With the industry's fastest turnaround times, our forging services are ideal for high or low volume production, as well as prototyping.

To meet the needs of your unique project, we can create a variety of custom forged shapes, including blocks, rectangles, flats, plates, rounds, discs, sleeves, flat, square and round bars, hubs, spindles, stepshafts, and sheets, as well as other custom geometries.

We offer numerous milling and rough turning capabilities to deliver 17-4 stainless steel forgings that are as close as possible to the desired size and shape, at a reasonable cost. Our in-house machine shop, quality-controlled heat-treating processes, and various testing capabilities help us ensure the quality, consistency, and dimensional accuracy of our custom 17-4 PH forgings.

Forged 17-4 PH Steel Shapes

17-4 Stainless PH Steel Properties 

17-4 PH stainless steel is a martensitic precipitation age-hardening material with any beneficial characteristics, including:

  • High strength
  • High hardness
  • High fatigue strength
  • Good galling and stress corrosion resistance
  • Exceptional oxidation resistance at temperatures up to 1,100°F (593°C)
  • Excellent corrosion resistance (comparable to chromium nickel grades)

17-4 PH Stainless Steel Composition

Element % Content
 Carbon  0.07 (max.)
 Chromium  15.00 to 17.50
 Columbium + Tantalum 
 0.15 to 0.45
 Copper  3.00 to 5.00
 Manganese  1.00 (max.)
 Nickel  3.00 to 5.00
 Phosphorous  0.040 (max.)
 Silicon  1.00 (max.)
 Sulfur  0.030 (max.)
 Iron  balance

17-4 PH Stainless Steel Hardness

Tempered 17-4 stainless steel can reach Brinell scale hardness of up to 388, and Rockwell hardness of up to C40. 

17-4 Stainless Steel Heat Treatment 

17-4 PH stainless steel is often hardened by heating solution-treated material to temperatures from 900°F to 1,150°F (482°C to 621°C) for one to four hours. The material must then be air cooled to below 90°F (32°C) to allow for complete transformation to martensite. 

17-4 Stainless Steel Machinability 

17-4 PH stainless steel is readily machined in both solution-treated (condition A) and in the precipitation hardened condition. For annealed 17-4 stainless steel, surface cutting speed averages 80 ft/min, similar to 13-8 stainless steel.

Contact Great Lakes Forge for Custom 17-4 Stainless Steel Forgings & More

Request a quote today on the custom 17-4 stainless steel forgings you need. Or, contact Great Lakes Forge for more information.

In addition to 17-4 PH stainless steel, we also have the capabilities to forge over 200 different materials. If your project requires a specific type or grade of steel, please don't hesitate to contact us. The material you need may be in our inventory, and if it isn't, close relationships with our material providers enable us to procure the material you need quickly and cost-effectively. 


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