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Stainless, Carbon & Alloy Steel Inventory


Inventory of steel types at Great Lakes Forge
Grades of steel worked in a metal forge in Traverse City, Michigan

Stainless, carbon and alloy steel forgings are consistently used for a wide variety of applications that require a strong, heat resistant metal that is easily machinable. We stock numerous grades of carbon, alloy steel and stainless steel forging metals for your project requirement needs.

If you have any questions regarding our forging materials contact us or request a quote for an in-depth price analysis.

Stainless Steel Forgings

Forged stainless steel enhances and amplifies the existing qualities of stainless steel. In essence, the forging process improves the corrosion resistance of stainless steel, permitting the grade to endure and withstand harsh, aggressive and more extreme environments. The stainless steel forgings process also creates a unique and continuous grain flow that follows the stainless steel part unlike other processes such as casting or machining, which helps to provide strength where it's needed most. Some of the additional advantages of forged stainless steel, include: 

  • Higher strength to weight ratio
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Heat resistance
  • Performs well in high stress environments

Carbon Steel Forgings

Carbon steel is ideal for open die forgings since it increases the strength of the material by eliminating flaws like air bubbles or other characteristics associated with casting. In addition to being mechanically stronger, another advantage of carbon steel forging over casting is the increased wear and impact resistance that is a result of the tight grain structure of the composition post forging. Additional features of carbon steel forgings, include:

  • Withstands high temperatures & pressure
  • Increased strength
  • High toughness & wear resistance values
  • Malleable & ductile 

Alloy Steel Forgings

Alloy steels are regularly used within the open die forging process. Alloy steel forgings steel have small amounts of one or more alloying elements, other than carbon, such as such as manganese, silicon, nickel, titanium, copper, chromium and aluminum added. This produces specific properties that are not found in regular carbon steel. Alloy steels are also generally more responsive to heat and mechanical treatments than carbon steels. Some additional features of alloy steel forgings, include:

  • Widely available
  • Economical
  • Good mechanical properties
  • Easily machinable 

Stainless Steel Forging Material Grades

At Great Lakes Forge we carry a wide range of metal grades for your stainless steel forging needs, these include:

Stainless Steel Grades: Carbon & Alloy Steel Grades:
  • 1030
  • 1045
  • 1117
  • 4130
  • 4140
  • 4150
  • 4340
  • 4340AQ
  • A105
  • A182F22
  • A350LF2
  • Nitralloy 135MOD

Additional steel grades and specifications are available upon request. 

While the steel grades listed above are among the mostly commonly stocked for metal forging projects, we can and often do work with many other forged steel grades. If you have a forging project that demands a specific grade of steel, please don't hesitate to contact us. We may have the steel grade that you need on hand, and if we don't, our close relationships with our steel providers ensures that we may be able to bring in the steel that you require quickly and cost effectively.

Great Lakes Forge has the capability to forge over 200 different materials. We have the stainless steel, carbon steel, and alloy steel inventory to be an excellent source for your metal forging needs.

Contact Great Lakes Forge Today

One of our greatest strengths at Great Lakes Forge is our investment in a wide variety of inventory in grades of stainless steel, carbon, and alloy steel that allows us to meet your custom forging deadlines. We have built and maintained good relationships with material steel suppliers to make sure we get competitive pricing, excellent quality, and timely deliveries. Without material, we can't produce your forgings in the shortest lead times in the industry year after year. 

Request a quote on your stainless steel, carbon, and alloy steel today or contact us to learn more.


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