Forged Carbon Steel

Carbon steel forgings are a reliable and versatile option when choosing materials for industrial and commercial projects. Its unique combination of strength, machinability, and durability make it a top choice for many industrial applications. At Great Lakes Forge, we manufacture carbon steel products through an open-die forging process that maximizes the natural strength and machinability of the forged material. If you're looking for a strong, reliable, cost-effective material for industrial applications, carbon steel forgings are an excellent option.

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Characteristics & Advantages of Open-Die Carbon Steel Forgings

Forged carbon steel can contain an unspecified number of alloys without a minimum required percentage. Some alloys within carbon steel forgings include nickel, titanium, tungsten, chromium, cobalt, zirconium, and more. The higher the carbon content within the steel alloy, the lower its melting point. Medium-grade carbon steel has approximately 0.29% to 0.54% carbon content with 0.60 to 1.65% manganese content (e.g., AISI 1045 steel). This grade balances elasticity and strength and has good wear resistance, making it ideal for automotive parts and other large forgings.

Benefits of Open-Die Forged Carbon Steel

Carbon steel open-die forgings are generally more robust and reliable than steel castings and plates. The open-die forging process molds the material's grain flow, ensuring higher strength and dependability tailored to the part's form. Some of the primary benefits of forged carbon steel include:

  • Excellent impact strength: Open-forged carbon steel exhibits remarkable impact resistance, making it ideal for parts that endure heavy loads & sudden forces
  • Enhanced production efficiency: The open-forging process refines the material's structure, resulting in streamlined productivity
  • Economical: Forged carbon steel demonstrates excellent strength at a lower cost than many other materials, creating a cost-effective solution for many applications
  • Tight grain structure: Open-die forging creates a tight grain structure, enhancing the material's mechanical properties and overall reliability

Medium Carbon Steel Forging Options & Grades

At Great Lakes Forge, we work with a wide range of carbon steel grades. Each carbon steel grade can be heat treated to improve its machinability, strength, and flexibility. Our carbon steel forging grade options include:

  • 1030: Ideal for applications requiring moderate strength & toughness
  • 1045: A popular choice for components needing higher hardness & wear resistance
  • 1117: Known for its exceptional machinability & excellent response to heat treatment
  • A350LF2: A great option for high-pressure & high-temperature applications

Additional steel grades and specifications are available upon request.

Forged Carbon Steel Manufactured to Your Custom Specifications

GLF can manufacture open die forgings produced to your exact metal alloy project specifications. We work with carbon steel forging specifications, including AISI, ASTM, AMS, API, SAE, ASME, AWS, JIS, and GB. Our forged carbon steel is available in many custom-forged shapes and heat-treated conditions. Utilizing forged carbon steel specifications achieve critical physical properties, such as tensile, yield, elongation, and area reduction for the desired end-use specified by the purchaser.

Industrial Applications for Carbon Steel Forgings

Carbon steel forgings are commonly utilized in advanced industries throughout the world. At Great Lakes Forge, we supply open-die forged carbon steel components for industries including oil and gasaerospaceminingpower generationpress repair, and more. Our open-die forging process is used to manufacture precision parts and components from carbon steel for many industrial products and applications, including:

  • Machine Parts
  • Hydraulic Rams
  • Shafts
  • Rods
  • Fasteners
  • Turbine Components
  • And much more

Great Lakes Forge is Your Source for Custom Carbon Steel Forgings

As a premier open-die carbon steel forgings manufacturer, Great Lakes Forge can create forged carbon steel that will stand the test of time. The open-die forging process increases the strength of the material by eliminating air bubbles or other flaws often associated with casting. In addition to forged carbon steel's wear and impact resistance due to its tight grain structure, it is also mechanically stronger than many other metals, including 15-5 stainless steel, 13-8 stainless steel, 316 stainless steel, and more.

Quick Lead Times & Premium Quality for Open-Die Forgings

Carbon steel forgings from Great Lakes Forge are produced from some of the planet's most robust and durable materials. If your company uses a forging supplier that quotes long lead times, turn to Great Lakes Forge for your forged carbon steel needs. Once your order is received, we complete your forgings with the shortest lead times, providing the industry's most revered customer service.

Contact Us for Your Custom Carbon Steel Forgings

Contact us for more information regarding our custom stainless steel forging services, or request a quote for further pricing information today. For custom open-die forged carbon steel that meets your specification requirements, choose Great Lakes Forge.