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What Is Cold Forming?

Some Like it Cold

Cold forming, also known as cold forging or cold working, encompasses all metalworking processes that shape metal anywhere from just below its recrystallization temperature down to room temperature. Where hot forming allows the metal to recrystallize into the new shape, cold forming changes the pattern of the crystalline structure within the material through bending, compress...

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2021-09-24
The Evolution of Thermal Metal Cutting

The Development of Metalworking

Early humans, when they began to work with metals, developed two processes that helped them immensely: heating and cutting. Using a primitive forge, metal ore could be made pliable enough to hammer into a desired shape, while flattened sheets of metal could be drilled, sawed, or sheared using implements made of harder metals.

While the two techniques were often...

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2021-08-26
Metalworking Glossary "Z"

Z Is for Zero Rake Angle

Metalworking Glossary for the Letter Z

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- Z-axis. One of three axes in a three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system, the Z-axis is perpendicular to both the X-axis and Y-axis.
- Z-axis Milling. Also called plunge milling, it involves moving the cutting tool s...

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2021-12-08
Metalworking Glossary "Y"

Y Is for Yield

Metalworking Glossary for the Letter Y

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- Y-axis. One of three axes in a three-dimensional cartesian coordinate system, the Y-axis is perpendicular to both the X-axis and Z-axis.
- Y1, Y2 Axes. On a press brake, the vertical movement of the ram is referred to as the Y-axi...

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2021-12-08
Metalworking Glossary "X"

X Is for X-axis

Metalworking Glossary for the Letter X

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- X-axis. One of three axes in a three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system, the X-axis is perpendicular to both the Y-axis and Z-axis.
- X1, X2 Axes. On a press brake, the front to back dimension is called the X-axis, and it is...

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2021-12-08
Metalworking Glossary "W"

W Is for Work Hardening

Metalworking Glossary for the Letter W

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- Warm Forging. As opposed to cold working or hot working, warm forging is deformation of metal at an elevated temperature, but lower than the recrystallization temperature of the material. The heat allows for lower forces ...

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2021-12-08
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