Forging is not only an enduring industry, but it is also an advanced industry. Despite Western society’s disdain for old and improperly labeled “archaic” metalworking industries (such as foundry or forging), the U.S. forging industry is anything but archaic.
Additive manufacturing techniques are no longer in their infancy. They are quickly emerging into serious options for the production of metallic parts. Forge shops should keep a watchful eye on this unfolding technology, both as a competitor and as an opportunity.
The forging industry and its output are vital to the nation’s military efforts. Part quality and performance are important to troop safety and military performance. So, too, are the timely delivery and efficient procurement of parts. Joint programs between the forging industry and the Department of Defense are helping improve supply-chain logistics and secure an uninterrupted supply of parts.