Readers of this magazine may have noted the start of a series of articles in our February issue tackling the subject of modern commercial forging as an advanced manufacturing industry. The second installment of that series appears on page 44 of this issue, and authors Tirpak and Walters make some excellent points about forging as an advanced manufacturing process.
The major metalworking processes have been around for millennia. Some metalworking techniques we take for granted today predate some of civilization’s greatest cultures and, in fact, helped give rise to them. Forging predates casting because our early ancestors learned how to beat metal into shape before they knew how to melt it and cast it into a mold. Because of their age-old existence and traditions, these fundamentally ancient processes have been stigmatized as being old-fashioned or not up to snuff when it comes to the application of modern technology. This notion is incorrect.