FORGING PERFECTIONWhitcraft specializes in both conventional and precision forgings of complex shapes from superalloys, titanium, stainless steel, and nickel alloys. Our large variety of presses allows us to produce high-quality forgings to your exact specifications and properties. In short, we've transformed traditional methods of metal formation into modernized, highly-specialized processes, yielding the exact mechanical properties necessary to meet or exceed your requirements.
A leader in closed-die forging, Whitcraft specializes in unique and difficult to forge contoured shapes. Our competencies include precision, near-net, hybrid, upset, and extrusion forging processes. Whitcraft has a multitude of mechanical and hydraulic presses to meet your needs, ranging in size from 500 to 12,000 tons and capable of forging up to 135 pounds.
Closed-Die Forging, or impression-die forging, involves pressing raw metal between two dies with contoured impressions to create the shape of the finished part. Metal flows into and fills the die cavities while excess metal, called flash, is squeezed out of the impressions and later removed by a post-forge trimming operation. The closed-die forging process produces dimensionally repeatable forgings of complex shapes requiring little machining.
The hot forming process is used to correct inherent distortion associated with the forging operation and the cooling of the “as forged” titanium airfoils. It sets the shape (bow, twist, contour) of a part with a high degree of repeatability and uniformity, resulting in minimal variation between parts.
UPSET & EXTRUSION
Whitcraft utilizes upset and extrusion operations to produce the most cost-efficient pre-forming shape. This flexibility provides more control over the finished forging.
Extrusion and upsetting operations are forging processes used to increase or decrease a raw metal workpiece’s diameter or cross-sectional area. These operations are performed prior to the final forging operation and are necessary to efficiently distribute the material required to fill the final forge die cavity.
Hydroforming using fluid pressure effectively put shapes into metal with only the use of a punch and draw plate to minimizing tooling. With 60 years of experience Whitcraft has the ability to precisely form complex shapes into various metal types to suite your needs producing components.
SHEET METAL RING EXPAND FORMING
Our innovative techniques make Whitcraft a worldwide leader in Expand Sizing of cylinder shaped components. One of the core process methods at Whitcraft, We have state of the art expanders for which we can stretch sheet metal into round complex shapes while controlling thinning with the use of our advanced modeling software.
Metal spinning, also known as spin forming, metal forming or metal turning is a cold work metal forming process which forms metals into axially symmetric parts. The process begins with flat sheet metal cut into a disk and is then formed over a rotating mandrel into a round shape. This process is performed manually by hand and is a cost-effective alternative to low volume or short run metal stamping.
PRESS BRAKE FORMING
Whitcraft offers precision brake forming and metal bending services for the Aerospace and Turbine industries. Precision press brake forming is used to form and bend sheet metal into various shaped parts. Press break forming is often necessary for smaller projects that require less volume. The Press Brake Forming process involves using hydraulic presses to bend metal at specific points per your specification. Whitcraft is proud of our reputation for manufacturing high quality precision metal parts.
We offer mechanical and hydraulic press forming and deep drawing, with up to 600 Tons on a triple action hydraulic press, we can develop complex die sets to suit our customer’s needs with the highest level of quality in the Aerospace and Turbine Industries.