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Tougths On Induction Forges?

Discussion in 'Working the Steel' started by Olivier L'Heureux, Aug 6, 2017.

  1. Olivier L'Heureux

    Olivier L'Heureux New Member

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    Hi there!

    My father (electrical and Electronic engineer) saw me forge with my propane forge and asked me If I ever considered "induction forging"
    I knew what the process was, but for one reason or another It seems it is not that popular around blacksmiths and bladesmiths

    This specific type of forge seems to have a lot of advantages :
    -Electricity is easily available in Canada, and quite cheap
    -Consistent and fast heat
    -No dangerous byproduct, no gas or smoke, and the forge itself don't produce a lot of heat

    so I was wondering if some of you had tried it, and if you didn't stayed with it, why?

    Thanks!

    Olivier
     
  2. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    I was interested in an induction forge as well. I've done some reading and watched a few videos on them that look impressive. However, I don't think building one is trivial for a DIY knifemaker who isn't an electronic engineer. From what I recall in reading about them, they produce extremely high amperages and voltage to induce the kind of heat you'd need.
     
  3. PeterP

    PeterP Active Member

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    ok so that got my curiosity....so did a bit... and do say a bit of research and saw that you can use and modify a induction cooktop.
    basically take the guts and transform it in to a induction forge. :)
    Dan!? is 2000w enough for this application or would we need to boost it? and how?
     
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  4. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Most of them that I have seen being used for forging/heat treatment are in the 10 kW and up range. One I specifically looked at was 10 kW and required a water supply for cooling and a 240 volt 50 ampere power source. Certainly these are serious toys.

    Gas is so darn easy and gas works on copper and all other non-ferrous metals if you want to make some cool mokume gane. ;)

    Dan
     

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