Forming (or drawing) processes are particular manufacturing processes which make use of suitable stresses such as: 

  • Compression
  • Tension
  • Shear 
  • Combined Stresses 

These stresses cause plastic deformation of the materials to produce required shapes.  The main material used in the forming process is metal due to the massive need for various products. No material is removed during the forming process, it is deformed or displaced. 

Typical products made from the forming (or drawing) process are: 

  • Springs
  • Paper Clips
  • Spokes for Wheels
  • Stringed Musical Instruments


Powdered Metal Forming is a term covering a wide range of ways in which materials or components are made from metal powders.  It can typically avoid the need to use metal removal processes, thereby drastically reducing yield losses in manufacturing and resulting in lower costs. 

Typically powder metal forming is used to make materials impossible to get from melting or forming in other ways.  These products include: