Fundamentals of Forging 101

Event Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2024 to Wednesday, January 24, 2024


Fundamentals of Forging 101

January 24, 2024

Finkl Steel

Chicago, IL


The FIA is excited to welcome back W.L. Bud Kinney to instruct our Fundamentals of Forging 101 Workshop following the FIA Midwest Meeting of Members. This workshop will teach the fundamentals of the forging process in language that attendees can understand, regardless of their experience level. As technology advances, it is becoming more important for buyers and forging professionals to understand the science behind the forging process and how it compares to other processes such as casting, weldments, or machining from bar. The workshop will also cover how forgings are made, and how quality is added through each step of the forging process. Click here to view the course schedule.


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If you have questions about this course or registration, please contact Gabby Schultz at or call 216-781-6260.


About the Instructor:

Bud has a bachelor’s degree in marketing, development, and strategic planning. He also a Mechanical Engineering BME. He works with the Engineering – Mechanical Advisory Committee at Cleveland State University where he was previously the Chair. Bud’s wealth of knowledge is deep, including the following forging specialties:


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1355 E 93rd St, Chicago, IL 60619


Finkl Steel is the world’s leading supplier of forging die steels, plastic mold steels, die casting tool steels and custom open-die forgings, processing over 200,000 tons of steel each year. Their products are manufactured at four production facilities in Chicago, Detroit, Houston and Quebec. With more than 100 patents, Finkl Steel® sets worldwide standards including being the first steel manufacturer in America to receive ISO 9001 certification.

 Please note this is a separate event and will require pre-registration

Reference Materials:

Each participant will receive valuable reference materials published by FIA to start your own forging reference library in your office: