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Vforge SSM components exhibit superior mechanical performance and integrity derived in part from a transformation in the alloy microstructure.

High grade, conventional ingot which normally exhibits a dendritic, branch-like microstructure is continuously cast into bar. During SSM feedstock formation, electromagnetic stirring or other means refines the microstructure, generating fine equiaxed crystals. The Vforge process transforms these fine grains, resulting in a "ball-bearings in honey" microstructure, significantly improving material flow, part integity and mechanical performance.