iron ingots are the raw materials for crafting many tools and weapons. These versatile metal ingots are also a necessary part of many useful recipes. They can be found in caves and mineshafts, and are smelted from raw iron ore.
Ingot casting is the process of forming ingots from molten metals by injecting or pouring them into molds, where they will solidify and take the shape of the mold. This technique has been used for thousands of years and is one of the oldest forms of metal processing.
There are three main types of ingots: blooms, billets, and slabs. All three have different shapes and cross-sections and are produced depending on the final needs of the metal.
The ingot’s shape is important to ensure that the molten metal is able to melt and flow freely through the mold. It is also important to minimize the amount of melt that is lost through the process of cooling, as it is a significant cost to manufacture finished products from an ingot.
Ingots can be smelted from raw iron ore or smelted from a pre-existing Block of Iron. Normally, they are traded for emeralds from novice-level weaponsmith villagers. They are used to make a range of items with the Blacksmith and Tailoring skills. They can be crafted into iron blocks, flint and steel, or iron swords, shovels, pickaxes, and axes. They can also be used to craft armor with the Armorsmith skill.