Semi-finished solid metal form produced in a non-continuous casting process by pouring liquid metal into large molds. A steel ingot is usually rectangular in cross-section, weighs between 25 to 30 tons, and is rolled into blooms and billets (for making bars, rods, and sections) and slabs (for making plates, sheets, and strips). In a continuous casting process, the common practice is to directly cast the metal into blooms or billets.

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