The semi solid forming of steel has the potential of an innovative technology, which could open a new possibility of metal components production. Earlier research works in the 1990s have already shown the principal feasibility of the process but also revealed the various kinds of technical problems. Since then, research works on steel processing have been continuously made in several locations in Japan, USA and Europe. Currently, the focus of these research activities is the development of suitable tool material and the achievement of high part quality, which is the key point for the success of the process. This paper gives an overview of the previous research works and the current state of the research with an outlook on future tasks for this challenge.