Questions to Ask Your Heat Treatment Partner

  • What is the steel producer’s suggested course of heat treatment?
  • What special considerations are necessary for my tool’s application to avoid premature failure?
  • What other properties will you optimize in addition to hardness?
  • Is stress relieving required for my tool?
  • How much machining stock should I leave on my tool before hardening?
  • What else should I consider in the manufacturing process to support effective heat treatment?
  • What measures will you take to minimize dimensional changes during the hardening process?
  • What is your recommended quenching process for my particular tool?
  • How many tempers do you recommend for my tool based on the intended application?
  • What is a realistic timeline to achieve my goals for heat treatment?

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