Precision Soft & Hard Turning

Precision Tooling Specialists



HARD CNC LATHE TURNING Himes Machine has a broad knowledge of precision lathe turned tooling for many types of industry. Our expertise in material types vary from alloy steels, copper, brass, stainless steel, plastics, and also finish turning of Heat treated tool steels. This process is commonly known as "Hard Turning". The hard turning process virtually eliminates the need for cylindrical grinding which is very slow and cumbersome. Hard turning requires a very "High End" machine tool and exotic insert tooling to achieve close tolerance and fine finish. This marriage of machine tool and tooling make it possible to achieve part diameter tolerances as close to .0001" of an inch. Hard turning is successful in heat treated tool steels as high as 64 Rockwell c scale. This process is far more economical and faster than conventional grinding.