Process: Honing


Honing (superfinishing) is a way of creating fine surfaces, a method very similar to grinding.

Compared to grinding, the hone (honing stone) is abrasive. Therefore the hone is quickly worn out. Which material the hone consists of, is dependant on the component.

Grinding machines are normally very stiff, to acheive fine tolerances. On the other hand, honing machines are compliant. The primary target of honing is to create fine surfaces, not fine tolerances. Therefore, fine precision components are often first machined, then grinded and finally honed.

Honing is a relatively expensive process. It is used primarily for components with particular accuracy demands. Common andvantages of honed components are reduced friction, which leads to lower heat, longer lifespan, reduced vibrations and quiter operations.

Picture: Apperley Honing Ltd

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    A selection of machined titanium tubes are required for use within the aerospace industry. The company behind this enquiry spends in excess of £200,000 annually on subcontract machining processes and requires the tube as part of a new job they have recently undertaken. Due to the simplicity of this project, there are no drawings available, but the tubes are to be ordered on an ongoing basis and therefore, this enquiry is not to be missed by those that are looking to supplement their long-term customer portfolio.

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