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What is Tempering / Drawing?

Tempering / Drawing is a softening process of ferrous alloys or metals. Typically, this procedure follows another form of heat treat process (i.e. UltraGlow® Induction Hardening, Carburizing, Carbonitriding, etc.) and brings the material back to its respective target hardness specification. Along with this, tempering will result in an increase in ductility. While it results in strength and abrasion resistance, it increases machinability and reduces the risk of steel cracking/failure due to internal stresses. Work hardening materials can also require tempering. Tempering is a good process for parts that are going to undergo large amounts of stress as it creates a good starting point for additional heat treatment. 


  • Increased ductility and machinability
  • Improved weldability
  • Additional structural stability
  • Can obtain target hardness specification

Common Materials & Applications for Tempering

  • Medium / High Carbon Steels
  • Alloy Steels (4140, 8620)
  • Cast Iron
  • Springs, hand tools, structural components, fasteners, tooling, engine components & more

Where Tempering / Drawing is Offered

Stress Relieving is offered at all four Advanced Heat Treat Corp. locations. Click the button below to learn what other heat treat services are offered at the same location.


Request a Quote for Tempering/Drawing or Any Other Heat Treatment by Filling Out The Form Below.