Specimen Machining

Made to Order: Custom Machined Test Specimens

Test specimensWhen you require precision test specimens for destructive testing, Laboratory Testing Inc. can fill the order quickly and economically. The Machine Shop at LTI has the specimen machining capabilities to prepare all specimens and samples for destructive testing, including:

  • Specimens from metals and some plastics
  • Full spectrum of mechanical test specimens, including charpy test, izod test, tensile test specimen and more
  • Rough cutting and grinding for metallography samples
  • Chips for ICP analysis

We also prepare specimens for customers who do their own in-house testing.

Rely on LTI’s Qualifications

Waterjet machiningWhen you work with a qualified supplier, you can count on quality specimen and sample machining.

  • Machining is performed according to ASTM standards A370, E8, E23 and customer specifications.
  • Specimen machining is PRI Nadcap accredited.
  • LTI is on the NIST Qualified Manufacturers List for Charpy V-notch Impact verification specimens.

Water jet cutting equipment and computerized numerical control (CNC) centers are used to quickly prepare the highest quality test specimens from metals, including metal matrix composites, hardened steels and nickel-base alloys, and from many plastics. Wire EDM (electrical discharge machining) services are also available.

Get the Most Efficient Turnaround

Our Machine Shop near Philadelphia, PA (USA) runs two work shifts to ensure fast completion of specimens, so there is no delay in the start of your testing order. We have the expertise, staff and equipment to quickly prepare a wide-range of test specimens including the following:

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  • Flat Tensile
  • Round Tensile
  • Flat Fatigue
  • Izod Impact
  • Dynamic Tear
  • Stress Rupture
  • Stress Corrosion
  • Gleeble
  • Charpy V-Notch Impact
  • Compact Tension
  • Fracture Toughness
  • turning_specimensRound Compression
  • Hydrogen Embrittlement
  • Face, Root, & Side Bend
  • Rotating Beam & Low Cycle Fatigue
  • Frequency Severity (Steel Cleanliness)


  • ASTM A370
  • ASTM E8
  • ASTM E23

The Specimen Machining Process

The machining of most test specimens begins with the rough cutting of material to length on a saw or more refined cutting, closer to size, using our water jet. The specific type of specimen required, including shape and features, will dictate whether milling, turning and grinding are also part of the sample machining process. Round specimens require turning on a lathe, since rough-cut specimens are usually square in shape. Milling cuts away material to create flat, angular, curved or a combination of surfaces on the specimen. Grinding is the final step for some specimens that require more refining or a specific finish.

LTI Capabilities

  • Capabilities – all specimen machining and sample machining required for destructive testing
  • Materials – metals and many plastics
  • Accreditations/Approvals – PRI Nadcap accredited; NIST’s Qualified Manufacturers List for Charpy V-notch Impact verification specimens
  • Standards – ASTM A370, E8, E23

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“I wanted to write and applaud LTI for assisting us in calibrating some new equipment, while re-calibrating equipment that was moved. We did not have enough advance notice to schedule LTI to come in and complete the calibration / re-calibration of some of our equipment. As a result, LTI did what they could to get us out of a jam and reduce the one to two week turnaround down to two days. I wanted to let LTI know that this was very much appreciated and we value the service your organization gives us.“

Chris Boytim
Quality Manager


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