Lucifer Furnaces received an order from the University of Washington for a furnace that will allow students to heat treat more parts in-house. The furnace, which has a work chamber of 18 x 24 x 36 inches, replaces a smaller, antiquated unit. In addition to heat treatment, the furnace can be used in casting and forging processes. This flexibility will make it a valuable asset to students both in and out of the engineering majors. According to the school, a key to the furnace upgrade is the ability to program heat-treatment cycles that can then be run automatically and accurately. Programming options include temperature, hold time and ramp rate, allowing a student to achieve the specific crystal structure and properties required for their application.