Welcome to Nichols Manufacturing, Inc.

BSI certificate of Registration for Quality Management System - AS9100 Rev C and ISO 9001:2008.

We are registered with the United States Department of State DDTC (ITAR Part 122).

About Us
Nichols Manufacturing, Inc. was created in 1979 by Jon and Lettie Nichols. Lettie's experience in sales and customer service, combined with Jon's expertise in machining, welding and mechanical engineering have allowed the business to grow in a very competitive marketplace for over three decades. Nichols Manufacturing, Inc. is a small, Hispanic, woman-owned business.

The following services are a few examples of what we offer our customers:

  • Product engineering and design
  • Prototype machined parts
  • Production machined parts
  • Inspection, machining, and assembly fixtures and tools
  • Precision weldments
  • Precision mechanical assemblies


Commercial and Aerospace Machining
Our CNC milling department consists of five vertical machining centers, with a work capacity of up to 20 x 40 inches. Three of our vertical machining centers have four-axis milling capabilities.

Our CNC turning department is comprised of two Okuma four-axis lathes and one Doosan lathe. We have bar feeding capacity to 1.75 inch diameter and chucking capacity to 12.75 inch diameter. Many parts can be produced by performing two operations simultaneously on our four-axis two-turrett Okumas.

Our welding department is capable of precision weldments made of aluminum, stainless steel, and carbon steel.

Our mechanical assembly department is capable of tasks as simple as helicoil installation or as complex as a 200-piece-precision assembly. This ability allows us to supply our customers with a complete product. We can purchase raw castings, supply finished machined parts, purchase required hardware, and deliver a complete assembly. Some of our more complex assemblies include:

  • F-18 HUD Chassis
  • F-15 5x5 Display Chassis
  • Rodent cage for NASA
  • Rodent feeder for NASA
  • Automated bonding fixture which attaches ferrite heads to flexures

Our inspection department has a complete assortment of manual inspection tools plus a Starrett HGC Coordinate Measuring Machine. All tools are calibrated on a regular scheduled basis and the standards used for calibration are traceable to NITS.

We work with several CAD formats, e.g.: IGESDXFSTEP, and Parasolid. In addition, we use Solid Works for design requirements. We have a wide range of CNC and manually operated mills and lathes. Our CNC equipment is programmed with SurfCAM along with NC Verify software. Equal attention to detail and quality is given to all work  - whether the customer is NASA, Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins, or a commercial customer.

We offer pick-up and delivery of both parts and drawings for our customers in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We accept approved purchase orders, VISA and MasterCard as means of payment.

For inquiries, questions or quotes, please contact us.


Facilities List

CNC Machining Centers

  • FADAL VMC 4020 20" x 40" travel and FADAL 4th Axis
  • HAAS VF 2SS 16" x 30" Travel
  • HURCO VMX24 20" x 24" Travel
  • DAEWOO DMV 3016 32" x 16" Travel
  • DAEWOO DMV 3016 32" x 16" Travel and SMW RT-160 4th Axis


CNC Turning

  • OKUMA LR15 4 Axis 2 Turret Lathe 12.75" capacity 30 Hp
  • OKUMA LR10 4 Axis 2 Turret Lathe 9" capacity 10 Hp SMW Bar Feed
  • DOOSAN LYNX 220 Lathe 6" Chuck MTA Bar Feed


Conventional Mills

  • 3 BRIDGEPORT Mills with ACCURITE 3 Axis Mill Power Controls
  • 3 BRIDGEPORT Mills with digital readouts and power feed


Conventional Lathes

  • GRAZIANO SAG 17" x 60" Engine Lathe capacity to 22"
  • Hardinge Tool Room Lathe


Support Equipment

  • KENT KSG Surface Grinder 7" x 14" capacity
  • CONTINENTAL Vertical Band Saw with 20" throat
  • AMADA HA 400 Horizontal Band Saw 16" round or square capacity
  • MILLER 300 SYNCROWAVE Tig Welder

Inspection Equipment

  • STARRETT HGC Coordinate Measuring Machine 28" x 28" x 24" travel and Renishaw Touch Probe
  • STARRETT Crystal Pink Inspection Plate 36" x 48"
  • Assorted Micrometers to 12"
  • Assorted Verniers to 48"
  • Meyer Gage Pins .010" to .750"
  • STARETT Weber Lab Grade Gage Blocks
  • MicroVu Optical Comparator


Contact Us

Business Hours
Mon - Fri 8:00am to 6:00pm

Facility Address
913 Hanson Court
Milpitas, CA 95035





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