Rainford Precision has been announced as the new UK and Ireland distribution partner for 6C Tools AG, a range that will be presented to the UK for the first time at MACH on Stand 573 in Hall 20.
Unlike many other products on the market, the tools from 6C Tools AG are completely manufactured by laser ablation, a process that is particularly gentle for material removal compared to grinding or spark erosion. This method of manufacture avoids damage and significantly increases the wear resistance of 6C Tools, creating a potential 5 to 10 times tool life increase. The 6C product catalogue covers several drilling, milling and threading tools as well as tailored tools that are manufactured from PCD and PCBN. Designed specifically for machining the most challenging materials such as ceramics, tungsten carbide, zirconium, sapphire, glass and glass ceramics, the standard 6C portfolio introduces PCD drills, PCD end mills, PCD chamfer tools, PCD ball nose mills and ball nosed polish tools as well as a range of PCD thread mills.
The ability to machine such difficult materials with impressive tool life and productivity characteristics makes the 6C range ideal for manufacturers in the optical, medical, electronics, jewellery and semi-conductor industries to name a few. Like many products in the Rainford Precision armoury, the 6C tools are specifically produced for the machining of small components and features. The standard PCD drilling tool ranges, many with through shank coolant capability, are available in 0.1mm increments from 0.3mm diameter to 3mm in 2XD, 0.3mm diameter to 2.4mm in 3XD, 0.6mm diameter to 1.9mm in 4XD and 0.8mm diameter to 1.6mm in 5XD.
Complementing the impressive micro drill ranges are the PCD corner radius end mills with diameters from 0.3mm to 3.3mm and flute lengths from 0.5mm to 1.8mm that are available with a choice of corner radii from 0.05 to 0.3mm. The long-series PCD corner radius end mills are available in diameter increments up to 6mm with a clearance length of 10mm. The chamfer tools are available from 1 to 3mm in diameter with 30° and 45° angles whilst the ball nosed PCD Polish Mills are introduced with a ball radius from 0.05 to 1.6mm with 2XD and 3XD variants available. These PCD Polish Mills are the ideal complement to the 2 flute ball mill ranges that can be specified from 0.4 to 1.0mm diameter in 2XD to 4XD clearance lengths. Completing the 6C Tools line-up at MACH will be the high-performance micro thread mills that are available to cover M1.2 to M2.2 as standard with various clearance lengths available for the threading of particularly small holes in the hardest and most abrasive of materials.