Rainford announce two new agency agreements for MACH

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The Rainford Precision stand at MACH 2022 is set to be a hive of activity from the 4th to the 8th of April with the micro-machining experts providing a FREE cutting tool giveaway as well as introducing two new brands to the UK.

Rainford has recently been announced as the new UK and Ireland distribution partners for both 6C Tools AG and BSQ Tech GmbH and as the ‘go-to’ company for specialist small manufacturing solutions, the innovations 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 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 abrasive of materials.

For engineers looking to improve their productivity drastically when machining aluminium, aluminium alloys, copper brass, plastics, PEEK and all other non-ferrous metals, Rainford has a real treat at MACH. The arrival of the SwissCeraMill series from BSQ Tech GmbH can increase tool life from 5 to 25 times and improve productivity by 400% compared to conventional carbide cutting tools. To achieve such jaw-dropping gains, a high-speed machine is recommended, but improvements can be achieved with standard machines – accelerating performance for manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace, medical, tool and mould and general subcontract sectors. 

Manufactured from high-tech ceramic zirconium oxide with a micro-grain structure of 0.3 microns, the SwissCeraMill end mills are available in square end, corner radius and ball nose designations as well as special-purpose tools to suit the diverse needs of industry. The square-end tools are available in diameters from 1 to 20mm diameter and with the chamfer tools, the 45° chamfer on the smallest tools starts at 0.05mm ranging up to 0.5mm on the 20mm diameter tools whilst corner radius tools introduce radii dimensions from 0.5 to 2mm. For profiling applications and challenging forms, the ball nosed series is available from 4 to 20mm diameter. For manufacturers machining gold, platinum and other precious metals, the Gold Series is also available in a variety of dimensions


As well as the Union Tool V-Series giveaway of 300 tools at MACH, the 6C Tools AG and BSQ Tech GmbH SwissCeraMill, Rainford Precision will also be demonstrating high-quality ranges of cutting tools from world-renowned brands such as Louis Bélet, HOBE, DTS, Osawa, Iwata and ATOM. Representatives from Rainford Precision and their principals will be on hand to discuss ultra-precise machine tool solutions from Kern, laser micromachining from Lasea as well as micro waterjet machining technology from Finepart. For further information regarding all your micro tooling and precision machining solutions, contact Rainford Precision or visit us on Stand 573 in Hall 20 at MACH 2022.