The business model at Quickgrind is focused on the supply of products tailored to the demands of end users, hence the Infinite Possibilities branding. An example of this is the newly developed Orbis series of lollipop end-milling cutters. Non-standard sizes and geometries are available to manufacturers on very short delivery times and at “near-standard” prices, says Quickgrind.

Designed for the 5-axis machining of intricate components, the solid-carbide Orbis range enables access to difficult-to-reach features and surfaces. Furthermore, the Orbis series allows manufacturers to use a single tool to follow challenging tool paths and component forms.

The Orbis range is available with 2, 3, 4, 6 or 8 flutes, with a complete variety of lollipop and shank diameters, overall lengths and a wide range of reduced neck diameters. In addition, the spherical ball profile and unconventional geometry enable the range to excel in terms of tool life, machining speeds and feeds, and surface finish quality, says the company.

Orbis cutters are suitable for the fine finishing of irregular or uneven surfaces, as well as the daunting prospect of tube machining. This capability is credit to the carbide composition of the end mills and the UK-designed tool geometries that minimise vibration, even when reaching difficult-to-access surfaces.

Also contributing to the reduction in vibration and cutting forces, as well as improvements in tool life and productivity, are the three geometry styles for alternate material types. The Orbis ‘A’ series has been designed for the machining of aluminium, whereas the ‘S’ range is the suitable for cutting titanium, nimonics and other high-temperature alloys. In contrast, steel, hardened steel and other mould and die grade steel materials will achieve the best results when being machined by the ‘D’ series of Orbis cutters.