Anca Tool of the Year 2022 Submit your favorite tool and win a trip to Australia

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With the Tool of Year Award, Anca celebrates the experience and creativity of the craftspeople who create the next generation of cutting tools. Submissions for this year’s challenge are open from 17th May to 8th August.

The Anca Tool of the Year challenge offers participants global acclaim and thousands in prize money.
The Anca Tool of the Year challenge offers participants global acclaim and thousands in prize money.
(Source: Anca)

Into its fifth year, Anca's industry-first competition launched for 2022 at the first ever Grinding Hub — the new industry meeting place for grinding technology in Stuttgart, Germany. The ‘Oscars’ of the Cutting Tool industry, participants and winners achieve important brand recognition as well as cash and other prizes.

To find the Tool of the Year customers can submit their favourite tool with the winners being judged and announced live at IMTS. There will be two competition categories to recognise both the functionality and creativity of cutting tool manufacturers.

The main prize goes to #MadeonAnca tools and entrants will be judged on the form and performance of their cutting tool.

The second category is for virtual tools as the “Most innovative tool design”. Entrants are encouraged to be creative and use Anca tool design software to push ideas to their limits.

The winner of #MadeonAnca receives 10,000 Australian Dollars (approx. 6.500 euros) worth of Anca innovations for parts, accessories or software that fit your grinding needs or a trip to the company’s headquarters in Melbourne, Australia. This prize comes with access as an Anca VIP to exclusive opportunities with our Anca experts. The winner of the most innovative virtual tool will receive the full CIM software package.

Submissions are open from 17th May to 8th August.

Judging panel

  • Pat Boland, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Anca
  • John Saunders, Saunders Machine Works and founder of YouTube channel NYC CNC
  • Xiaoyu Wang, Product Manager at Anca
  • Santosh Plakkat, Product Manager at Anca
  • Darren Fox, Product Manager at Anca
  • Zoller – measure profile and diameter

At IMTS the top five finalist tools will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Best surface finish in Ra (roughness average) value on the flute or gash surface
  • The tool the that is closest to the nominal tolerance as stated on the drawing in terms of diameter and profile (i.e. if the tolerance on diameter is +/- 0.010 mm and the tool is measured to 0.005 then this will rank favourably)
  • Tool that has been ground to the tightest tolerance as per the drawing (i.e. the tool with the lowest tolerance will rank favourably)
  • Level of complexity (i.e. in terms of the number of steps, profiles will rank favourably)


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