ANCA’s Tool of the Year Competition Celebrates Both the Functionality and Creativity of Toolmaking

September 17, 2020 1:21 pm

With life online during the global pandemic, this year there is a second competition category for virtual tools – valuing inventive ideas that push the limits of imagination and technology.

ANCA’s industry-first competition is back, but not as you know it. With two competition categories, the winners will be announced via livestream from ANCA’s headquarters in Melbourne, Australia from our newly designed virtual showroom.

This competition gives ANCA customers a chance to not only build brand recognition within the industry but to also push the boundaries and showcase their skills, innovation and creativity globally. It is an opportunity to share your achievements with a community that appreciates the beauty that goes along with performance in cutting tools.

ANCA Global Marketing Manager, Lucas Hale said: “This is an unusual year for all, and normally we love meeting with our customers and partners at international trade shows for this annual ANCA event. However, it’s a fantastic opportunity to be able to connect digitally through ANCA’s active online channels. This way we can continue to acknowledge the incredibly high standard of cutting tools produced with unique designs and specialist applications.”

“We hope to see even more entries this year across our two competition categories,” he concluded.

Outstanding tools continue to come out of the ways that tool makers innovate to take on new challenges, pivot to meet customers’ needs in a time of the unexpected and continue to deliver precision and excellence.

The Tool of the Year for 2020 will be the standout tool that is made on an ANCA machine. The tools entered in the main competition category showcase the sub-micron finish, complexity and superior cutting performance expected from any of ANCA’s machine range. These are functional and practical tools that start as ideas and are ground into reality, as the tools that shape our world. Tools made on an ANCA mean quality and endurance.

Last year’s winner, Brian Beland, President, KV Tooling said: “It’s a hidden business, tool grinding happens behind closed doors, in factories – nobody knows what we do. (Tool of the Year) gave us the opportunity to showcase what we do, why it’s important, what types of industries we support – which basically is all industry supported by machinery and tool grinding.”

Virtual tools are where simulation software shines

Simulated tools with innovative features can be designed using ANCA’s suite of specialist tool and cutter grinding software. CIM3D was the 3D revolution which changed an industry. As ANCA celebrates over 20 years of our simulation software, the latest CIM3D version enables the user to simulate complete grinding sequences. Using CIM3D V9 along with ToolDraft and ToolRoom RN34, an exciting virtual tool entry can easily be submitted even when working from home.

Along with the glory of an international accolade, the main prize is $10,000 worth of ANCA innovations for parts, accessories or software that fit your grinding needs. The winner of the most innovative virtual tool will receive the full CIM software package.

Ready, get set…grind. The competition will be based on the passion and the craft of tool making and celebrate our highly skilled tool grinding community.

Watch the #ANCATooloftheYear2020 video here.


Judging panel

  • Pat Boland, Co-Founder and Managing Director at ANCA
  • Jason Allen, Managing Director, ISCAR Australia
  • Peter Sutton, Managing Director, Sutton Tools
  • Alicona – measurement of surface finish
  • Zoller – measurement of profile and diameter

The top five #MadeonANCA 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 +/- 0.010mm and the tool is measured to 0.005 then this will rank favorably)
  • Tool that has been ground to the tightest tolerance as per the drawing (i.e. the tool with the lowest tolerance will rank favorably)
  • Level of complexity (i.e. in terms of the number of steps, profiles will rank favorably)

Deadline for entries is September 30, 2020


About ANCA

ANCA is a market leading manufacturer of CNC grinding machines. It was founded in 1974 in Melbourne, Australia where the company still has its global headquarters. ANCA has offices in the UK, Germany, China, Thailand, India, Japan, Brazil and the USA as well as a comprehensive network of representatives and agents worldwide.

ANCA CNC grinders are used for manufacturing precision cutting tools and components across a diverse range of competitive industries including cutting tool manufacture, automotive, aerospace, electronics and medical.

For further information, please contact:

PR and Communications Manager, ANCA
M: +61 439 316 131
[email protected]

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