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ANCA's Tool of the Year Award honours the innovation and expertise of trailblazing toolmakers
Are you a machinist of high precision cutting tools? Do you have an amazing tool or design to share with the world?
This is your chance to shine.
May 2023: Touted as the Oscars of the cutting tool industry, #ANCATooloftheYear2023 is your chance to achieve global brand recognition as well as cash and other prizes.
Last year’s awards achieved:
  • a digital audience reach of 8.1 million readers via the media
  • 37 global entries seen by over 202,480 fans
  • over 200,000​ engagement on social media
2022 winner Edwin Juarez, CEO of SJ Tools said: “In this very competitive world with the technology that exists in cutting tools, it’s a great achievement for me as well as the whole team that works at SJ Tools. After winning the Tool of the Year award and using it in my marketing materials, my company has experienced an increase in custom specials as a result.”
You can enter in one, or both categories: #MadeonANCA and Most Innovative Tool Design.
The winner of #MadeonANCA receives:
  • a trip to ANCA's headquarters in Melbourne, Australia
  • $10,000 AUD worth of ANCA parts, accessories or software
  • VIP access to exclusive opportunities with ANCA experts
The winner of Most Innovative Tool Design receives:
  • $10,000 AUD worth of ANCA parts, accessories or software
 “Every year I’m impressed by the skill and creativity of our customers and how they apply ANCA technology to design and manufacture market leading cutting tools. It’s important to recognize their amazing results and I look forward to seeing what our customers come up with this year,” said Patrick Boland, ANCA Co-Founder.
Submissions are open from 15th May to 8th August. Winners will be announced at EMO 2023. Enter now at

ANCA Tool of the Year 2023

The competition is based on the passion and the craft of tool making and celebrate our highly skilled tool grinding community. Customers can submit their favourite tool with the winners to be judged and announced live at EMO 2023. There are two competition categories to recognise both the functionality and creativity of cutting tool manufacturers.

The main prize goes to the winner of this category, where entrants will be judged on the form and performance of their cutting tool. The winner of #MadeonANCA receives a trip to ANCA's headquarters in Melbourne, Australia and $10,000 AUD worth of parts, accessories or software. This amazing prize comes with access as an ANCA VIP to exclusive opportunities with our ANCA experts.
Most Innovative Tool Design

This category is for virtual tools. Entrants are encouraged to be creative and use ANCA tool design software to push ideas to their limits. The winner of the most innovative virtual tool will receive $10,000 AUD worth of parts, accessories or software.
Submissions are open from 15th May to 8th August 2023.
How to enter
  1. Read the terms and conditions at
  2. Upload your tool image to your social media channel and tag #ANCATooloftheYear2023 – or send your image to
  3. Fill in the form at
  4. You’re now in the competition! Keep an eye on our social media channels as we announce important dates around voting and finalists.
Judging panel
  • Pat Boland, Co-Founder and Managing Director at ANCA
  • Santosh Plakkat, Product Manager at ANCA
  • Darren Fox, Product Manager at ANCA
  • Rauf Öztürk, Director of Business Development at Turcar
At EMO, 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 +/- 0.010mm 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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