ANCA opens its annual Tool of the Year Award competition

June 05, 2023 - 09:30am
ANCA Tool of the Year Award

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

Edwin Juarez, CEO of SJ Tools and Russell Riddiford, ANCA Inc President
Edwin Juarez, CEO of SJ Tools, and Russell Riddiford, ANCA Inc., president.

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 until August 8th. Winners will be announced at EMO 2023. Enter now at

ANCA Tool of the Year 2023 

anca tool of the year awardThe competition is based on the passion and the craft of tool making and celebrates our highly skilled tool grinding community. Customers can submit their favorite tool with the winners to be judged and announced live at EMO 2023. There are two competition categories to recognize both the functionality and creativity of cutting tool manufacturers.
•    #MadeonANCA
•    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.

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
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 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)

2023 Partners & Sponsors

•    Zoller – 
•    GDS –  
•    TYROLIT –  
•    PIRANHA –

Related Glossary Terms

  • grinding


    Machining operation in which material is removed from the workpiece by a powered abrasive wheel, stone, belt, paste, sheet, compound, slurry, etc. Takes various forms: surface grinding (creates flat and/or squared surfaces); cylindrical grinding (for external cylindrical and tapered shapes, fillets, undercuts, etc.); centerless grinding; chamfering; thread and form grinding; tool and cutter grinding; offhand grinding; lapping and polishing (grinding with extremely fine grits to create ultrasmooth surfaces); honing; and disc grinding.

  • tolerance


    Minimum and maximum amount a workpiece dimension is allowed to vary from a set standard and still be acceptable.


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