ANCA Awards Entry Information

ANCA Tool of the Year 2024 — The 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 IMTS 2024. There are two competition categories to recognize 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 (Australian dollars) worth of ANCA parts, accessories or software. This prize comes with VIP access 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 ANCA parts, accessories or software.

The deadline to submit entries is July 31. Enter now at

How to enter

  1. Read the terms and conditions at
  2. Upload your tool image to your social media channel and tag #ANCATooloftheYear2024 – 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
  • Alfred Lyon, Cutting Tool Supervisor at AB Tools

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).

2024 Partners & Sponsors

Female Machinist Award 

ANCA’s Female Machinist Award returns for its second year in 2024, recognizing and honoring the outstanding achievements of female machinists in the tool and cutter grinding industry.

Women of all skill levels who are actively working with ANCA technology in the tool and cutter grinding industry are encouraged to apply. We are searching for individuals who are passionate about their work, demonstrate a commitment to excellence, and contribute to the advancement of the industry.

Submissions are evaluated based on:

  • Exceptional problem-solving skills to overcome challenges or obstacles during projects.
  • Innovative and effective tool design.
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and find innovative solutions.

The winner of the Female Machinist Award receives:

  • a fully funded ticket to attend a prominent trade show where ANCA is exhibiting.
  • exclusive access to the ANCA team, including the leadership team, engineers, and product experts.
  • opportunities to connect with industry professionals, gain insights into the latest technologies and attend educational seminars and workshops.

Enter now at