ANCA launches Tool of the Year 2024 event

#ANCA Tool of the Year awards (2023 winners, above) for creative trailblazing toolmakers and talented female machinists provide opportunities to seize global spotlight with outstanding designs and skills. (Courtesy: ANCA)

The ANCA Tool of the Year competition is back. The annual cutting tool industry contest is a chance for entrants to achieve global brand recognition as well as cash and a trip to Australia.

With a global digital audience of 8.1 million readers, the award has emerged as a highly anticipated social media event within the cutting tool industry, bringing together talented machinists from around the world to showcase their creativity and expertise.

Those interested can enter in one or both, categories for 2024: #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.

“Over 50 years, ANCA has transformed the cutting tool industry with innovative thinking, driving us to continually invent and innovate,” said Patrick Boland, ANCA co-founder. “As we celebrate this milestone, we are inspired by our customers who share our ethos, creating spectacular designs with our technology.”

Submissions are being accepted from May 15 to July 31, 2024. Winners will be announced at IMTS 2024. Enter now at

ANCA’s Female Machinist Award returns for its second year, 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. The contest seeks women who are passionate about their work, demonstrate a commitment to excellence, and contribute to the advancement of the industry.

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.

“Amidst the cutting-edge technology and innovation showcased at IMTS 2024, I am thrilled to shine a spotlight on women’s remarkable talent and contributions in the machining industry,” said Meaghan Ziemba, a 2024 judge. “The ANCA Female Machinist Award competition celebrates not only skill but also diversity, highlighting the vital role that women play in shaping the future of manufacturing. I am honored to have a chance to recognize their excellence and inspire the next generation of female machinists.”

Enter now at

ANCA Tool of the Year 2024

The competition is based on the passion and the craft of tool making and celebrates ANCA’s 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 worth of parts, accessories, or software. This amazing prize comes with access as an ANCA VIP to exclusive opportunities with 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 May 15 to July 31, 2024.

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 ANCA social media channels as they announce important dates around voting and finalists.