- Emuge-Franken, a renowned German cutting tool manufacturer, took out first prize for their multi-functional carbide tool infused with ceramic material, promising extended tool life and unparalleled performance.
- JG Group from Poland secured first place in the Virtual Tool Category for the second consecutive year with an impressive simulation of a Dachshund – or more commonly known as the sausage dog, that used 24 profiles just to create the head of its character.
- This year's awards held a special significance as ANCA announced Lena Risse from Risse Tool Technology GmbH as the winner of the inaugural Female Machinist of the Year award. This initiative aims to promote diversity in the cutting tool industry and provide positive role models for women and girls considering careers in this sector.
Pat Boland, ANCA Co Founder said: "This year has been marked by exceptional enthusiasm, boasting an impressive array of entries and showing a remarkable complexity in the design of both real and simulated tools. The competition was fierce, but Emuge-Franken, a globally renowned cutting tool manufacturer hailing from Germany, has truly set itself apart.
"Their combination of ceramic materials and tungsten carbide posed a significant manufacturing challenge, and effectively extended the performance and lifespan of the cutting tools."
“JG Group's whimsical ‘sausage dog’ entry added a delightful touch to the competition, underscoring the remarkable flexibility of our software and the impressive results that can be achieved when blending creativity and expertise.
"Moreover, we were honored to introduce the inaugural "Female Machinist" category at ANCA. Recognising women who are choosing to enter our industry is paramount, and we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Lena, the deserving winner of this historic category.”
Diether Ahrens, head of business unit at Emuge-Franken, said: "ANCA and Emuge-Franken have a long-standing technology partnership that has enabled us continuously to be innovative.
"Our team designed and ground an outstanding competition milling cutter based on the new FRANKEN Cera-Cut line. An exclamation mark in function and appearance and thus also a bit of our DNA for innovative special and standard tools for milling."
Rauf Öztürk, director of business development from Turcar and one of the members on the 2023 judging panel, congratulated Emuge-Frnanken on their achievement, stating, "Congratulations to Emuge-Franken on their well-deserved triumph. It's a testament to the power of innovation, teamwork, and unwavering determination."
Grzegorza Reszki, CEO of Most Innovative Tool winner JG Group said: “Winning the Virtual Tool Category for the third time is a great honour for us. We are pleased that the high competencies and creative approach of our team have been recognised again.”
“Preparing for the project and writing down the initial assumptions, we decided to combine creativity with children's imagination. And this time our team rose to the challenge, not stopping at previous victories. The project of a virtual elongated dog resembling a dachshund was very popular with the audience and showed us how much potential we have in our design team.”
Grzegorza Reszki concluded: “We would like to thank everyone who voted and helped us to win the competition, which was extremely well-attended by international companies.”
The ANCA Tool of the Year Awards celebrate excellence, innovation, and diversity in the cutting tool industry, recognising the passion and creativity of industry experts like Lena Risse, Emuge-Franken and JG Group, who are shaping the future of precision tool manufacturing.
Made on ANCA
Their winning entry was a complex, multi-functional cutting tool with edges consisting of carbide and ceramic material. Using iGrind to its fullest, this tool makes the most of the profile software’s flexibility, employing layers and segments to assign operations efficiently.
Demonstrating exceptional precision in profile measurements and 3D edge radius measurements, the tool closely aligns with its intended specifications and stands out for its accuracy.
Second place: ARCH Cutting Tools
ARCH Cutting Tools continues to create another outstanding multi-functional cutting tool with the required accuracy. Once again, it proves to be a functional tool to replace multiple processes, thanks to its use of profile software, segments, and other iGrind operations during its creation. The cutting edges exhibit consistent 3D edge radius and good levels of profile accuracy.
Third place: TDM Cutting Tools
This tool has been designed to replace multiple processes, and it's the result of combining profile software, segments, and various iGrind operations. With its profile and edge radius meeting satisfactory standards, it's worth noting that this is a complex tool overall.
Virtual Tool Category
Winner: JG Group
The head of this character was created using 24 different profiles. The process involved the strategic utilisation of coolant holes on the initial blank, as well as helix correction, cross-sectional profiling, forming flutes from solid materials, and various profile operations. This is an example of how ANCA’s flexible software can be used – or misused!
Second place: Hengrui Precision Tools (Jiaxing)
The tower was created with multiple fluting operations and cross section profile. What's noteworthy is the hollow section in the middle, which impressively forms a helical rib with a hollow interior. Overall, this simulated tool reflects a significant amount of dedication and creativity in its design and construction.
Third place: ZMK Kazimieruk
This beer mug is perfectly timed for the lead-up to Oktoberfest! It showcases a creative approach of using cross-sectional profiles to craft the interior of the mug, a unique method to carve out the pocket in the handle, and profile software to create the distinctive indents around the mug. This attention to detail and innovative design make it a standout piece.