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ANCA elected machining expert-influencer John Saunders as the judge of “Tool of the Year”

 Thursday, July 21, 2022

ANCA, one of the leading manufacturers of CNC grinding machines, is once again hosting the “Tool of the Year” competition. ANCA selected well known machining expert and influencer, John Saunders, as one of this Year’s Tool of the Year Judges. ANCA’s tool of the year contest is going to take place between May 17, 2022 to August 8, 2022. The competition is based on the passion and the craft of tool making and will celebrate the highly skilled, innovation and knowledge of the tool grinding community. Besides, other industry experts John Saunders has been selected as judge on behalf of Saunders machine works. 

John Saunders, President of Saunders Machine Works (SMW) and founder of YouTube channel NYC CNC, is excited to be a part of the selected panel. He has experience of about 15 years when he began his journey at New York City as a young entrepreneur.

He was trying to make a new product enter the market. Admittedly not knowing anything about machining or even manufacturing, he ended up purchasing a benchtop CNC machine while living in New York city. He had dug out knowledge regarding machines, engineering and delved into the machinery industry. All of these has only made him stronger and experienced in his field.

As he recalls today, he used to love making stuff from childhood. He left New York city soon and moved back to central Ohio where he grew up. It was there, in Zanesville, Ohio, where he transformed his passion to a brick and mortar business.

At the beginning of the business the company did some job related to shop work and other projects, but now focuses on their line of Fixture Plates, as well as accessories, like the Mod Vise. The Mod Vise is a very popular, modular workholding system that allows one to hold small parts, big parts, dual station parts, etc.

Saunders has made a wide variety of products but currently concentrating on developing the tool industry. They make Fixture Plates, as well as accessories, like the Mod Vise. The Mod Vise is a very popular, modular workholding system that allows one to hold small parts, big parts, dual station parts, etc. In addition to that, SMW continues to publish a lot of YouTube videos and offers hands-on CNC training classes where folks can learn CAM and the process to operate CNC Machines.

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