NEW! - MX5 Aimed Squarely at Volume Endmill Production


The new MX5 is the dream machine of affordable tool grinders, especially for volume endmill production. Right in the middle of our range, between the entry level FastGrind and the larger TX series, the MX5 replaces the hugely popular RX7 (there’s over 1,000 RX7 machines in the field).


As it is an MX series machine, which is a more premium model that the RX7, it is even more accurate and stable than the RX7. However, although the MX Series is usually more expensive, the MX5 has been designed specifically to focus on stability and accuracy, whilst offering a more economical option by altering a couple of features such as the number of wheel packs. 

The MX5 has a wide productive range of tools that makes it suitable for everything from micro-tools up to tools with shank sizes of 16mm (5/8”).

Productive Range - Tool (shank) Diameter

Productive Range of ANCA Tool Grinders 

Production endmill grinding is tough on tolerances. Because the OD of the tool is ground completely on the machine, any accuracy or instability problems in the machine translate directly into tool inaccuracy. This is particularly apparent on ballnose and corner radius endmills where tolerances are often as tight as ±3-5μ. Tolerances continue to fall, so machine accuracy and stability are now the #1 requirements for many endmill production jobs. Which is why we decided to replace the RX7 with a machine based on the proven bi-symmetrical gantry design of the MX7.

Bi-Symmetrical Gantry for Enhanced Accuracy and Stability

Our customers have known for a while that the bi-symmetrical gantry design of the ANCA MX Series and TX Series machines offer the best possible accuracy, stability and rigidity.


Take a look at the new applications section of our website

  • A lot more detail
  • Plenty of pictures and videos
  • New, easy to navigate format

See how ANCA grinders are being used for specific applications in tool grinding and other fields. The first applcation we've focused on is Production Endmill Grinding. We'll be adding other application sections over the coming months.

New applications section of ANCA website



Our challenge was to bring this design to a wider audience. Volume endmill producers work to very tight profit margins, and although impressed by the MX7, they often found it too expensive for their budget.

The Bi-Symmetrical Gantry of the ANCA MX Series Tool GrindersThe new MX5 now has all the rigidity, stability and accuracy characteristics of the proven MX7, all at a lower price.

We achieve this by using a lower powered spindle (26kW-MX5 vs. 38kW-MX7) and fewer wheel packs (2-MX5 vs. 6-MX7). This is perfect for many customers' requirements and is still an ideal specification for the grinding of the majority of endmills up to 16mm (5/8”).

ANCA pioneered the bi-symmetrical gantry with the TX7 and refined it for the MX series, providing the MX with the best thermal and vibration stability properties ever seen in an ANCA tool grinder.

Evenly straddling the tool centre line, the spindle gantry minimises the effects of thermal growth.

The design also allows the grinding wheel to remain very close to the C axis pivot point. This configuration produces the highest levels of profile accuracy for tools requiring substantial 5 axis movements, such as corner radius endmills.

The MX5 also includes an orientation synchronised wheel changer to ensure that every wheel pack is loaded perfectly and repeatably into the accuracy “sweet spot” at the center of the bi-symmetrical gantry.

High Accuracy Tooling Option

Overhead Top Clamp (OTC) on ANCA tool grinderThe optional Overhead Top Clamp (OTC) fully constrains the tool blank to perfectly aligned rotation about the machine’s X-axis direction. It ensures an amazingly low run-out and a highly repeatable set-up. Both when you are loading blanks by hand, or by auto-loader.

Hans-Werner Nikolaus of H.W. Nikolaus Grinding Tech in Kirkel, Germany summed up the heritage of the ANCA MX series for endmill production:

 “We bought our first ANCA in 1992 for conical ballnose endmills. We now have 8 ANCAs including a new MX7. The MX7 is a very good product. Price, precision, competitiveness and the wheel exchanger – I wish I had one 3 years ago!”


ANCA’s Brand New Software for Grinding Endmills

Machine accuracy may be the #1 factor for endmill manufacturing, but it’s by no means the only thing to be considered when choosing your next machine. With batch sizes falling, how quick and easy the machine is to set-up and program becomes increasingly important. The MX5 excels in this area as well.

ToolRoom 2012 with integrated 3D tool grinding simulationANCA software has always been considered flexible and easy to use. And now, to coincide with the launch of the MX5, we take that ease of use to a new level with ToolRoom 2012.

This is our most significant software update in years. It includes a super easy to use new endmill wizard and intelligent, integrated 3D graphics simulation as standard.

Setting up a new batch of endmills has never been easier.





Superior Productivity with ANCA’s High Capacity, 'RoboMate' Universal Robot Loader

RoboMate is a high capacity and compact loader option available on the MX5 for production or resharpening. It’s a breeze to use, just enter how many of each tool to make, and RoboMate figures out the rest.

ANCA's RoboMate Unversal Robot Loader for Tool Grinding

Does an Endmill Grinder Need to be Flexible?

Easy to use often means ‘restrictive software’. Not so with ANCA. Our software and machines have set the benchmark in flexibility for years.

Flexible ANCA tool grinding softwareThe ANCA software lets you easily design and grind many different types of tools. It’s when you get those really difficult jobs that you will really be able to appreciate what you can do with ANCA software, and where other systems can fall short.

Even if you only grind endmills on your MX5, with ANCA’s flexibility you can get the edge on your competition by adding custom geometry to your tool designs. For example, adding chip breakers, complex land geometries or varying the gash profile in subtle ways.

 “We have huge demand for high end, high quality tools. Lots of special tools with combined features (eg: endmill and reamer in one multi-functional tool). ANCA is known for the flexibility of the software.”
        Jin Jianbing, Changzhou Kenda Tools, Changzhou, China

How to Choose the Best Tool Grinder for Endmill Production & Resharpening

The tool grinder that is right for your endmill operations depends on your volumes and tool size ranges. Here’s how the MX5 fits into the ANCA tool and cutter grinder range for endmill production and sharpening:

ANCA Tool Grinders Suitable for Endmill Manufacturing & Resharpening Machine Structure Spindle Power
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Wheel Packs Loader Type
FastGrind ANCA FastGrind
ANCA's budget machine. Manufacture & sharpen small to mid size endmills - up to 8mm (5/16”).
Single Column 8kW (10hp)^
3.7kW (5hp)◊
2 x φ 200mm (8”) max FastLoad (option)

245 x 3mm tools

The perfect economic choice for most production and sharpening jobs from micro-tools to endmills up to 16mm (5/8”). More accurate than the RX7 it replaces as it is based on the more premium MX Series range.
Bi-Symmetrical Gantry 26kW (35hp)^
14kW (19hp)◊
2 x φ 200mm (8”) max RoboMate (option)

840 x 3mm tools (2 pallet version)

2530 x 3mm tools (4 pallet version)

Same design as the MX5, but with more spindle power plus 4 extra wheel packs for longer unmanned production of endmills up to 25mm (1”).
 Bi-Symmetrical Gantry

38kW (51hp)^
20kW (27hp)◊

permanent magnet motor

3 x φ 200mm (8”) max or

6 x φ 150mm (6”) max

RoboMate (option)

840 x 3mm tools (2 pallet version)

2530 x 3mm tools (4 pallet version)

The heavy duty machine for production and resharpening of endmills up to 32mm (1 ¼”) and 400mm long (16”).
Bi-Symmetrical Gantry 37kW (49hp)^
15kW (20hp)◊
2 x φ 200mm (8”) max RoboMate (option)

840 x 3mm tools (2 pallet version)

2530 x 3mm tools (4 pallet version)

TXcell ANCA TXcell
An advanced tool manufacturing or resharpening cell based on the TX7+, with higher wheel and tool capacities and higher automation levels.
Bi-Symmetrical Gantry 37kW (49hp)^
15kW (20hp)◊
Options up to 24:
10x φ 300mm (12”) max and
14x φ 200mm (8”) max.

Integrated robotic cell

Robot loads tools and wheels and performs auxiliary operations (eg: laser etch)

840 x 3mm tools (2 pallet version)

2530 x 3mm tools (4 pallet version)


Productive Range - Tool (shank) Diameter

Productive Range of ANCA Tool Grinders 

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