INDIANAPOLIS— Hurco announced today that seven finalists have been named for the first ever Chipmaker Challenge Championship to be held Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Hurco IMTS booth. Modeled loosely after the television show Shark Tank, Hurco decided to sponsor the Chipmaker Challenge to garner attention for manufacturing entrepreneurs. The winner will walk away with their choice of a brand new Hurco VMX42i CNC mill or TM8i lathe in addition to a tooling package from Sandvik Coromant.
“We were extremely impressed by the high caliber of applications we received. This was a rigorous application process that required a substantial time commitment, and all of the applicants delivered. It was very close. So close, in fact, that we expanded the final field from five to seven,” said Maggie Smith, Marketing Manager for Hurco Companies, Inc.
The application process was July 1-Aug 8. Participants answered a series of online questions related to manufacturing and business, and then were given an outline of subjects to cover in a written or video essay. On Aug. 30, the second phase of the contest begins. The public will vote online for the finalist they think should win at www.hurco.com/win. The results of the online vote will be revealed at the Live Chipmaker Challenge Championship Sept. 9, said Smith.
The seven Chipmaker Challenge Finalists who will pitch their business plan in front of a panel of judges at IMTS are: Jordan Hill, Middle Coast Moldmakers, in Wisconsin; Jason Merrell, Wolfpack Motorsports, Inc., in California; Wade Moore, Moore Engineering in Connecticut; Ben Noordhoek, On Time Machining, in Michigan; Richard O'Neal, Zel Technologies, in Florida; Philip Paull, Excavating Solutions, LLC., in Indiana; and Dakota Sodergren, DKS Machining, in Washington.
“We hope the Chipmaker Challenge will be an exciting and entertaining event that showcases manufacturing entrepreneurs and highlights the hi-tech aspect of manufacturing in this country,” said Smith.
Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Hurco manufactures sophisticated, yet shop floor friendly machine tools designed for virtually any application and budget. The flagship VMX Series is a production-oriented line of mills designed for speed while the high performance TMX Series is its counterpart in the lathe category. The popular VM Series of mills and the TM Series of lathes combine small footprints with huge work cubes and best-in-class features. The U Series and SR Series feature application machines with 5-axis technology. The TMM Series includes lathes equipped with live tooling for multi-tasking. Each machining center and turning center from Hurco includes the integrated Hurco control with WinMax® which has multiple programming methods and is the most efficient way for machine shops to increase productivity.
About Sandvik Coromant
Sandvik Coromant is a global leading supplier of cutting tools, tooling solutions and know-how to the metalworking industry. With extensive investments in research and development Sandvik Coromant creates unique innovations and sets new productivity standards together with their customers. These include the world's major aerospace,automotive, and energy industries. Sandvik Coromant has 8000 employees and is represented in 130 countries. It is part of the business area Sandvik Machining Solutions within the global industrial group Sandvik.