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
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.
Aug 30 – Sept 8: Online voting
period / social media and www.hurco.com/win
Chipmaker Challenge Championship
o Tues, Sept.
9, 1:30 pm
o Hurco IMTS
One Technology Way
P.O. Box 68180
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Hurco Companies, Inc.
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.
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.
INDIANAPOLIS— Hurco announced today that Sandvik Coromant will donate $1,000 worth of tooling to
the champion of the Chipmaker Challenge, a
contest designed to highlight manufacturing entrepreneurism, which will be held
at the International Manufacturing Technology Show Tuesday (IMTS), Sept. 9, at
1:30 p.m. at the Hurco booth (S-8619). The winner will walk away with their
choice of a brand new Hurco VMX42i CNC mill or TM8i
lathe in addition to the Sandvik Coromant tooling package.
“The idea of the Chipmaker
as we discussed ways to add some excitement to IMTS and get publicity for the
entrepreneurs in our industry who do remarkable things each and every day,”
said Joe Braun, General Manager of Hurco North America. “Our customers are
competitive, proud of the businesses they’ve built, and the products they make.
We decided to model the Chipmaker Challenge after the television show Shark
Tank in order to create an exciting, competitive, entertaining event that
showcases manufacturing entrepreneurs and highlights the hi-tech aspect of
manufacturing in this country. We know there is an effort to rebrand
manufacturing so young people and their parents better understand 21st
century manufacturing and we hope the Chipmaker Challenge might bring more
attention to the industry,” continued Braun.
are so appreciative that Sandvik Coromant offered to provide tooling to the
winner. They have been great partners on so many collaborative projects
throughout the years and we are thankful for their support of the Chipmaker
Challenge,” said Braun.
For details, go to www.hurco.com/win.Important Dates
Aug 15 – Aug 28: Finalists notified
Aug 30 – Sept 8: Online voting period
Tues, Sept. 9, 1:30 pm
Hurco IMTS Booth S-8319