Core Partners

Investing in ACE and helping revitalize American manufacturing.


America’s Cutting Edge: The program to reestablish American leadership in the machine tool industry through transformative thinking, technology innovation, and workforce development.

There is an urgent and growing need in the U.S. machining and machine tool industry for skilled individuals – operators, engineers, designers and more – in the 30,000 machining companies across America. America’s Cutting Edge (ACE) is a national initiative to restore the prominence of the U.S. machine tools sector. Through ACE, you can receive free online training and also qualify for hands-on, in-person training that can put you on a path to a career (or advancement, for existing workers) in the machine tool industry. No prior training or experience is required. Machining and machine tools are at the foundation of America’s manufacturing capability and its global competitiveness.

Our Core Partners

The ACE Program could not be successful without an extensive set of public-private partnerships.

Managed by the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) through an agreement with the Department of Defense (DoD) Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) program, ACE is a national Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining training program.