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May 2, 2023

RCBI is now the Marshall Advanced Manufacturing Center

As posted April 27, 2023, on Marshall University President Brad D. Smith joined campus and community leaders, policymakers, and team members of the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) this week to announce a new name for the long-time institute, which now will be known as the Marshall Advanced Manufacturing Center.  The announcement comes after approval from […]

March 15, 2023

Scaling Up: How ACE is Expanding Nationally

March 15, 2023 – “This effort to train the next generation workforce, from entrepreneurs to machinists, is a dream come true,” says Dr. Tony Schmitz, developer of the America’s Cutting Edge (ACE) curriculum. “It’s the culmination of all the things I’ve learned and taught in a compact, efficient way.” Proven successful on a local level, […]

February 2, 2023

Digital twins: Smart manufacturing’s DNA for a bright future

Written by: Stephan Biller, Amrine Distinguished Professor in Industrial Engineering and the Purdue Business School at Purdue University Our current political divisiveness is grounded in the separation of haves and have-nots. It stinks to be on the have-not side, and it can happen to anybody. Manufacturing helps to move people to the have side. So, […]

February 1, 2023

ACE Expands Machine Tools Workforce Training Centers into Florida

Emerging national network of machine tool workforce development centers aims to revitalize American manufacturing. The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing InnovationÒ (IACMI) announced today it is expanding America’s Cutting Edge (ACE), a national initiative aimed at revitalizing U.S. manufacturing, to three locations in Florida. Those schools include the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at the […]

February 1, 2023

CNC Bootcamp returns to Oak Ridge this spring

A popular bootcamp is returning to Oak Ridge High School this spring thanks to a recent partnership between Roane State Community College and the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation® (IACMI). Roane State announced its workforce training partnership with IACMI last year, making the college just the third location in the State of Tennessee to […]

January 11, 2023

NTMA Endorses ACE Workforce Program

America’s Cutting Edge provides free machine tool training aimed at revitalizing American manufacturing KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (January 11, 2023) – The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) announced the endorsement today of America’s Cutting Edge (ACE), a free machine tool training program designed to engage the next generation of machinists and create talent pipelines for the […]

December 13, 2022

North Carolina A&T, Alamance Community College Partner to Provide No-cost Precision Machining Training

America’s Cutting Edge CNC Program Aims to Revitalize American Manufacturing (December 13, 2022) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) and Alamance Community College (ACC) have kicked off the first Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining training of its kind in North Carolina. America’s Cutting Edge (ACE), a U.S. Department of Defense program […]

November 15, 2022

ACE Celebrates 3000th Online Registrant

“I’m 34 years old, this is my first job in manufacturing, and I’m really excited about my future!” said Marcus Beamon of Denton, Texas. America’s Cutting Edge (ACE) is pleased to celebrate Marcus as the 3000th registrant for its free online machine training as a pathway toward a more fulfilling and prosperous career in manufacturing. […]

September 21, 2022

IACMI, University of Tennessee Meeting Manufacturing Workforce Demands

The United States is facing a severe manufacturing workforce shortage. To tackle the nation’s skills gap, IACMI and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville are bringing the technology and training directly to the people who need it. Teachers and instructors in East Tennessee and beyond are learning essential machining skills at the University of Tennessee […]

August 11, 2022

Designing, Machining, and Racing Composite Drones

That’s one of the take-aways from the ACE CNC Composites Workshop led by Dr. Uday Vaidya a few weeks ago where participants got to design, machine, and race composite drones. “The most important thing I want them to take away is that engineering is a holistic experience,” said Dr. Vaidya, IACMI Chief Technology Officer. He’s […]