Applied Composites Engineering, CMS & the Evolution of CNC Technology

ACE uses the CMS Machine Cronus to make Aerospace components

An ACE employee uses CMS North America’s Cronus machining center.

Applied Composites Engineering (ACE) was founded in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1982. Originally a small composites shop dedicated to supporting the auto racing industry, ACE now serves OEMs in the commercial and military aerospace markets.

Because aerospace manufacturing requires tight tolerances, extreme precision, and perfect repeatability, ACE utilizes CNC machining extensively in their production processes. CMS North America has been their source for CNC technology on multiple occasions. There was a time, however, when the technology available could not meet ACE’s needs.

In the 1990s, ACE founder and president Leigh Sargent told us recently, CNC systems were available in essentially two types: large, heavy-duty metal cutting machines and small, lightweight routers. There was no middle ground and, additionally, these systems’ accuracy often left something to be desired.

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New York Times Reviews Alfa Romeo 4C

Alfa Romeo 4C uses CMS North America's CNC Machines

CMS North America is proud to be partnering with Alfa Romeo for their newest project, the Alfa Romeo 4C. The New York Times recently took notice of Alfa Romeo’s newest offering and offered up this video review. Watch the video on their site here and then check out our previous blog post for more information on how Alfa Romeo used CMS’ 5-axis machining centers to craft this high-powered sports car.