Additive manufacturing was remarkable from the very beginning. ACE knew it would have major implications in the manufacturing process. In 2012 ACE acquired the first of two Fortus 3D printers. At first, ACE engineers used the device to print experimental sculptures. But soon they began to use the printers for stable, reliable measuring fixtures, tool components (combined with traditional materials), and most importantly, scale models our engineers were able to use to demonstrate to customers where their designs might be improved for added strength and streamlined manufacturing. ACE went forward and built an entire free-standing lab where visiting guests can learn about the process and see results, in real time, during their tours.