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Composites Experts to Meet at Delcam Seminar

23 September 2005

Delcam, developer and supplier of CADCAM software, are hosting a free seminar to introduce the composites industry to companies who are looking to benefit from opportunities in composites manufacturing.

The free, half-day seminar will be held at Delcam’s Birmingham headquarters on Tuesday 11th October and will feature presentations from companies such as Hexcel and Boeing.

The seminar, which is being supported by the National Composites Network, will allow those new to the materials, and those hoping to win more business in the area, to meet a range of experts from both the commercial and technical sides of the industry.

The presentations will begin with an overview of the market by Mike Turner of materials supplier Hexcel. This will be followed by a specific presentation on opportunities within Boeing from Mary Goertz of the company. Boeing will be using its highest-ever proportion of composite materials in its new Dreamliner aircraft.

Other presentations will be given on marine applications by Karl Mula of Numarine, on low-cost manufacturing techniques by a speaker from GKN, and on advances in liquid moulding techniques by Dr. Andrew Long of Nottingham University. In addition, Lee Scott from Unimerco will describe his company’s latest cutting tools for composites machining and Delcam will show how its range of Power Solution software can help both designers and manufacturers of composite components to increase productivity, improve quality and reduce delivery times.

Unlike many other areas within UK manufacturing, the composites industry is continuing to grow as the materials are used increasingly to replace metals and wood. New applications continue to be found as the properties of the materials are developed, especially in the aerospace, automotive and marine industries.

The changing patterns in materials use offer both threats and opportunities to component manufacturers and the toolmakers that support them. In particular, companies that have been hit by the recent decline in UK toolmaking could find new opportunities in the composites area. Their skills in producing complex injection moulds could be transferred relatively easily to the manufacture of tooling for compression moulding and reaction injection moulding of composites. Similarly, firms that have traditionally made models and patterns for the metals industry could turn to producing similar items for composites manufacture.

The presentations will be followed by a buffet lunch, after which delegates will have opportunities for informal discussions with the speakers and to tour Delcam’s toolroom.

The image shows an autosport panel designed with Delcam’s PowerSHAPE CAD software.

For more information and to complete the registration form, click here.





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