03 November 2015
03 November 2015
The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) presented two awards, sponsored by Ashland, honouring cutting-edge innovations that will significantly impact composites and advanced materials in the marketplace.
According to organisers, SAMPE and ACMA, the Combined Strength Award celebrates visionary concepts and products that show strength through collaboration, while bridging low-cost materials/high-volume applications with high performance applications/low-volume materials. Organisers explain how this year, the award went to Cincinnati Incorporated for Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) technology that creates 3-D large-scale products up to 10 times larger than currently producible, and at speeds 200 to 500 times faster than existing additive machines. This type of technology allows for 3-D printing to be used for production manufacturing. The technology's use of commodity thermoplastic materials allows manufacturers to reduce costs per part, and the system's open architecture helps keep material costs low.
The Unsurpassed Innovation Award recognises a product or process that will significantly impact composites and advanced materials in the marketplace. This year, the award went to Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) for its TCA Ultra Lite, a Class A Body Panel material that GM recently used to cut weight from the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette. Organisers explains that, as automakers continue to seek material solutions for increasingly demanding fuel efficiency standards, materials such as TCA Ultra Lite set a high standard for what the automotive industry expects from composite materials and will lead to further integration of composites in automotive lightweighting solutions.
Photo provided by CAMX
Cobra International will showcase a range of composite products at CAMX 2018, including carbon fibre components for the automotive, transportation, marine, water sports and luxury sectors.
A skateboard, architectural panels and a rigid roof for boats, all built using Chomarat composite reinforcements, will be on display at CAMX 2018.
The American Composites Manufacturers Association participated in a roundtable discussion about the IMAGINE Act. Known as the Innovative Materials in American Growth and Infrastructure, Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, the new bill is designed to promote the increased use of innovative materials like fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, as well as new manufacturing methods to accelerate the deployment and extend the life of infrastructure projects.