12 April 2016
12 April 2016
Over 150 students, academics, technicians and business owners from 23 states now have a better understanding of the latest developments in advanced materials and processes, thanks to attending a two-day school presented by Composites One in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), one of eight organisations comprising the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation.
“When we developed this new partnership, it was with the goal of helping prepare the next generation of composites professionals, as well as ensuring that our industry’s existing workforce is up to speed on the latest technologies,” said Composites One Marketing Communications Director, Marcy Offner. “Judging by the comments that we heard from attendees, we’re on our way to achieving that goal.”
IACMI - The Composites Institute’s CEO, Craig Blue agreed, adding, “This collaboration reinforces our mission to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge technologies for low-cost, energy-efficient manufacturing of advanced composites, positively impacting innovation and workforce development.”
Held on 5-6 April 2016 at IACMI – The Composites Institute headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee, US, the ‘Solutions in Process and Advanced Materials for Today’s Composites Manufacturer’ school featured over a dozen sessions led by subject matter experts from Composites One, the Closed Mold Alliance, IACMI – The Composites Institute, the University of Tennessee, and Magnum Venus Products (MVP). They included live demos of reusable bag moulding, light resin transfer moulding, prepreg and high temperature compression moulding, and presentations on vacuum infusion, and designing with carbon fibre. Attendees also heard an actual customer case history from Scout Boats, and toured the Oak Ridge National.
“The ‘Solutions in Process and Advanced Materials for Today’s Composites Manufacturer’ school would not be possible without the expertise and support of our supplier partners,” said Offner. They include 3A Composites, Ashland Performance Materials, Axiom Materials, Chem-Trend, Chomarat, Owens Corning, Polynt Composites US, Quantum Composites, SikaAxson, Soul Composites, SWORL (a division of Prairie Technology Group), United Initiators and Vectorply.
Following this event will be three more schools in the US this year, including:
Intermediate Processing & Wind Energy Workshop – Denver, Colorado
Process & Advanced Materials Workshop – West Lafayette, Indiana
Process & Automotive Market Advances in Composites – Detroit, Michigan
All the events are designed to help participants become more adept in advanced and closed mould processing, out-of-autoclave production, additive manufacturing (3D printing) light-weighting of products, prototyping, selecting systems and equipment, advancements in composites and high performance materials, data acquisition, modelling and simulation. Sessions will be led by experienced process experts from Composites One and the Closed Mold Alliance, a resource dedicated to helping manufacturers make a successful conversion to closed mould and other advanced processes, and IACMI. Along with Composites One, the Closed Mold Alliance founding members include Magnum Venus Products and RTM North.
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