The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has announced the winners for the Awards for Composites Excellence, sponsored by Composites One. The awards recognise outstanding achievement and innovation in technology, manufacturing and product development.

‘At a time in our industry where disruptive innovation is top-of-mind, this year's ACE winners have all shown the ability to change composites and advanced materials manufacturing as we know it,’ said Marcy Offner, director of marketing communications for Composites One.

The Innovation in Green Composites Design Award is presented to the composites product that best exemplifies innovation that minimizes the environmental footprint or offers an attractive life cycle assessment (LCA) of the product. This year, the award went to Oak Ridge National Laboratory for developing and demonstrating large-scale bio-based 3D printing used to 3D print a large portion of the world's largest green printed pavilion structure.

The design category also features the Most Creative Application Award, which is given to the composites product that showcases composites use in a new application. This year, the award was presented to The Aerospace Corporation for developing a processing method to manufacture replicated composite mirrors with high optical quality and dimensional stability under varying hygrothermal environments.

Improving production

In the manufacturing category, the Equipment and Tooling Innovation Award is given to the equipment, tooling, production aid, or software that is designed to improve manufacturing production, environmental sustainability or product quality and performance in composites manufacturing. This year, the award went to Autodesk< for its platform that provides an end-to-end solution for composite manufacturers.

The manufacturing category also features the Materials and Process Innovation Award, which recognizes a material or process that best contributes to efficient manufacturing and product sustainability. This year, the award went to Gifu University for its process that provides a high flexibility of design, high fabrication yield, and easy shaping for a carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) molding product.

Finally, in the market growth category, the Infinite Possibility Award is given to the composites product that demonstrates the potential to increase the use of composites in existing markets or generate the greatest impact to open new and emerging markets for composites. For the second year in a row, the award went to Ashland Performance Materials. This year, Ashland collaborated with Ford and Magna International on composite subframe that reduces the weight of a vehicle and consolidates the number of parts needed in its assembly by over 80%.

This story is reprinted from material from CAMX, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.