The sessions included live demos of processing techniques.
The sessions included live demos of processing techniques.

Over 150 students, academics, technicians and business owners from 23 states have been learning about the latest developments in advanced materials and processes during a two-day school presented by Composites One in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).

‘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.’

‘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,’ added IACMI CEO Craig Blue.

The sessions included live demos of reusable bag molding, light resin transfer molding, prepreg and high temperature compression molding, and presentations on vacuum infusion, and designing with carbon fiber.

Attendees also heard a customer case history from Scout Boats, and toured the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Carbon Fiber Technology Facility.

The companies plan to run three more schools 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 are designed to help participants become more adept in advanced and closed mold processing, out-of-autoclave production, additive manufacturing (3D printing) lightweighting of products, prototyping, selecting systems and equipment, advancements in composites and high performance materials, data acquisition, modeling and simulation.

Check the Composites One website for dates and registration details.

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