CAMX Connection – August 9, 2017

Composites recycling: Gaining traction

Technology to recycle carbon fiber, glass fiber and — at last — resins is viable and operational, able to handle everything from uncured prepreg to finished parts and structures. What the composites industry needs now is the maturation of the market for recycled and repurposed material. More.

Your CAMX 2017 Guide

There are only a few weeks until CAMX 2017, featuring a full conference program with more than 250 conference sessions and feature experts in more than 100 topics. Attendees can search the entire program by track, event type, or speaker name. Here is your guide to make the most of CAMX 2017!

On the first day of CAMX, attendees can attend pre-conference tutorials that take an in-depth look at a wide range of topics, including tooling, thermosets and thermoplastics, gel coat repair, and more.

The General Session on September 12 will kick off with CAMX Live! – a series of three dynamics presentations given by industry trailblazers will provide examples of how companies are creating disruptive innovation in multiple markets by thinking about designing and creating in new ways to make radical changes to products and the industry. This year, Boom Technology Structural Engineer Bryce Knight, Composites Building Structures President/CEO James Antonic, and Oracle Team USA Designer Kurt Jordan will be speaking.  The General Session is open to all attendees and exhibitors.

Featured Sessions, which are developed by a joint team of ACMA and SAMPE members, will cover trending hot topics in the industry, such as recycling, additive manufacturing, modeling and simulation, and bonding of hybrid joints for automotive applications.

The Conference Program will also feature the innovations of young minds in the composites industry at the Poster Session. On display throughout CAMX for all to read and learn from, the Posters are written by students, universities and company researchers. On September 14, CAMX will present the Outstanding Paper Awards to ten researchers from the composites industry, academia and the government who put together well-written, interesting and groundbreaking technical papers. This year’s winners are:

  • Antonio Paesano, Boeing
  • Hardik Dalal, The Boeing Company
  • Jonathan Garhart, Sikorsky – Lockheed Martin
  • Amit Naskar, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Scott Huelskamp, University of Dayton Research Institute
  • Nobuo Takeda, The University of Tokyo

The show will conclude with a panel of composites and advanced materials professionals who have learned how to use social media to their advantage. Make sure to follow @the_CAMX, @ACMAcomposites, and @SAMPE for show updates, and to post about your own experience with the hashtag #CAMX17.

To get the most of CAMX, make sure to visit MyCAMX Planner to find and keep track of programming and exhibits. CAMX attendees can register as a student, a non-member, or a member of ACMA or SAMPE.  To attend all conference program sessions, attendees should register for a Full Conference or Premium registration.  A Show Sampler registration provides access to 4 conference sessions.  Registration rates increase August 18, 2017.  All attendees can register through the CAMX website.

Make a Plan with MyCAMX

MyCAMX Planner combines planning and logistics into one easy-to-use tool. Use the MyCAMX Planner to:

  • Find and select exhibitors to visit
  • Create a customized Conference Program plan
  • View facility maps to navigate the exhibit hall and conference program
  • Schedule meetings with exhibitors…and more!

Start planning your CAMX experience today. Visit the MyCAMX Planner here.

CAMX Awards and ACE Preview

Take a sneak peek at some of the award entries and finalists that will be on display at CAMX 2017. The CAMX Awards (sponsored by Ashland) and Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) (Sponsored by Composites One). Pavilions at CAMX provide attendees a first-hand, up-close look at innovations that are shaping markets, inspiring solutions, and shifting composites industry expectations.

Reserve Hotels by August 18

Some hotels are nearly sold out! Make reservations today to take advantage of the best availability and rates. CAMX has negotiated reduced rates with various hotels all within walking distance to the Orange County Convention Center. Be sure to book your room through Conference Direct – the only official CAMX Housing Bureau. Official CAMX hotels range from $149 to $255 per night.  Visit to book today.

All Aboard! Important CAMX Travel Information

Getting to CAMX is easy! With affordable, seamless flights into Orlando International Airport (MCO), countless ground transportation options, and exclusive travel discounts for CAMX attendees, you can conveniently arrive at CAMX 2017. Find all resources and information for CAMX travel and logistics here, and make your plans to attend CAMX 2017 today!

New Ways to Connect at CAMX

Make new connections in a new way in the CAMX Connection Zone at the Innovation Park. This area features facilitated networking groups for young professionals, composites educators, chemists, composites’ sports enthusiasts; and women, LGBTQ, and people of color in composites. This is your place to meet a new conference pal, find someone to go to dinner with, and build lasting relationships. Additional activities include campfire sessions on a variety of trends and issues. Be sure to create a MyCAMX account so you don’t miss any of these activities!

Register for the CAMX Race and win CASH!

Join the CAMX Race, an exciting game where students and young professionals use their mobile phones to discover new exhibitors and innovators while answering trivia questions that could be worth cash prizes up to $500, on Wednesday, September 13.  Separate registration is required. Exhibitors can also sign up to participate. Sponsored by Polynt-Reichhold. Learn more here.

RSVP for a Free Breakfast for First Time CAMX Attendees!

Are you NEW to CAMX?  Join other first-timers Tuesday morning, September 12, for coffee, breakfast, and networking at the First Time Attendees Orientation Breakfast. Meet other first-time attendees, learn tips to help you make the most of your time in the exhibit hall and sessions, and discover all that CAMX has to offer! Email to RSVP, and CAMX will confirm your attendance in early September.

Fund Your Innovative Endeavors

The xC Start-up competition is focused on innovation, the value created by the use of composite materials in the innovation, the role of the partners in the development phase, the benefits for the end-users and market potential of the innovation. The three best-ranked teams can win up to a total of $ 10,000 prize money. Submit an entry by August 28.