2019 CAMX Award Finalists

2019 CAMX Awards Finalists

The CAMX Award is awarded to two game-changing entries that reflect the depth and breadth of the CAMX theme: Combined Strength. Unsurpassed Innovation. Congratulations to our 2019 CAMX Award Finalists.

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This award is presented to the composites product that clearly demonstrates a team approach and effort that brings together knowledge, resources and talent to produce an incredible example of the best use of composites materials that solves a problem. Here are the 2019 entries.

The assembly of CFRP components is usually often carried out by using fasteners, which are glued into the cured and subsequently drilled CFRP component. As an alternative to mechanical milling or drilling processes, laser processing offers the advantages of tool wear-free operation, high flexibility and the highest precision in the micrometer range. Compared to conventional lasers, ultra-short pulse lasers in particular allow damage-free processing with minimal heat input and extreme precision (figure 1). Core innovation of the EU and OP.EFRE funded “CarboLase”-project is the combination of high-precision laser material processing of the textile preforms by ultra-short pulsed laser radiation and a fully automated application of metallic fasteners into the preforms (figure 2). The technologies are integrated in a single robot cell (figure 3). By the integration of fasteners into the textile preforms and a combined consolidation, the total amount of process steps can be reduced. In addition, precise and tailored drill hole contours for fasteners enable increased pull-out forces by at least 45 % compared to the state-of-the-art (figure 4).

Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University


This award is presented to the composites product that clearly demonstrates a novel design that incorporates low-cost materials for high-volume applications or with high performance applications with low-volume materials which delivers a product that is innovative and has the potential to either significantly impact existing or open new markets. Here are the 2019 entries.

World first 5G radome material made with thermoplastic reinforcement that can be formed in a single step without infusion or utilizing prepregs and still deliver low dK/dF.

BGF Industries

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