CAMX 2016: The Final Report

CAMX 2016: The final report With CAMX 2016 quickly receding, we offer this the full, complete and final report on what was seen, what was heard and what was new at North America’s largest composites industry event. And we hope to see you next year at CAMX 2017, Sept. 11-14 in Orlando, Florida. More. Looking ahead to CAMX 2017 When …

CAMX Marks an Attendance Milestone with Nearly 8000 Attendees

CAMX Marks an Attendance Milestone with Nearly 8000 Attendees Thank you to everyone who participated in CAMX 2016, making it a great success. Overall attendance exceeded CAMX 2015 by almost 10% with 7,987 registrations this year, solidifying CAMX’s position as North America’s premiere Composites and Advanced Materials event.  Participants came from over 50 countries and every state in the US, …

CAMX 2016: Exhibitor Previews – Part 2

CAMX 2016 Exhibitor Previews: Part 2 CAMX, in its third year, is growing and expanding, and the quantity and quality of new products and technologies being introduced at the show is impressive. CAMX Connection asked exhibitors to tell us about the products they will feature, and the response has been tremendous. This week features Part 2 of 2 of the …

CAMX 2016: Global Trends

CAMX: Where Students Become the Teachers Almost everything that happens in the composites industry is done with the future in mind. During each CAMX, attendees get the tools they need to drive the industry forward. It seems fitting that this year’s CAMX will place an emphasis on the composite innovators of the future. This year, CAMX will be a chance …

CAMX 2016: Composites Blowing in the Wind

 More and More Composites Blowing in the Wind Wind energy is putting the uncertainty that was the hallmark of this industry in the rearview mirror. Electricity from this renewable resource is cheaper and more competitive than it’s ever been — and getting more so. And with a five-year Production Tax Credit (PTC) on the books in the United States, the …

CAMX 2016: Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing Comes to Composites Fabrication The use of continuous fiber in additive manufacturing systems is not trivial, but it is being done. As this fabrication technology evolves and matures, options for applying it in everything from automotive to aerospace to consumer composites will expand tremendously, creating a host of new opportunities for the composites industry. Read here for whose …

CAMX 2016: Multifunctional Materials

Aerocomposites: The move to multifunctionality Much has been said about the pressing need to reduce commercial air carrier fuel costs and CO2 emissions by lightweighting aircraft through the use of composite materials. The next wave in this movement is almost certain to be multifunctional composites. What are they? Composite laminates that not only provide lightweight, load-bearing structures, but also perform …

CAMX 2016: Taking the Hand Out of Hand Layup

Taking the hand out of hand layup Hand layup has a long history in aerospace composites fabrication, but it’s not well suited for automotive composites manufacturing, where volumes are much higher. But the discrete placement of fiber reinforcements still has value. New research is pointing toward automated hand layup that might help this vital process bridge the aerospace-to-automotive divide. More. …

CAMX 2016: Composites Recycling Becomes a Necessity

Composites Recycling Becomes a Necessity Boeing and Airbus each is generating as much as a 1 million lb of cured and uncured carbon fiber prepreg waste each year from 787 and A350 XWB production. If you include the entire supply chain for these planes, the total is closer to 4 million lb/year. And with the automotive industry poised to consume …