CAMX 2019 Featured Sessions

CAMX 2019 Featured Sessions

CAMX’s Featured Sessions provide cutting-edge information delivered by high-level industry experts. These sessions focus on composites innovation, market growth and other subjects associated with advanced materials technologies. You'll use what you learn in these sessions to improve your products and processes, expand your business, and plan for the future.

Composites Education for the Modern Engineer

This session will bring together representatives from industry and academia to discuss the current state of composites education and goals for future directions. Speakers will provide information and tips for better preparing the next generation of engineers for the workforce through the development of curriculums tailored to industry needs.

Large Scale Additive Manufacturing: Opportunities, Challenges and Path Forward

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is one of the industry’s top breakthrough technologies and is projected to continue with accelerated growth. Discussion topics for this panel include, research and development in composites feedstock materials and systems for large scale AM, modeling and process simulation, integrated and impeded systems, and new applications for additive manufacturing.

NDI Technology Advances and Challenges

The experts gathered for this panel will discuss current NDI methods, software technology, and capabilities; plus, focus on where NDI technologies must advance in order to keep abreast of manufacturing automation, large structures, and higher production rates on smaller components.

Automation in Composites Manufacturing: Status, Advances and Future

Panelists across several market segments will discuss the current status and advances in technologies dealing in automated manufacturing processes. In addition, panelists will focus on the future needs, growth, and challenges of certifying structures according to rigid standards and AS and ISO requirements.

Tooling Technology Advancements to Meet Increased Composite Markets

From fishing rods to commercial aircraft and launch vehicles, tooling availability remains a defining factor across all market segments and composite products. Structures continue to take on new dimensions and shapes, and must endure manufacturing processes that require “thinking outside the tooling box.” Expert panelists will discuss what is available, what advances are occurring, and the foremost challenges.

Recycling Composites – An Implementation Story

In late 2018 Boeing and ELG Carbon Fiber announced a long-term arrangement for recycling carbon fiber composite materials out of Boeings 777X wing facility and other Boeing locations. The journey to this point passed through many scales and functions with deliberate efforts ranging from single filament tensile testing to full scale facility audits. Pete George will describe Boeings successful path to implementation highlighting both technical and operational perspectives.

Applying Bonding Across Multitudes of Hybrid Combinations in Joints

Bonding, joining and hybrid systems has become more complex due to composite markets expansion with technology needs for rate production (automotive) and materials advances (both thermosets and thermoplastics). Speaker presentation will address a number of technology aspects and automation-inspection requirements.

Materials Genome Initiative -- How It Influences Materials and Processing Technology

The main goal of the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) is the discovery, process optimization, and commercial deployment of novel materials twice as fast as current practice and at reduced cost.

Future Impact of FRP Concrete Reinforcement on the Commercial Building Industry

Miller & Long, Washington D.C.’s largest subcontractor of cast-in-place concrete, expects FRP rebar to have a significant impact on the industry, with cost savings in labor, materials, and transportation being the driving force to acceptance of composite rebar. There are two main challenges that must be addressed: (1) quality assurance and control; and (2) consistent building and material code specifications. Miller & Long is partnering with select companies and universities to meet these challenges and advance the FRP rebar market and will provide attendees with an update on current trends, challenges, and industry goals.

Evolution of Transportation and Impact on Material Needs

The transportation market is transforming – connectivity, electrification, and the shared economy are having a significant impact on the demands for materials, and the functions they will serve. This speaker will discuss the changing requirements for the materials and the opportunities that represents for the composites industry.


Urban Air Mobility is arriving this decade with cities around the globe gearing up to accommodate over $100 billion in new infrastructure construction to service electric vertical flight. A recent Morgan Stanley study pegged this market segment between $1.6 and $2.8 trillion, with a demand for supporting infrastructure – heliports, vertiports and passenger facilities – to arrive first. How will urban planners and composite manufacturers shape this exciting future?

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