CAMX 2015 is fast approaching (Oct. 26-29, Dallas, TX, US), which means it's time to start planning how you'll spend your time — on the show floor and in the conferences. The CAMX conference, as it did last year, rolls out a variety of presentation types, ranging from education sessions to panels to technical papers to keynote speeches. You can use the CAMX site to understand what's in store and start determining what you'll see when. To get you started, CompositesWorld (CW) offers this summary.
First, the Conferences page of the CAMX site allows you to browse presentations a variety of ways. Click on the Categories drop-down menu to make your choice:
Category options include:
- Conference Keyword
Generally speaking, there seven presentation types at CAMX:
- Education Session
- Featured Session
- General Session
- Networking Event
- Pre-Conference Tutorial
- Technical Paper
Each category is useful, depending what kind of information you seek. If you're just getting started, your best bet might be "Tracks" or "Categories." Either one allows you view all presentation types so that you can easily drill down according to the material or technology that interests you most.
The options under Tracks are:
- Accelerating Materials Insertion
- Advances in Traditional Materials
- Business and Compliance
- Design, Analysis & Testing
- Green & Sustainability
- Market Applications (Aerospace/Defense)
- Market Applications (Industrial/Consumer)
- New Materials
- Non Destructive Evaluation
- Work Force Development and Technologies
Among the more compelling Tracks is Manufacturing, which offers presentations on the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), additive manufacturing, process control, tooling and more. Advances in Traditional Materials covers coatings, thermoplastics, adhesives, high-temperature materials, fibers, core and more. Design, Analysis & Testing covers aging, damage, fatigue, failure, fracture, modeling, simulation, repair and more. Green and Sustainability covers wind energy, tidal energy, solar energy, oil and gas, recycling, biocomposites and more.
If you're looking for more in-depth composites exposure, CAMX offers 11 Pre-Conference Tutorials, each three hours long and covering design and analysis, design of experiments, manuacturing overview, test methods, open molding, vacuum infusion, wind blade repair, joint design, energy applicaitons, modeling and thermoplastics.
Finally, don't forget the CAMX Featured Sessions. These are one-hour presentations designed to hit on some of the most compelling and dynamic issues that the composites industry faces today: Carbon fiber in automotive, high-speed automation for automotive, life cycle assessment (LCA), bio-based materials, offshore wind, architecture, thermoplastics, pressure vessels and lightweighting successes.