If you didn't make it to CAMX, here's what you missed
CAMX 2018 was held Oct. 15-18 in Dallas, and if you could not attend this year, CompositesWorld did it for you. This compendium of written and video reporting from the show is designed to bring you up to speed on the new products, trends, presentations and more that the show had to offer.
- CAMX 2018 video review
CAMX 2018 offered a comprehensive glimpse of how materials and processing technologies are evolving for the global composites industry.
- CAMX 2018: Big changes coming
3D printing goes thermoset, pultrusion aims at automotive, a polyester resin with Tg>250°C and much more from the Dallas exhibit floor.
- CAMX 2018: Second look, more new developments
Curved pultrusion for automotive, Smart Susceptors for primary structure repairs and Huntsman advances leaf springs for trucks, carbon wheels for automotive, “thin-ply” ailerons with Airbus and Nanocomp Technologies.
- Video: Manufacturing the Future With Composites
CAMX 2018 showcased a video giving attendees a glimpse of the future through the eyes of the composites industry and illustrating the way advanced materials are being used to improve our lives.
- Video: Cincinnati Inc.'s 3D printed trim tool for the 777X wing tip
Cincinnati Inc. explains the process for creating and their record-holding additively manufactured tool.
- CAMX 2018 Show Daily available for download
All three issues of the 2018 CAMX Show Daily are available to read online or for download.
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 who is providing what kind of additive manufacturing technology for use in composites fabrication.
Tremendous secrecy and non-disclosure has kept this profitable composites application out of the spotlight, while it has enabled the current shale oil energy boom.
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 (and waste) more carbon fiber than ever, recycling of composite materials has become an absolute necessity. The technology is there, but the markets are not. Yet.