Special events round out CAMX experience
CAMX offers several special events for show-goers, which may fit your schedule. Today’s events include an orientation breakfast for first-time CAMX attendees, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Omni Hotel in Room Trinity 5. Then, 8:30-10 a.m., the event’s Opening General Session, CAMX Live!, will be held in the Dallas Ballroom, also at the Omni. This is a don’t-miss event — the speaker will be Charles Kuehmann, vice president of materials engineering at SpaceX and Tesla Motors, and former product design leader at Apple.
On Wednesday, young professionals under 35 years old are invited to gather at the Young Professionals Reception to introduce themselves and connect with industry peers. The reception is 6-7 p.m. at the Black Ship Little Katana restaurant adjacent to the Omni; light snacks will be served. If you didn’t sign up for the event when you registered, you can add it to your experience at the registration desk.
Also on Wednesday afternoon will be the Market Segment Reception, sponsored by Composites One, 5-6:30 p.m. Here you can discuss relevant issues within specific areas of interest, including pultrusion, automotive composites, architectural composites, composite rebar, corrosion control and more. The Market Segment Reception will be held on the Pegasus Lawn at the Omni Hotel.
On Thursday, join other attendees for the show’s final networking opportunity at the CAMX Closing Luncheon, 1-2 p.m. in the Dallas Ballroom at the Omni. The topic to be addressed is “Unconventional Uses of Composite Materials.” Hear insights on this topic and make acquaintances that can help further your business.
For those who registered for CAMX 2018 at the full conference or premium levels, Bell Helicopter is offering exclusive tours of its two main composite manufacturing centers in nearby Ft. Worth, 2-6 p.m. on Thursday. Part one of the tour includes a walkthrough of the Rotors Center at Bell’s headquarters, where Bell builds the blades for its helicopters and tiltrotor aircraft. Part two consists of a visit to Bell’s Advanced Composite Center, where components such as wing skins, yokes and grips for the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor are built.
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