Composites One training event attracts more than 150

The event is the first of four in 2016 being presented by Composites One, the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) and Magnum Venus Products.

Composites One (Arlington Heights, IL, US) reports that more than 150 students, academics, technicians and business owners from 23 states attended a two-day school presented by Composites One in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI, Knoxville, TN, US), one of eight organizations comprising the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation.

Held April 5-6 at IACMI Knoxville, the Solutions in Process and Advanced Materials for Today’s Composites Manufacturer school featured more than a dozen sessions led by subject matter experts from Composites One, the Closed Mold Alliance, IACMI – The Composites Institute, the University of Tennessee, and Magnum Venus Products (MVP, Knoxville). They included live demos of reusable bag molding, light resin transfer molding (LRTM), prepreg and high-temperature compression molding, and presentations on vacuum infusion, and designing with carbon fiber.

“When we developed this new partnership, it was with the goal of helping prepare the next generation of composites professionals, as well as ensuring that our industry’s existing workforce is up to speed on the latest technologies,” says Composites One marketing communications director Marcy Offner. “Judging by the comments that we heard from attendees, we’re on our way to achieving that goal.

IACMI CEO Craig Blue agrees, adding, “This collaboration reinforces our mission to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge technologies for low-cost, energy-efficient manufacturing of advanced composites, positively impacting innovation and workforce development.”

Attendees also heard an actual customer case history from Scout Boats, and toured the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Carbon Fiber Technology Facility.

“The Solutions in Process and Advanced Materials for Today’s Composites Manufacturer school would not be possible without the expertise and support of our supplier partners,” says Offner. They include 3A Composites, Ashland Performance Materials, Axiom Materials Inc., Chem-Trend, Chomarat, Owens Corning, Polynt Composites USA Inc., Quantum Composites, SikaAxson, Soul Composites, SWORL (a division of Prairie Technology Group, Inc.), United Initiators Inc. and Vectorply.

There will be three more schools this year:

  • Intermediate Processing & Wind Energy Workshop, June 14-15, Denver, CO (NREL)
  • Process & Advanced Materials Workshop, Aug. 9-10, West Lafayette, IN (Purdue University)
  • Process & Automotive Market Advances in Composites, Nov. 1-2, Detroit, MI (Michigan State University)

All are designed to help participants become more adept in advanced and closed mold processing, out-of-autoclave production, additive manufacturing (3D printing), lightweighting of products, prototyping, selecting systems and equipment, advancements in composites and high-performance materials, data acquisition, modeling and simulation. Sessions will be led by experienced process experts from Composites One and the Closed Mold Alliance, a resource dedicated to helping manufacturers make a successful conversion to closed mold and other advanced processes, and IACMI. Along with Composites One, the Closed Mold Alliance founding members include Magnum Venus Products and RTM North Ltd.