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Road2Composites Workshop in Detroit, Mich., April 17 and 18
April 17 @ 8:00 am - April 18 @ 5:00 pm
Registration is now open for Road2Composites: Scaling Up Innovation, an automotive-themed workshop being presented April 17-18 in Detroit, MI by Composites One, the Closed Mold Alliance, and Magnum Venus Products, in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), one of eight organizations comprising the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation.
This is the second year in a row that Composites One and IACMI will be partnering on Road2Composites, an extremely popular event that attracted over 200 attendees. “We developed that workshop to help prepare the next generation of composites professionals in the automotive and transportation markets, and ensure that our industry’s current workforce was up to speed on the latest technologies,” said Composites One Director of Marketing Communications Marcy Offner,
“We now have the opportunity to build on our success and provide attendees with a deeper dive into scale-up, light-weighting, and high-volume composites products and processes,” she added. The workshop will be held at a venue specially designed for that purpose – the IACMI Scale Up Research Facility (SURF), a massive manufacturing innovation center in Detroit that just opened last October.
At this year’s event, subject matter experts will lead scale-up focused discussions and demos covering such topics as Compression Molding, SMC and 3D printed tooling, as well as Injection Molding and Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics Molding. Also on the agenda are presentations on CAD/CAM, Tooling Design, Light RTM and Injection, High-Pressure RTM, Prepreg, and more. Kicking off the event will be a keynote presentation by Pratt & Miller, a well-known automotive firm whose successful motorsports operation has evolved into an innovative, full-service engineering and low volume manufacturing company.
Road2Composites: Scaling Up Innovation is the first of four educational workshops being held in 2018 in partnership with IACMI. Other sessions this year include:
- Advanced Composites Use in Wind Energy Technology, NREL, Denver, CO – June 5-6
- Pultrusion Workshop, University of Tennessee, Knoxville – August 21-22
- Composites Hands-On Training, Dayton, OH – Nov. 14-15
For registration and more information, please go to www.road2composites18.eventbrite.com. Those traveling into the area should arrange to fly into the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. A block of rooms has been reserved at $159 at the Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown, 351 Gratiot Ave. Rooms must be booked by March 26 at www.tinyurl.com/Road2CompositesHotel.