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Composites Today: New Technologies, Market Advances, Additive Manufacturing & Recycling Applications Take part in this new two-day workshop, which provides an overview of composites technologies and their many applications. No other seminar provides this level of focus on Additive Manufacturing, Recycling, Composites Markets and key Manufacturing Methods used in the major market segments.

4/25/2017 to 4/27/2017
When: April 25-27, 2017
Where: Red Lion Hotel Anaheim Resort
1850 S. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, California  92802
United States
Presenter: Dr. Scott W. Beckwith, BTG Composites
Contact: Anessa Sanchez-Olguin
1 (626) 521-9447

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Composites Today: New Technologies, Market Advances, Additive Manufacturing & Recycling Applications

In addition to being an overview of composites technologies and their many applications, this new workshop provides an in-depth focus on Additive Manufacturing, Recycling, Composites Markets and key Manufacturing Methods used in the major market segments.


Prior to the workshop, attendees may attend a special ITAR tour on April 25 of Coast Composites Tooling/Ascent Aerospace (Tour Registration is now closed).

Day one of the workshop begins with a keynote presentation by Chris Ridgard of Cytec/Solvay, a leader in Out-of-Autoclave (OOA) Technology, who will provide an overview of past, present and future OOA technologies.

Since composite structures in many market segments utilize a variety of different materials and processes, each segment has unique manufacturing methods. These manufacturing methods vary with both the structural performance required as well as the production volume of the parts being made. Consequently, processes for aerospace and defense structures are different from automotive and wind energy – just like consumer sporting goods vary due to their volume and product size. Material types as well as material cost per unit vary considerably. The workshop provides new and experienced design engineers, manufacturing and process engineers, sales and marketing personnel, and composites technologists to update their knowledge with where composites are going and what the materials and processes are that would get them there.
Additive Manufacturing and Recycling Technology have been added because of their importance to composites engineers, technologists and business aspect. Dr. Uday Vaidya of IACMI-The Composites Institute, the Chief Technology Officer will discuss advances in vehicles technologies for lightweighting and reduced embodied energy at IACMI.


The course covers important, up-to-date aspects of the current and projected markets, critical materials used in forming composites, manufacturing methods for both Advanced Composites and FRP Composites, along with numerous examples of applications and some pertinent videos to enhance the learning process. Included references to textiles and fabrics, fiber systems, resin types and “tricks of the trade” used in manufacturing, are offered within this revised and updated workshop. Examples of manufacturing defects associated with various process environments are also included. BTG Composites Inc. developed this course to meet SAMPE’s needs in updating educational technologies associated with composite materials and structures across a wider variety of markets segments. Course syllabus.



Benefits of Attending – “Takeaways for Attendees”

  • Enjoy a tour of Coast Composites Tooling/Ascent Aerospace prior to the Workshop
  • Discover where Out-of-Autoclave (OOA) has been – and where it is heading from a material supplier (Cytec/Solvay Group) in the opening Day 1 Keynote Address
  • Learn where the Composites Market appears to be focusing on for the future
  • Learn about “Advanced Composites” vs. “FRP Composites”
  • Explore market segments that cross numerous boundaries of size, shape, production volume.
  • Understand the lingo that encompasses much of these composites worlds
  • Additive Manufacturing – covered so you will understand benefits and challenges in the composites world
  • Discover where Automotive Lightweighting with Composites and other materials has been – and where it is heading from IACMI-The Composites Institute in the opening Day 2 Keynote Address
  • Hear more about what “automotive market resin systems” is and how “automotive parts are fabricated" using high volume production processes” – e.g. cure cycles in minutes vs. hours
  • Learn where thermosets and thermoplastics are being used and where they are going
  • Prepreg systems and why “out-of-autoclave” (OOA) is of high interest and not just industry hype
  • Learn about numerous manufacturing processes and acquire new ideas for your projects
  • Understand the role that “recycling” plays and hear what is going on in the industry
  • Network with other class attendees and the Instructor across a wide range of topics
  • Discuss your project, process problems or ideas during break times and networking
  • Clarify technology questions that have gone unanswered in the past 

Who Should Attend?

  • Trying to understand the myriad of manufacturing methods? This workshop covers the key processing methods with a link to numerous applications and their materials of construction.
  • Fresh out of school with a new job in composites? This workshop should help you understand many of the facets not covered sufficiently in-depth in academic courses!
  • Working in sales and marketing, or business development? This workshop should help you understand your customers better and speak the language!
  • Working in “materials selection” for new products and markets? This workshop should provide you with a wider data base and understanding of materials!
  • Developing or trying to improve your manufacturing process? This workshop should help you gain knowledge of various processes and methods for trying new ideas!
  • Want to learn what is going on with “Additive Manufacturing? Yes, composites are taking advantage of where AM is headed now and hearing about that technology is important to your future.
  • Teaching courses at various academic levels? With roughly 1000+ PPT slides and lots of composites examples across the technology realm, you would gain a lot of ideas!
  • Do you know what is progressing in the “Recycling World” of composites? A hot topic and getting more so – especially for carbon fiber composites as well of glass fiber materials.
  • Is there an interest in learning about “automotive materials and processing” technology – which just may inspire you to try new things if you work within the “aerospace” industry?
  • Or – might you be interested in what the “aerospace industry” technology base just might provide some in-sight to new ideas to use in the “automotive marketplace”? Or even in the sporting goods or wind energy markets.
  • Just want to review where technology has been and where it is going in composites? This workshop should give you that review and fresh start looking at new areas of growth!

ITAR Restricted Tour - April 25, 2017 (Day Before Workshop - Santa Ana, CA)

As of Monday, April 17 tour registration is now closed. 

Ascent Aerospace is one of the largest providers of design-to-build, build-to-print, and automated tooling solutions for commercial and military aircraft fabrication, sub and final assembly. Ascent’s Coast Composites manufactures metallic and composite tooling systems which are used to produce high performance composite aerospace parts and structures. With more than 20 years of tooling experience, Coast Composites is the market leader in large, complex tooling system and has substantially contributed to virtually every major composites program. On the tour, attendees will observe fabrication and assembly of metallic molds and tools as well as a composite tooling fabrication cell.


Tour registration closes April 17 and all registrants must pass an Ascent Aerospace background check. Tour participants will be notified of approval prior to the tour.


Hotel Information

The SAMPE group rate is guaranteed based on availability until April 11, 2017. A deposit equal to one night's stay is required to hold each reservation. The credit card used to guarantee your reservation will be charged if your reservation is cancelled 72 hours prior to the first date of arrival. The current occupancy tax is 17.195%. A $5.00 Anaheim resort fee will be charged, per night. There is an early departure fee of $50.


Red Lion Hotel Anaheim Resort ($199, plus tax)

1850 S. Harbor Blvd. Anaheim CA 92802

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Group Code:  SAMP0425


Seminar Rates

Without tour

Member: $999 / Non-member: $1099


With tour

Member: $1049 / Non-member: $1149


Student Members:  $450 without tour / $499 with tour


Seminar Hours

Wednesday, April 26 - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday, April 27 - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Tour Hours

Tuesday, April 25 - 2:00 - 4:00 PM (Shuttle will depart from hotel at 1:00 PM)





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