Composites Today 2-Day Seminar
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Composites Today 2-Day Seminar

10/4/2017 to 10/5/2017
When: October 4-5, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel
21111 Haggerty Road
Novi, Michigan  48375
United States
Contact: Anessa Sanchez-Olguin
+1 (626) 521-9447

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

Tour: October 3, 2017 / Seminar: October 4-5, 2017


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 segmentsThis workshop offers a tour on the afternoon before the Workshop to see Plasan Carbon Composites – an active company on the leading edge of using advanced and traditional composites in automotive applications. 

Day one of the workshop begins with a keynote presentation by Dr. Helen Wang of Arkema, Inc., a leader in Thermoplastic Composites in automotive and aerospace applications, will discuss new advances for automotive applications.

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 to various aspects of business. 

The Day 2 Keynote Speaker, Keith Graham, Carbon Conversions, Inc. a leader in carbon fiber recycling and applications technologies will discuss advances today and various applications.

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. 

View the course syllabus.



Benefits of Attending – “Takeaways for Attendees”

  • Enjoy a tour of Plasan Carbon Composites prior to the Workshop
  • Discover where Thermoplastic Composites for Automotive Applications have been – and where it is heading from a material supplier (Arkema, Inc.) 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:

o   Aerospace, defense and space

o   Automotive and transportation

o   Sports and recreation

o   Energy and alternative energy (wind, tidal, oil & gas, and others)

o   Construction and infrastructure

o   Others often outside your normal field of focus

  • Understand the lingo that encompasses much of these composites worlds
  • Additive Manufacturing – covered so you will understand benefits and challenges in the composites world
  • Luncheon Special Speaker: Dr. Uday Vaidya, Chief Technical Officer, IACMI – The Composites Institute on the topic of “Advances in Vehicles Technologies for Lightweighting and Reduced Embodied Energy”
  • Discover where Carbon Fiber Recycling and Applications are moving forward – and where it is heading from a leader in the field (Carbon Conversions, Inc.) 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!

Special Tour - Plasan Carbon Composites

Registration for the tour is now closed.

Dedicated to automotive carbon fiber, Plasan Carbon Composites is the leading Tier 1 supplier of carbon fiber parts and assemblies in the United States. Tour registration closes September 26 and all registrants must pass a Plasan Carbon Composites background check. Tour participants will be notified of approval prior to the tour.

Hotel Reservations  

The SAMPE group rate is guaranteed based on availability until September 15, 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 13%. Hotel Reservations can be made on-line or by individual call in.

Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel - $159, plus tax
21111 Haggerty Road
Novi, Michigan 48375

Seminar Rates

Without tour

Member: $999

Non-member: $1099

Student Members:  $450 without tour 


With tour

Member: $1049

Non-member: $1149

Student: $499


Cancellations and Refunds

All cancellations must be made in writing. A 15% administrative fee will be applied to all cancellations. There are no refunds after September 15, 2017. SAMPE reserves the right to cancel the program due to lack of enrollment. In that event, SAMPE will refund the registration fees, but not be responsible for any incidental or consequential damages. 

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