Tuesday, March 13, 2012
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Introduction to Composite Materials for Manufacturing
Manufacturing processes and materials must be selected and used appropriately, but also must be chosen to work well with one another. This workshop explores the types, properties, and forms of composite materials available, with an emphasis upon manufacturing. Attendees with little composites experience, and those desiring more understanding, will benefit. Audience interaction is encouraged. Topics include how composites offer such outstanding properties; available fibers and resins, their forms, and their use in manufacturing; composite materials for specific applications; and an overview of composite materials economics.
- Overview including advantages and disadvantages of composites
- Introduction to and comparison of available composites fibers and resins for manufacturing
- The relationship between composite materials and their end uses
* Dr. Linda L. Clements
Chief Executive Officer
Nevada Composites, Inc.
Additional fee applies: $155 to SME/Abaris Members; $210 to Non-members
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tooling Technologies: 2012
This workshop explores a variety of tooling materials, fabrication processes, and newer design methods for producing quality molds, mandrels, and fixtures used to manufacture composite structures. The presentation includes a brief history of tooling, as well as the evolution of materials and tool design over the past 30 years. In addition, we will closely examine new technologies that have emerged in the past decade and are most relevant today. This workshop is designed to be audience-interactive, allowing attendees to ask questions and discuss ideas during the presentation.
- Overview of tooling used in production
- Automated manufacturing/tooling
- Tools used for tool fabrication
- Tooling materials/properties
- Current trends in tooling for composites
* Lou Dorworth
Abaris Direct Services
Additional fee applies: $155 SME/Abaris Member; $210 Nonmember
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Local Motors/ArmorWorks Combined Tour
Local Motors is a new American car company setting an exciting and sustainable course to design, manufacture, and sell cars for niche markets. Local Motors co-creates new purposeful vehicles and components with its community of 14,000 designers, engineers and enthusiasts using open source principals. Anyone can join the Local Motors community at www.local-motors.com to assist in designing and engineering of new, innovative, vehicles, and anyone can help choose which vehicles are produced and available for purchase. Local Motors shares all vehicle data to allow easier modification, home builds or creation of new components to fit existing vehicles. Local Motors does not sell kits. Customers get to build their co-created vehicle at the Local-Motors Micro Factory with professional assistance.
The build is completed during 2, 3-day build weekends. Local Motors has been recognized for its groundbreaking approach to automotive development, appearing in articles in Popular Science, Wired and Popular Mechanics and was featured on the Discovery Channel.
Since 1996, ArmorWorks and its subsidiaries have been leaders in design and manufacturing of survivability products. ArmorWorks produces advanced armor systems for ground vehicles, fixed and rotor wing aircraft, personnel, as well as maritime systems. Using advanced materials and processes, ArmorWorks products deliver weight savings and high-tech protection that have been combat proven.
ShockRide, an ArmorWorks subsidiary, is the leading producer of Mine Blast attenuating seating systems for US and NATO military ground vehicles. ShockRide has produced and fielded in excess of 75,000 seats using the ShockRide Energy Attenuating system. ShockRide supplies seats for the US Army Stryker, RG-31/31 MRAP, Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Cougar, and Dash Ambulance among others.
TechFiber, also an ArmorWorks subsidiary, manufactures advanced unidirectional fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite materials for use in advanced armor systems aerospace applications.
Additional fee applies: $59 to SME/Abaris Members; $69 to Nonmembers
Transportation will be provided from the Phoenix Marriott Mesa Conference Center. Capacity is limited due to facility size. Proof of U.S. citizenship required.
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Attendees will get to view MD Helicopters' (MDHI) manufacturing and delivery center. MDHI has five models in production to include the 369E, 369FF, 500N, 600N and MD900. The last three models utilize the NOTAR anti-torque system replacing the conventional tail rotor. The tour will include warehouse and receiving inspection area, production and build up of the fuselages and initial flight test and completion center where the helicopters are customized to the customer's specification. Attendees will get to meet, engineers, pilots and mechanics plus view some videos of products at work.
MD Helicopters is based in Mesa, Arizona and the current product line includes the MD 500E, MD 530F, MD 520N, MD 600N and the MD Explorer.
With more than 2,500 aircraft currently in use around the world, MD Helicopters is a substantial company by any measure. Fleet users include the Korean Armed Forces, US Special Operations, Japanese Self Defense Forces, Jordanian Armed Forces, Turkish National Police, Houston Police, Columbus Police, CALSTAR, Argentina Armed Forces, the Italian government, the Finnish Armed Forces and many others.
Additional fee applies: $59 to SME/Abaris Members; $69 to Nonmembers.
Transportation will be provided from the Phoenix Marriott Mesa Conference Center. Capacity is limited due to facility size. Proof of U.S. citizenship required. No photography allowed, except next to the static display helicopter (group photo). No motion photography, video cameras, including cell phones are allowed.
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