Roaming among the many almost 500 cubicles on the CAMX 2022 Exhibit Corridor and chatting with attendees from around the globe underscored the breadth of the composites and superior supplies trade.
“CAMX 2022 was a vibrant occasion the place you possibly can witness good individuals collaborating to speed up innovation in superior manufacturing of plane, automobiles and leisure gear,” mentioned Rick Neff, marketing consultant and proprietor of Rick Neff LLC in Cincinnati.
Specialists shared perception on materials developments, design and evaluation, manufacturing applied sciences, market purposes and extra. However irrespective of the area of interest, three overarching themes stood out at CAMX 2022 – innovation, collaboration and sustainability.
Innovation – “We wish to encourage the trade to continue to grow and innovating, to maintain researching, studying, creating and making and to maintain supporting the innovators who dream, dare and do,” mentioned ACMA President and CEO Cindy L. Squires, Esq., on the CAMX Common Session. “No matter half you play in that innovation puzzle, stick with it.”
Additive manufacturing is one space of innovation that grabbed the eye of attendees within the exhibit corridor and academic periods. Dozens of exhibitors showcased 3D printing options starting from gear to thermoplastic supplies. Crowds gathered round corporations providing demonstrations corresponding to Thermwood, which printed tooling on its LSAM Additive Printer 510 at its sales space.
Andrew Bader, co-founded of Additive Engineering Options (AES), led an academic session on massive format additive manufacturing for end-use purposes. He shared case research on fairing manufacturing for autonomous underwater autos and cockpit frames for navy flight simulators.
The unique simulator meeting had roughly 3,000 components and a lead time of a number of months. Engineers at AES redesigned the cockpit body, lowering the variety of components to 300 and the lead time to 6 to eight weeks.
“There are many components individuals print and don’t optimize. They take an element already machined and print it,” mentioned Bader. “If you get the flexibility to design from the bottom up, you are able to do a complete lot extra.”