However, the general session will not be your only chance to hear about composites innovation. CAMX 2016’s featured sessions also will run the gamut of relevant hot button topics in the industry, including aerospace, recycling, 3-D printing, material advances, automotive trends, design and simulation, wind energy industry growth and workforce development.

According to David Fullwood, a mechanical engineering professor at Brigham Young University who serves on the CAMX Joint Programming Committee, 2016 will offer a wide array of education sessions to choose from. “We are hosting an unprecedented number of panels and featured sessions this year to give the attendees a highly interactive environment for connecting with the latest and greatest advances in technology,” says Fullwood. Specifically, CAMX will offer more than 250 conference sessions covering more than 100 topics spanning the entire composites and advanced materials industry.

Exhibit Hall and Awards

According to Steve Rodgers, a consultant at ZyynTek Sensors, CAMX has grown because ACMA and SAMPE have fully developed every aspect of the show, as opposed to zeroing in on one element. “Many of the world-class events in our industry concentrate on either the conference or the exhibition,” says Rodgers. “CAMX does both and does them both very well. There is so much good content that it is like a three-ring circus.”

This year, the exhibit hall will feature about 550 exhibitors, including booths displaying some of the latest composites innovation. At booth B106, the Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) will showcase outstanding developments in design, manufacturing and market growth. This year’s finalists feature developments in pultrusion, 3-D printing, architectural and automotive composites, thermoplastics and out of autoclave (OoA) technology, among others. At booth M98, the CAMX Award recognizes two cutting-edge innovations that will significantly impact composites and advanced materials. (For a full list of winners, go to thecamx.org/awards-competitions.)

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A CAMX 2015 attendee checks out SeaHEX – a carbon fiber-body, waterproof, floating drone capable of capturing HD video in a variety of environments.

CAMX also will feature the largest closed mold and advanced process live demonstration at an industry trade show. If you want to see composites in action, these demonstrations will give you a first-hand look at processes used in market segments like marine, transportation, aerospace, consumer goods, recreation, corrosion, infrastructure and architecture.

Once the exhibit hall closes on Thursday, September 29, make sure to attend the CAMX closing luncheon, featuring a panel of student speakers sharing ideas on how composites and advanced materials can continue to change the world. It’s also a great chance to do some networking before you head home.