Nearly 8,000 attendees flocked to this year’s CAMX – The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo and were excited and inspired by the growth and bright future of the industry.

The event reached new attendance milestones and offered a diverse conference program and exhibit hall. Industry professionals were motivated by the new CAMX Live! format during the opening General Session, where the audience heard 15-minute talks from visionaries Daniel Preston, CEO of Luminati Aerospace; Gregory Haye, general manager of Local Motors; and Greg Lynn, Prof. Arch. UCLA, CCO Piaggio Fast Forward & Greg Lynn FORM. They provided examples on how composites and advanced materials can be used in untraditional ways to make a positive impact on the world.

Some examples the panel highlighted included super lightweight and unmanned planes that deliver internet to areas without infrastructure, open source manufacturing technologies that produce 3-D printed vehicles and new ways to create housing materials that reduce shipping costs and environmental impact. The talks inspired the audience to think of using composite materials in new ways.

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CAMX 2016 concluded with a panel of students who touched on material sustainability, the growth of the industry and how employers can engage young professionals.Photo credit: Chuck Janda, Oscar & Associates

The exhibit hall provided another opportunity for the industry to showcase the full potential of composites. For three days, thousands explored the show floor with innovations impacting a wide range of markets, including automotive, marine, sports & recreation, transportation, aerospace, infrastructure and more. Recycling technologies, advances in 3-D printing, as well as innovative developments in aerospace, automotive and sports equipment were all on display.