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.


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.