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19 CompositesWorld.com Basalt fiber and parts made of basalt materials Mafic USA (Shelby, NC, US; Kells, Ireland) is featuring its basalt fiber and strong, lightweight parts made of basalt materials. The company's basalt materials are used in a variety of industries including automotive, construction, insulative, sporting goods and more. Mafic also is sched- uled to open its US facility in Shelby, North Carolina in late 2018. Booth L54. Hybrid 3-axis additive/subtractive machining centers Diversified Machine Systems (Colorado Springs, CO, US) is featuring its new Hybrid Two 3 line of hybrid 3-axis additive/subtractive machining centers as well as its latest, traditional 3- and 5-axis CNC machine centers. The Hybrid Two 3 additive/subtractive production process is designed to integrate traditional milling in intervals between 3D-printed layers. The machine is said to increase efficiency, save time and use up to 90% less material than predecessor systems. The process operates in an enclosed space using conventional, non- hazardous, readily avail- able materials and can be used for the production of tooling, prototypes, layups, fixtures, arrays and ready-to-use parts for aerospace, automo- tive, marine and other applications. The Hybrid Two 3 features a work envelope that is 2 by 2 by 2 ft. The machines use a dual carriage, which includes an additive deposition head and a 3-axis, 12-HP, 24,000-rpm spindle. Booth S29. Composite tube and pressure vessel optimization software Composite modeling and simulation software specialist MultiMechanics (Omaha, NE, US) is demonstrating its newly released composite tube and pressure vessel optimization tool. The optimizer combines generic algo- rithms and the ability to accurately represent microstructural damage within advanced materials to allow for automatic design of high-performance composite tube structures. By eliminating the need to fabricate and test multiple physical prototypes, the optimizer helps reduce the time and cost associated with the development of composite tubes and pressure vessels. It automatically generates models, eliminating the FEA learning curve and pre-processing time to allow for more efficient engineering analysis. Additionally, the optimizer automatically runs multiple simulations based on design constraints, permitting overnight analyses. Booth M44. Thermoset molding compounds, R&D services IDI Composites International (Noblesville, IN, US) is featuring its custom- ized polyester/vinyl ester-based bulk molding compounds (BMC), sheet molding compounds (SMC) and an advanced line of Structural Thermoset Composites (STC - Ultra Performance Moldable Composites) that are manufactured in both sheet and bulk formats. Company officials also will be available to discuss the IDI 3i Composites Technology Center, which serves as the research and development division of IDI, where the company generates and proves new ideas, approaches and materials to address the engineering and performance challenges of its customers. This division of IDI Composites International has helped develop Fortium high glass fiber composites, with 40-65% discontinuous glass fiber, and Ultrium carbon fiber composites. Booth X4. Custom composite design, development Rock West Composites (West Jordan, UT, US; San Diego, CA, US) is emphasizing its focus on design, development and manufacture of composite products, components and assemblies for custom applications and online sales. Stock manufactured offerings include tubes, plates, raw materials and related accessories. Custom services include full design, engineering, tooling and production. The company's manufacturing capabilities include resin infusion, bladder molding, roll wrapping, filament winding, press cure, closed molding and CNC machining. Rock West Composites serves market segments including aerospace, defense, medical, general industrial and automotive racing. Booth CC27. CAMX 2018

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