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OCTOBER 2018 34 CompositesWorld Composites manufacturing and repair training services Abaris Training Resources Inc. (Reno, NV, US) is featuring its composites manufacturing and repair training services. Abaris recently relocated its Griffin, GA, US, operation to the Composite Prototyping Center's (CPC) 25,000-ft 2 facility on Long Island, NY, US, to enable expansion of the company's curriculum. At CAMX, Abaris' Lou Dorworth is presenting a pre-conference tutorial on Monday, Oct. 15, 1:00-4:00 p.m., titled "Enabling Technologies for Bonding and Joining Composites." He will highlight various composite joining and bonding methods and techniques currently employed in the industry. Many Abaris Training partners and associates will also be located nearby on the exhibit show floor to answer questions about such products as repair equipment, vacuum bagging materials, additive manufacturing, tooling, laser projection, resins, fibers, prepregs, thermoplastics and other associated material and process solutions. Booth R48. Compact waterjet for range of composite materials OMAX Corp. (Kent, WA, US) is highlighting its versatile ProtoMAX waterjet, which can cut through a range of materials including fiberglass, phenolic, fiber laminate, carbon fiber and G10 composite. The machine's compact footprint and versatility is said to make it ideal for prototyping, educational applications or as a complement to a larger machine shop. The waterjet's pump and cutting table are on casters for easy relocation. It has a clamshell cover and submerges the work material underwater for safe, quiet cutting at approximately 76 db. The waterjet delivers 30,000-psi cutting power with a 5-hp pump. It cuts with no-heat-affected zone and no change to material proper- ties. The waterjet plugs into a 240V AC dryer-style outlet and does not require hardwiring. ProtoMAX is controlled by OMAX's Intelli-MAX Proto software. Software comes pre-installed on an included laptop and is said to simplify the conversion of drawings to cutting paths. Booth K30. Mold and tool cleaning with blasted dry ice Dry ice cleaning specialist Cold Jet (Loveland, OH, US) is conducting demonstration of mold and tool cleaning using the company's i³ MicroClean system. Dry ice blasting is a non-abrasive cleaning method that provides a composite tool cleaning solution that is fast, delicate and does not use chemicals or solvents. Dry ice cleaning uses recycled CO 2 in the form of solid dry ice pellets that are accelerated by compressed air through high-velocity nozzles onto the surface being cleaned. Through the combination of the kinetic and thermal effects, the bond between the contaminant and the surface is broken, thus cleaning the substrate. The dry ice pellets sublimate (return to their gaseous state) upon contact and expand 800 times to flush the contaminant from the surface. ColdJet says the i³ MicroClean enables the cleaning of intricate cavities that other methods cannot reach and extends the life of equipment by eliminating the need for chemicals, wire brushes and abrasive pads. It also is said to allow for increased cycles between preventative maintenance, while reducing scrap. Tooling used for, but not limited to, compression molding, resin transfer molding, extrusion, prepregging and wet layup are all suitable applica- tions for dry ice blast cleaning. Booth P60. Prepreg for multimaterial compression molding Norplex-Micarta (Postville, IA, US) is featuring its recently introduced EnableX, a continuous fiber prepreg that can be co-cured in a multima- terial molding system to produce near net shapes. EnableX materials are specifically designed for compression molding and tested by Norplex- Micarta to ensure compat- ibility with the process. In addition, Norplex-Micarta's in-house laboratory and development capabilities allow for new concepts to be prototyped, or datasets to be developed to support specific design criteria. EnableX has been verified on several epoxy and phenolic resin systems, with more in development. Reinforcement options include natural fibers such as cotton or paper, carbon fiber, glass fibers and fibers that significantly alter the behavior of the material such as PTFE or thermoplastics. Booth X4. SHOW PREVIEW

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