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Composites Weekly

Composites Weekly is an online podcast published each week by industry expert Jonathan Taylor. Jonathan has served as consultant in the composites industry for over 12 years. He brings you the latest news and information in the world of composites and provides interviews of leading manufacturers and distributors in the industry.
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Dec 6, 2018

This week I welcome Joshua Martin, CEO of Fortify on the showto discuss his company and some of the work they are doing in the world of Digital Composite Manufacturing. 

Fortify is a company that was founded on research by Randall Erb and Joshua Martin at Northeastern University. Their goal was to enable quick and seamless fabrication of composites with optimized microstructures.

Through their research, they invented magnetic 3D printing, or Fluxprint. They established Fortify to bring optimized composites to engineers across the globe.

Today, Digital Composite Manufacturing (DCM) has found success in tooling, aerospace, and automotive applications. Now, Fortify is a leader in optimized composites. DCM has transformed the DNA of materials, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in engineering.

Fluxprint is a patented magnetic 3D printing process that creates optimized composites. It combines magnetics and digital light processing (DLP) 3D printing to produce composite parts with ideal mechanical properties. As a part is additively manufactured, fibers are magnetically aligned voxel by voxel to optimize the microstructure. High-performance components are created significantly faster and at a fraction of the cost compared to traditional manufacturing.

You can find out more about Fortify by visiting them at https://3dfortify.com

Nov 14, 2018

This week, we welcome of Lee Clark-Sellers of Ply Gem on the show. Ply Gem is a leader in exterior building products across North America. We'll be discussing some of their roofing products that use recycled composite materials.

Oct 5, 2018

This week, I welcome Dr. Karl Englund of Global Composite Solutions. GFS is a composite fiberglass/carbon fiber recycling and green manufacturing firm that specializes in recycling thermoset composite fiberglass waste and using this material to manufacture new products.

Sep 17, 2018

This week we welcome Dr. Matthew Dunbar on the show to discuss shape shifting composites. Shape-shifting materials are not new, but their use has been limited. On this episode we'll be talking about these fascinating materials & some some of the determining factors or environmental triggers that lead them to change shape. We'll also be discussing how these materials are being used by 3D printers to create structures that can alter shape at particular times. 

Dr. Matthew Dunbar has been a member of the scientific analysis team at Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) for more than 18 years, with a focus on polymeric substances and applications.  In this role he is one of hundreds of scientists building the CAS content collection by extracting and connecting key details from globally published scientific literature and enhancing discoverability of this information to support innovation. Dr. Dunbar earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University of California at Davis, and a PhD in Polymer Science from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

 

 
Aug 22, 2018

This week I welcome Tony Lancione on the show to discuss the growing carbon fiber market and get his perspective working with a number of OEMs in the composites industry. 

Industry Star is an on-demand supply chain technology company that works with many companies to bring innovative and disruptive products to market that will have a positive impact on the world.

Aug 1, 2018

This week, I welcome Andrew de Geofroy, Vice President of Application Engineering at MarkForged on the show to discuss their 3D printing technology. 

Jul 17, 2018

On this week's episode, we’re going to be discussing 3D printing as it related to the area of Robotics. 

Jared Go, Co-founder of the Robot development company Ohminlabs joins me today on the show. 

OhmniLabs isn’t interested in replacing human interaction, however – they want to use robotics to better facilitate it. 

When the company was  founded back in 2015, their main goal was to reinvent the traditional robotics development process. 

The co-founders, Jared Go, Tingxi Tan and serial entrepreneur Thuc Vu, are robotics experts from Carnegie Mellon and Stanford who believe that personal consumer robots can make a positive impact on people’s everyday lives. 

They have extensive experience in AI, machine learning, multi-agent systems, industrial design, mechanical & electrical engineering and cloud infrastructure. You can find out more about their company by visiting https://ohmnilabs.com/.

Jared is an Avid maker and roboticist & previous CTO and founding member at networks startup.  He has extensive experience in software, AI, real-time graphics, VR, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. 

Jul 12, 2018

This week, we welcome Kevin Williams, a trade law attorney, on the show to discuss tariffs and how they could affect us composites manufacturers. 

Kevin practices Customs and International Trade Law focusing on all aspects of the import and export process. Kevin also advises clients on export licensing and develops comprehensive import and export compliance programs. 

Jun 21, 2018

This week, Avi Reichental joins me on the show to discuss how 3D printing will impact the world of manufacturing and what it means for local creators and entrepreneurs. 

Avi Reichental is one of the world’s leading authorities on exponential tech convergence.

In 2014, he was named by Popular Mechanics as one of the top 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream, and was listed by Fortune magazine in 2013 as a top 50 business leader. His acclaimed TED talk about the future of 3D printing has garnered more than 2.5 million views.

As the former president, CEO and director of 3D Systems for 12 years, Reichental built the company into a formidable global 3D printing leader.

Avi is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of XponentialWorks, an advisory and product development company and the General Partner of OurCrowd’s Cognitiv Ventures fund. 

Avi holds several corporate leadership roles including chairman of Nano Dimension, vice-chairman of Techniplas, chairman and co-founder of Nexa3D, Vice Chairman ofDWS, chairman and co-founder of NXT Factory, and chairman and co-founder of Centaur.  Reichental also sat on the board of Harman until its sale to Samsung.

Reichental actively contributes his knowledge and insights as a contributor to ForbesMoney Inc and TechCrunch.

He is a core faculty member at Singularity University, a member of the XPRIZE board, and a trustee of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Museum.

 
May 14, 2018

This week, I welcome Michael Tate and Matt Villarreal on the show to discuss their company Infinite Composites Technologies (ICT).

ICT is a company that designs, develops, and manufactures advanced gas storage systems for aerospace, industrial gas and transportation applications. The Company was founded in 2010 to revolutionize the way pressurized gases are stored.

Infinite Composites develops products for such as launch vehicle pressurant tanks, satellite propellant tanks, or oxygen breathing tanks, among other products. The company has also provided products for industrial gas use, and for compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling.

May 1, 2018

This week we welcome Dr. Peter Highlander on the show to discuss how 3D printing is changing the world of orthopedics. 

Dr Highlander, DPM is a Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Surgeon in Sandusky, OH and has been practicing for 7 years. On this episode he'll be discussing how 3D technology is revolutionizing the medical field by creating prosthetic limbs for amputees, new faces for trauma victims, and practice models for orthopedic implant surgeons. 

For more information about the process of 3D printing orthopaedic implants, visit https://www.3dorthosociety.org.

For more information or questions for Dr. Highlander, visit his Facebook page at m.facebook.com/DrHighlander.
Apr 23, 2018

This week, I welcome Michael Mo CEO of Kulr, a company using carbon fiber technology to make electronics safer, cooler and lighter. 

KULR Technology Corporation owns proprietary carbon fiber based thermal management solutions that are generally more effective at storing, conducting, and dissipating waste heat generated by an electronic system’s internal components.

Their proprietary carbon fiber-based architecture replaces less efficient aluminum and copper based heat spreaders and exchangers, which are energy intensive and less environmentally friendly to produce.

Carbon fibers have small diameters approximately 5 to 10um, yet they are strong and stiff compared to other conductive materials such as metal. Carbon fiber also has good thermal conductivity, even several times higher than copper when it is suitably processed for thermal performance.

On this episode, Michael will be discussing his company's history as well as the different technologies and applications it is being used for. These applications range from protecting batteries in electric cars to helping NASA prevent catastrophic fires in vehicles or space suits. You can learn more about Kulr, by visiting http://www.kulrtechnology.com

Apr 9, 2018

This week, I welcome Douglas Griffin on the show. Doug is the co-founder and president of Modern Recovery Systems. He's also responsible with designing and manufacturing custom machinery for processing difficult to recycle materials. 

Their focus is on the extraction of carbon fibers from finished composites, including laminates, trimmings, tooling, R&D and end-of-life components. These recovered carbon fibers are made available in milled or random chopped form.

On this week's episode, Doug and I will be discussing his company's background as well as their unique approach to recovering carbon fiber. We'll be discussing their services and also the newest facility set to startup in 2019.

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Mar 12, 2018

This week on the show, we welcome Anoosheh Oskouian, CEO of Ship and Shore Environmental, Inc. Ship and Shore Environmental is a Long Beach, Calif.-based company specializing in air pollution capture and control systems for industrial applications.  Ship & Shore helps major manufacturers meet Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) abatement challenges by providing customized energy-efficient air pollution abatement systems for various industries, resulting in improved operational efficiency and tailored "green" solutions.   

In September 2017, S&SE launched a "Keeping Up with the EPA Campaign" effort to help companies address concerns and meet regulations, while saving time and energy. 

Anoosheh Oskouian is a chemical engineer who is very active in the U.S. pollution control industry.  

On this episode, we'll be discussing the current administrations environmental policies and what it means for manufacturers today. We'll also be discussing Ship & Shore Environmental's recent projects for helping manufacturers meet air quality requirements. 

Jan 2, 2018

On today's episode, we discuss Elium®, the first liquid thermoplastic resin designed for manufacturing composite parts with mechanical properties similar to thermosetting. 

Our guests on the show are Dana Swan and Stan Howard from Arkema. Arkema is a specialty chemicals and advanced materials company headquartered in Colombes, near ParisFrance. Their US headquarters is located in King of Prussia, PA. 

On this episode, we'll be discussing the major advantages of Elium® which include it's ability to act like a thermoplastic. This means it is uniquely designed for thermoforming, recycling and welding.

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