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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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Now displaying: August, 2020
Aug 29, 2020

On this episode, we’ll address the topic of the ever-increasing manufacturing skills gap in the US and what is being done to engage and inspire more young Americans of all backgrounds to build great careers in the manufacturing trades. 

This is a two-part episode, featuring interviews with two guests. 

My first guest is Sarah Boisvert. She is the author of The New Collar Workforce: An Insider’s Guide to Making Impactful Changes to Manufacturing and Training. It’s a culmination of research with 200 manufacturers in the US on the skills needed mostly for operators and technicians on the factory floor.  

My 2nd guest is Chris Brenchley, the co-founder, and CEO of SurehandSurehand is a self-service hiring platform that instantly matches industrial employers with skilled tradespeople.

Workers can create their free Surehand profile here: https://surehand.com

Employers can learn more and create their Surehand Recruiter preview account here: https://surehand.com/employers

Aug 17, 2020

This week, I welcome Eugene Giller, and Alex Orphanos of RIZE on the show to discuss their newest RIZIUM™ Glass Fiber Material, a composite 3D printing material with the high-dimensional stability and high stiffness for the strength required for printing large parts.

RIZE Inc. is a next-generation additive manufacturing company helping customers drive sustainable and inclusive innovation. Prestigious organizations such as NASA, PSMI, Wichita State University, and the US Army use RIZE solutions to support their additive manufacturing needs.

RIZIUM Glass Fiber is the only composite 3D printing material suitable for full-color parts, and the stability to support parts with complex geometries that often can warp. It also doesn't expose the user to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carcinogens that are often emitted by more typical ABS and PLA materials.

RIZIUM GF is recyclable, requires minimal to no post-processing to remove support structures, 

It is UL GREENGUARD certified, and safe to be used at home by those teams that are not fully back in a factory setting due to the pandemic. This new material expands the portfolio of the RIZIUM Alliance, where other 3D printing industry partners can implement safer, sustainable, recyclable 3D printing on a variety of platforms, such as the RIZE 2XC.

You can learn more by visiting https://www.rize3d.com/materials/rizium-gf

Aug 3, 2020

This week, I welcome Bob Yancey of Hexcel on the show. Hexcel is a leading producer of carbon fiber reinforcements and resin systems and the world leader in honeycomb manufacturing for the commercial aerospace industry. 

Bob is the business development director for Hexcel and his work includes developing new and emerging business opportunities for advanced composites & new manufacturing technologies like powder bed fusion with reinforcement, automated fiber placement, and automated tape laying. 

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