The first International Symposium on Automated Composites Manufacturing (ACM1) was held in Montreal in April 2013. The event was a great success for the composite manufacturing community with over 36 oral presentations and participants from 11 countries. The symposium addressed hot topics in the area of advanced composites manufacturing using automated technologies. It brought together both academia and industrial practitioners and aimed to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial applications. Leading from this success, the second International Symposium on Automated Composites Manufacturing (ACM2) was held in Montreal in April 2015. This again was a great success. There were 47 presentations and 150 participants from 13 countries.

At the request of many, and following the trend toward increased use of automated manufacturing of composite structures, the Third Symposium on Automated Composites Manufacturing (ACM2) is being organized to be held in Montreal April 20, 21, 2017.

Objective and topics:

The objective of this ACM3 is to provide a forum for presentation and discussion on the latest development in automated composites. The topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Automated manufacturing of thermoset and thermoplastic composite structures
  • Automated dry fiber placement
  • Automated manufacturing of composite structures with complex shape
  • Fiber steering and variable stiffness composite structures
  • Advances in materials and equipment suited for automation
  • Process development and optimization
  • Mechanical performance of fiber placed composite structures
  • Quality assurance
  • Virtual manufacturing environments

    Preliminary list of keynote speakers:

    A number of specialists with extensive experience in the field will be invited to present lectures
    Dr. Z. Gürdal
    Keynote, Professor
    Director, McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research Ronald E. McNair Endowed Chair Holder
    University of South Carolina, USA

    Presentation title: "Nonconventional Laminates: An Artifact of Automated Composites Manufacturing"
    Mr. Arnt Offringa
    Keynote, Director
    Director R & D, Fokker Technologies BV
    The Netherlands

    Presentation title:"Fiber placement and tape laying through continuous ultrasonic tacking; a robust and low cost alternative"
    Dr. Suresh G. Advani
    Keynote, Director
    George W. Laird Professor and Chair
    Associate Director, Center for Composite Materials
    University of Delaware, USA

    Presentation title:"Role of Sensors and Simulations to Implement Automation in Liquid Molding of Composites"