Our time in Atlanta seemed to come and go very quickly, probably because we spent most of that time talking to customers, partners and industry colleagues. We had several meetings booked in advance which usually ensures meaningful conversation, and this year was no exception. In particular, our senior materials engineer and co-founder, Noel Tessier, came back to the show to meet with Dr. Peter Martin of Queens University, Belfast. These two eminent minds have worked on several papers related to plug assists over the years, and it looks like we might have some new findings to publish in the near future. Stay tuned.
The parts competition this year featured some outstanding entries. You can find some excellent summaries of these parts in the plastics industry press here. Anything that helps to promote the thermoforming process at the expense of competiting processes like injection and RIM deserves to be lauded. There were several new faces at the event this year, too, including new sheet suppliers and a larger contingent of foreign exhibitors.
Our primary focus at the conference was HYVAC LCM, our new lightweight composite mold material. We brought several samples and managed to draw quite a crowd. Thanks to a visit from Clare Goldsberry of Plastics Today, we even managed to get a little bit of press out of it , too. Heavy gauge formers were very curious to learn more and to talk in-depth about how LCM might help them improve the quality of prototype and short-run parts. Since the show, we've had several Solidworks files sent to us to begin some new projects. Customer feedback is critical to us at this stage, so let us know if you have something in mind.
If you couldn't make it to the show but still want to learn more about HYVAC LCM, get in touch with us to discuss the details of your application.