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August 5, 2008 - Scheduled for Sept 29-Oct 1, 2008, Tooling for Composites is designed to bring together aerospace, motorsports, and wind power industries, and will provide knowledge on approaches and materials for fabricating tooling for composites, common pitfalls, and best practices. Event kicks off with pre-conference workshop, Tooling for Advanced Composites: An Overview. Workshop will be followed by 2 days of conference sessions including presentations from practitioners and solution providers.

SME Tooling for Composites Event Takes Form

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1 SME Dr., P.O. Box 930
Dearborn, MI, 48121

Press release date: August 1, 2008

Fall Event Will Mold the Future of Aerospace, Motorsports and Wind Power Manufacturers

DEARBORN, Mich., August 1, 2008 - The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announced today that its event, Tooling for Composites, will be held September 29-October 1, 2008 at Doubletree Hotel in Seattle, Wash. The only event of its kind, it is designed to bring together such industries as aerospace, motorsports and wind power and will provide cutting-edge knowledge on approaches and materials for fabricating tooling for composites, common pitfalls and best practices. "These industries all rely on composites to make their bottom line," said David Dickson, Tooling Technology Manager for the 787 Airplane Program at The Boeing Company and Tooling for Composites Advisory Committee Chairman. "Tooling can be complicated, and at this event, attendees will hear the best practices from industries that use composites in many different ways. Whether it takes hours, weeks, or months, tooling for composites requires expert engineering and a great deal of craftsmanship to prepare a mold that will produce the perfect part."

The three-day event kicks off with a pre-conference workshop, Tooling for Advanced Composites: An Overview, led by Abaris Training Resources, Inc., which is renowned for composite training. This will be followed by two days of conference sessions including presentations from practitioners and solution providers. With the help of keynote speakers Mark Jenks, Vice President of 787 Development, The Boeing Company, and John Janicki, Vice President of Janicki Industries, conference attendees will be given insight into composites. It will address critical issues that will help reduce time and money by providing expert insights on applications, processes and materials.

The conference's content is being made possible by the efforts of an SME advisory committee including representatives from Boeing, Profile Composites, Convergent Manufacturing Technologies, Inc. Abaris Training, Bell Helicopter Textron and Alliant Tech Systems.

For more information about the event, go to

About SME:
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. Through its member programs, publications, expositions and professional development resources, SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and helps keep manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. Headquartered in Michigan, SME influences more than half a million manufacturing practitioners and executives annually. The Society has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of technical communities and chapters worldwide.

Tooling for Composites Advisory Committee:

Dave Dickson - Committee Chairman
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Jay Carpenter
Abaris Training

Michael Cimbalista
Alliant Tech Systems

Paul K. Oldroyd
Bell Helicopter Textron

Anoush Poursartip, PhD, PEng
Convergent Manufacturing Technologies, Inc.

Geoffrey M. Wood, MASc.
Profile Composites

If you have any questions or comments, please contact SME Public Relations by phone (313) 271-1500, e-mail, or Fax: (313) 425-3403
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