SAMPE Orange County Meeting Notice
Wed., Feb 17th, 2016 at 6 p.m.
From Art to Machine-Made Part:
The Past, the Present and the Future of
Advanced Composites Manufacturing and Assembly
Clement (Clem) Hiel, Ph.D., FSAMPE
CEO and Chief Design Engineer
Composite Support & Solutions Inc. (CSSI)
Professor in Mechanics of Materials and Constructions, University of Brussels
This presentation will trace the past, the present and the future of advanced composites manufacturing.
In the 1980’s, when the presenter started his career at NASA, fabrication was an art, carried out mostly by hand layup and autoclave molding, in which there was limited engineering involvement.
In recent years, the fabrication and assembly of composite aero- and commercial structures has become industrialized, and the need for automated manufacturing has given rise to the modern machine builders, such as Milacron, M. Torres, MAG, and others. These modern-era companies have taken advantage of breakthroughs in simulation and in computational power. Did you know however that many of the pioneering innovations in automated manufacturing occurred at Goldsworthy Engineering in Torrance, CA?
The presentation will conclude with two illustrative examples of commercial products/ structures which were developed by CSSI, the presenter’s company, and which embody his vision of the future of advanced composite materials fabrication and assembly.
Dr. Hiel is the CEO and Chief Design Engineer at Composite Support & Solutions Inc., (CSSI), a fast growing new products development company in Southern California. Additionally he teaches in the materials engineering department at UCLA and he is a full professor at the University of Brussels. Prior to starting his own company, he worked for NASA in advanced composites materials engineering & design and at Goldsworthy Engineering in the function of Technical Director.
His expertise focuses on “Design for Industrialization of Composites Manufacturing”. Additionally he has a worldwide reputation as a pioneer in structural assembly by means of snap-fit technology.
Professor Hiel has won multiple distinguished awards, such as the 2008 IBA-world innovation award, the Charles Pankow Award for Innovation from ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), the world pultrusion award, and the JEC best pultruded product award, He is also a fellow of both NATO and SAMPE.
He was recently awarded the medal of the “Institute Royal Des Elites du Travail de Belgique,” by King Albert II of Belgium for his innovations as an engineering practitioner and educator
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