The redesigned site has a new look, and has sections focusing on four main areas. The Find an Extruder section offers a simple search and options for advanced searching. Directories are organized alphabetically and geographically for extruders, suppliers and producers. Searches produce contact information and various plant capabilities data such as forms produced and circle size, plus finishing, fabrication and special services, essentially an online version of the annual AEC Buyers' Guide. The Technical Information Section has facts on material comparison, alloys, the extrusion process, tolerances, finishes, and other information. The Extrusion Applications section provides the council's online newsmagazine, Aluminum Extrusion Showcase. The Extrusion Basics section has an overview of aluminum, plus academic resources with basic knowledge of the aluminum extrusion process.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.