Engineers attending SAMPE 2004, the composites and advanced materials symposium running from May 16 to 20, can get the inside scoop on the design and materials challenges associated with new fighters. Michael Fortson, director of the Joint Strike Fighter Program at Lockheed Martin, will deliver a keynote address entitled "F-35: 21st Century Fighter Design and Materials Technology." For more information on the symposium, visit www.sampe .org.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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.