SME Recognizes Leaders in Composites Manufacturing at AeroDef 2018 March 27, 2018 by SME Communications Larry Pelham, Impossible Objects, and Bell Helicopter receive industry awards for longtime contributions (LONG BEACH, Calif., March 27, 2018) ― SME, a nonprofit organization that supports the manufacturing industry, along with its Composites Manufacturing Tech Group, recognized an industry leader and prominent composites manufacturing company with its 2018 Composites Manufacturing Awards. Composites combine different materials that work together to form, stronger, lighter or more durable new materials. The materials remain an important component of advanced aerospace manufacturing and have been applied to the automotive industry, appliances and consumer goods of every type. “The composites industry continues to grow through extraordinary research and innovation by people whose work stands the test of time,” said Louis C. “Lou” Dorworth, co-chair of SME’s Composites Manufacturing Tech Group, and manager, Direct Services Division for Abaris Training Resources Inc. “We’re proud to recognize the highest achievers; the true leaders of our industry.” 2018 J.H. “Jud” Hall Composites Manufacturing Award First awarded in 1986, the J.H. “Jud” Hall Composites Manufacturing Award celebrates individuals for their innovation and achievement in composites, particularly solving issues related to production and applications development. Larry Pelham, senior engineer, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and a composites manufacturing leader for over 10 years, is the recipient of the 2018 J.H. “Jud” Hall Composites Manufacturing Award. He was recognized for designing, developing, building and implementing the MSFC development facility to fabricate composite cryotanks and upper-stage structures using automated fiber-placement technology both for in and out of the autoclave applications to be used in next-generation launch systems to outer space. 2018 Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Award (Small and Large Company) Impossible Objects was recognized with the 2018 Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Award (Small Company) for its composite-based additive manufacturing technology, CBAM, which is an entirely new process that is fundamentally different from conventional additive manufacturing technologies. The CBAM process is designed specifically for composites. It produces parts stronger than other additive manufacturing technologies, faster than traditional composite methods and with more design freedom, it has a broader selection of materials, including carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass. Bell Helicopter was recognized with the 2018 Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Award (Large Company) for its distinction in the field of advanced composites manufacturing. Bell’s recent advancements have improved manufacturing efficiency and quality by incorporating advanced manufacturing techniques, more extensive automation, material advancements, additive manufacturing and exploitation of the digital revolution. Honorees received their awards during SME’s AeroDef Manufacturing event on March 27 in Long Beach, California. About AeroDef Manufacturing AeroDef Manufacturing is a leading technical conference and exposition for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry. Produced by SME, in partnership with industry OEMs, its mission is to foster innovation across the extended enterprise to reduce costs, expedite production times and maintain U.S. competitiveness in the global economy. Learn more at aerodefevent.com. About SME SME connects manufacturing professionals, academia and communities, sharing knowledge and resources to build inspired, educated and prosperous manufacturers and enterprises. With more than 85 years of experience and expertise in events, media, membership, training and development, and also through an education foundation, SME is committed to promoting manufacturing technology, developing a skilled workforce and attracting future generations to advance manufacturing. Learn more at sme.org, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or facebook.com/SMEmfg.