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Emerging manufacturing techniques – Brisbane, Queensland

Start Date 9 September 2014 Add to my calendar
End Date 9 September 2014
Member $340 each
Non member $460 each
Students $175 each

This intensive one-day course will give participants the knowledge to be able to evaluate the production practicalities and other implications of adopting alternative composites fabrication techniques such as prepregs and UV curing.

Presenters Rowan Paton and Michael Crossthwaite are from Advanced Composite Structures Australia, at the forefront of the development of new and innovative manufacturing techniques for composites.

Using both presentations and practical demonstrations, they hope to build participants’ confidence in the use of prepregs and UV curing.

Course Context

This course is designed to provide relevant, experience-based knowledge about new and emerging technologies in the composites industry. Prepreg layup and cure processing has historically been associated with high-end composites manufacturers such as the aerospace industry. The availability of more affordable products combined with less expensive processing options means that prepreg is becoming more relevant to the composites industry in general. A wide range of prepreg materials processing methods will be discussed, including UV-curing prepregs now available.

Course Outline

Presentations and practical demonstrations will cover:  

  1. Overview of the wonderful variety of composites fabrication  methods
  2. The use of prepregs in composites fabrication including:
  • The different types of prepregs available
  • Prepreg manufacture
  • Reinforcement options
  • Resin matrix options
  • Tooling and Consumables
  • Lay-up techniques, especially for products with difficult shapes
  • Curing (in autoclave and  out-of-autoclave)
  • Quality control
  • Designing for prepreg
  • Purchasing, shipping, storage and handling
  1. UV-curing prepregs and resins
  2. Where to use prepregs or UV curing


Who should attend

Your experienced presenters will explain and practically demonstrate these innovations in a manner which will be of benefit to the following roles

  • Composites fabricators
  • Production managers
  • Process planners
  • Engineers
  • Technicians
  • Educational staff
  • Students

About the Facilitators

Rowan Paton is Program Manager for Materials and Manufacture at Advanced Composite Structures Australia and CRC-ACS. Rowan has more than 30 years of experience with composites, beginning with the construction of three kayaks as an engineering student. He began his formal career as Materials and Process Engineer at Government Aircraft Factories, which included a secondment to Boeing in Seattle. Later he worked with two small start-up aircraft manufacturers, developing composites production methods for an ultralight aircraft and an airship. At CRC-ACS and ACS Australia Rowan is responsible for all manufacturing research projects. As well as working extensively demonstrating the possibilities with cocured prepreg structures, he led development of a number of RTM and other liquid moulding technologies, and development of forming methods for prepreg stacks and dry fibre preforms. These and other CRC-ACS innovations assisted Hawker de Havilland (now Boeing Aerostructures Australia) to secure the key 787 wing trailing edge devices contract which is now the mainstay of its business. Rowan now heads a team developing more efficient  joining methods for composite structures, including the TCW and COFA processes, and previously led CRC‑ACS involvement in the EU 6th Framework Program “MOJO” which won a JEC Innovation prize for joining methods. He is a joint holder of four patents.


Michael Crossthwaite has worked in the composites industry for 25 years. Originally from the UK, he started this part of his career working for British Aerospace as an R&D Technician on the Tornado and EFA projects. Since emigrating to Australia, Michael has worked for ASTA Aircraft Services (ASTAAS) and more recently CRC-ACS and Advanced Composites Structures Australia.

At CRC-ACS and ACS-A, Michael has provided technical support to a variety of customers including Boeing, the Australian Defence Department, Airbus and Bombardier. His role as Senior Research Technician and Workshop Supervisor is complemented by experience in technical training – Michael holds a Bachelor Degree in Training and Education. He has a depth of knowledge and experience with all aspects of prepreg, especially layup and cure, as well as a wide range of experience in wet layup and especially liquid moulding techniques. Michael looks forward to sharing his hands–on experience of prepreg technology with you.


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