The Sept. 15-17 International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville will feature interactive areas, including a 3-D digital workshop, Future Materials, the Connected Boat, IBEX Fleet, the MakerMobile Trailer and Innovation Way.
"IBEX is the premier showcase for emerging trends and advancements in technology, and this year we are partnering with outside groups to offer dynamic new exhibits to showcase a variety of innovations across the manufacturing spectrum that might impact boats of the future," IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement. "One of the highlighted areas is the Future Materials Display, a new hands-on exhibit at the center of the Composites Pavilion, curated by editors from Professional BoatBuilder and CompositesWorld magazines."
This collection of new materials, processes, and technologies will be gathered from a variety of sources, including the marine, aerospace and automotive industries and applied academic research and development.
The Future Materials display will show new developments, including quasi-isotropic laminates via one reinforcement layer, epoxies that can transition to recyclable thermoplastics and thermoplastic resins that offer the processing and properties of epoxies, nanomaterials for improved performance, biomaterials offering greener composite options, rapid molding and other processing innovations.
It also will feature new materials offering high temperature resistance, electrical conductivity and even self-healing capabilities.
"Our intention is for IBEX attendees to see and have access to unusual composite materials that are being used in other industries and are now being made available to boatbuilders," CompositesWorld magazine senior editor Ginger Gardiner said. "We are looking to create an imagination zone where people in boatbuilding can envision what might be possible 10 to 20 years from now, as well as learn about what is available today. We are looking to offer both near-term solutions and stimulus for boatbuilders' innovations of tomorrow."