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Awards for Composites Excellence

Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE), a prestigious composites industry competition, recognizes outstanding achievement and innovation in technology, manufacturing and product development.

Award Categories

ACMA, host to the long-standing awards program, presents five awards in three categories at the annual CAMX - The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo.

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1. Design Category

The Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) recognizes outstanding design innovations with two awards.

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Large Scale 3D Printing Using 100% Bio-Composite Materials
Oak Ride National Library

Innovation in Green Composites Design Award

This award is presented to the composites product that best exemplifies innovation that lowers/ minimizes the environmental footprint or offers an attractive life cycle assessment (LCA) of the product.


The 2017 Winner is Large Scale 3D Printing Using 100% Bio-Composite Materials, by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.



Most Creative Application Award

This award is presented to the composites product that showcases composites use in a unique, new application or uses composites’ attributes in imaginative, innovative, or artistic ways.


o The 2020 winner is the University of Tennessee for UTK Filament Tower.


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Rapid Manufacture of Ultra-High Quality Composite Mirrors
Aerospace Corporation

2. Manufacturing Category

The Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) recognizes outstanding manufacturing innovations with two awards.

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Comprehensive Composite Manufacturing Platform
Autodesk

Equipment and Tooling Innovation Award

This award is presented to the equipment, tooling, production aid, or software that is designed to improve manufacturing production, environmental sustainability, or product quality and performance in composites manufacturing.


The 2020 winner is the University of Delaware for 3D Printing Continuous Carbon Fiber/Thermoset Composites.


Material and Process Innovation Award

This award is presented for a material or process that best contributes to efficient manufacturing and product sustainability.


The 2020 winner is TRB Lightweight Structures Ltd for Fast Press Cure, A Disruptive High Volume Composite Manufacturing Method.


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CFRTP Processing Technology Using Commingling, Fiber Laying, and Light Molding
Gifu University

3. Market Growth Category

The Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) recognizes outstanding market growth innovations with two awards.

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Lightweight Composite Air Cargo Container
Cargo Composites

Composite Sustainability Award

This award is presented to the composites product that clearly demonstrates an improvement in the environmental impact of the products use.


The 2020 winner is LyondellBasell for Composite Manhole Covers Solve Iron Problems.


Infinite Possibility for Market Growth Award

This award is presented to the composites product that demonstrates the potential to significantly increase the use of composites in existing markets or generate the greatest impact to open new and emerging markets for composites.


The 2020 winner is the IYRS School of Technology for Heavy Lift Aerial Platform (HLAP).


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Ford/Magna Carbon Fiber Subframe
Ashland LLC

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