Attend SAMPE Wichita Chapter Meeting on O-O-A Fabrication of High Temp Tooling

Tuesday March 24     5:30-7:30 P.M.

National Center for Aviation Training, Room S210, 4004 N. Webb Rd, Wichita, KS

6:00 DINNER   Chicken Teriyaki, Salad, Oven Roasted Vegetables, Wild Rice Pilaf, Rolls

Ben Dietsch, President of NONA Composites, will be present on fabrication of 350°F-capable composite tooling using no-Oven, no-Autoclave composite technology. This presentation will be an overview of the fabrication of an ogive-shaped tool for a NASA application where the infusion and curing process of the tool facesheet was performed quickly, outside an oven with no external heat source, and required no post cure after completion.  Dimensional analysis of the tool indicated a thermally stable tool with a close relationship to the foam master.  The vacuum integrity of the tool was found to be acceptable before and after heat cycling.  An infused epoxy part as well as multiple prepreg parts were successfully cured on the tool. This fabrication effort demonstrates feasibility of NONA composite tooling for very large composite tool and part fabrication.

Ben Dietsch has a 15 year background in composites materials and processing as a researcher and manager at Cornerstone Research Group (CRG), a composites engineer at GE Aviation, and now the President at NONA Composites, a spinoff company of CRG.  Ben has also been involved with SAMPE at the Midwest Chapter level and International level and currently serves as the North American Region Treasurer.

COST: $10 SAMPE Members / $8 Students / $20 Non-members


QUESTIONS? Contact Tracee Friess 316-978-5597 or

Sponsored by the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, Wichita Chapter

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