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Bill Formella
Technical Applications

Bill Formella is a 25 year veteran in the 3D laminating industry with extensive involvement in every facet including machinery, materials, supplies, as well as training and technical support.  Bill is the Technical Applications specialist for Smartech International and writes the Tech|Tips - 3DL blog, a free service provided by Smartech for the benefit of the entire 3D Lamination industry. Bill is also the owner and moderator of the LinkedIn group Membrane Pressing & 3D Laminating Design. Follow him via twitter @formellacsi and @smartechint.

Avoiding wrinkles & stretch marks in 3D laminating

Since the very beginning of my involvement in 3D lamination, I’ve been aware of the problems associated with producing very long parts (4-foot-plus) in a membrane press.  One of my earliest experiences providing technical support involved a part that was 4 feet wide and nearly 8 feet in length. “I can’t even get one-third of the parts to come out acceptably,” said this frustrated producer.

AWFS & 3D Laminating

The CPA's 3DL Task Force will work to promote industry best practices in the manufacture, marketing and specifying of 3D laminate components.

3D Laminating: The Next Level

This week I will be meeting with other industry professionals as part of the 3DL Task Force of the Composite Panel Association, to look at the issues of standards and education for 3D laminating.