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Friday, 13 June 2014

Sponsored by Vintry Fine Wines of New York and by The Hilton Group at UBS 

IYRS School of Technology & Trades kicked off their 2014 Summer Series, Mastering the Craft with approximately 20 guests at Clear Carbon & Components in Bristol, RI on June 6th.  The second annual series returned with a focus on Making with Modern Materials.  According to IYRS President Terry Nathan, “We see modern materials informing design thinking in a broad range of our economy, including wind energy, medical technologies, aerospace, automotive, boats, and now increasingly both residential and commercial construction. Some of this work is extraordinarily technical and very much craft-oriented”  The series provides a unique perspective on the modern face of craftsmanship by engaging master makers, builders, and companies in the local area who work with composite materials. 

The next special access opportunities will be a tour of Hall Composites, also in Bristol, RI, with Ben Hall and Pete Levesque at 3:30 PM on Friday, June 20.  The series continues through July and August:

July 18: IYRS School of Composites Technology (Bristol, RI) with Henry Eliot & Dirk Kramer

August 1: TPI Composites (Warren, RI) with Steve Nolet

All are welcome to the capstone event on Friday, August 15th:  an engaging roundtable discussion for the larger public audience.  The series participants will be joined by special guest Ping Fu, 3D printing entrepreneur, for a conversation moderated by Richard Saul Wurman – American architect and graphic designer who has written over 80 books.  Event sponsor Vintry Fine Wines, one of New York’s most exclusive wine merchants will conduct a wine tasting and offer light fare following the discussion.  Tickets for the roundtable, which cost $25 each, can be purchased in advance.

For more information or to reserve your tour ticket, please contact Loriana De Crescenzo, Director of Philanthropy, at or 401-848-5777 x204.

There is a renewed and growing discussion in America about the importance of craftsmanship in both our culture and economy. As a school whose mission is to teach craft—irrespective of the material—and celebrate its place in our history, IYRS is uniquely qualified to be part of this dialogue. As part of our broadening involvement in the conversation, IYRS initiated the Mastering the Craft series in 2013 with visits to the local studios of six masters, including a stone carver, sculptor, jeweler, photographer, woodworker, and bow-maker. The summer series concluded with an extraordinary roundtable discussion of these artists and craftspeople, moderated by Mr. Wurman last summer.  Video of that event can be found on the IYRS YouTube channel.

Clear Carbon & Components specializes in creating feature components for other manufacturers and wholesale distributors. Clear Carbon and Components staff and shop are equipped to take composite projects through all phases from design through commercial production. Clear Carbon’s engineering department is equipped with SolidWorks design software integrated with Mastercam machining software to create complex patterns and molds directly from 3D digital models. C3‘s crew of fabricators includes expert composite techs with decades of experience.

Hall Composites has been manufacturing the highest technology composite products since 1984. With large manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Holland, and New Zealand, Hall Composites has the expertise, specialized equipment and engineering staff to produce strong, lightweight, quality components. Hall Composites has built the longest, continuous composite tube built in the United States at 221 feet. Hall Composites has provided advanced composite components for everything from America's Cup racing yachts to airplanes to submarines to power generating underwater tidal turbines. 

IYRS School of Composites Technology is sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Demand for lighter, stronger building materials has never been greater. Nor is the demand for people who understand how to work with them.  The Composites Technology program has four cornerstones: Composites Fundamentals, Composites Manufacturing Methods, Composites Tooling Development, and Composites Repair and Refinishing. Students learn skills such as vacuum infusion processing, advanced molding, CAD/CAM operations, robotic CNC plug building, repair practices, and more. During the 6-month program, students prepare to take several ACMA certification exams – the gold standard of composites credentials.

TPI Composites is a global provider of structural composites products for the wind energy, military, and transportation markets. Our advanced composites manufacturing technology allows us to build near aerospace grade parts at industrial prices. Our products excel where high strength, light weight and durability are required. TPI has over five decades of innovation and expertise in manufacturing large-scale composite structures of highest quality at a competitive total delivered cost to our customers.

TPI is a leading manufacturer of wind blades to major turbine manufacturers in the United States, Europe, and Asia. TPI's proprietary processes and manufacturing expertise have also been applied to create first-of-their-kind composite solutions in the military vehicle & transportation markets. 

Richard Saul Wurman is an American architect and graphic designer. Wurman has written and designed over 83 books, and created the EG conference, TEDMED and the WWW suite of gatherings, now in development.

Ping Fu is a Chinese-American entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of 3D software development company Geomagic, and was its chief executive officer until February 2013 when the company was acquired by 3D Systems Inc. As of February 2013; she is the vice president and chief strategy officer at 3D Systems. Fu co-founded Geomagic in 1997 and has been recognized for her achievements with the company through a number of awards, including being named Inc. magazine's 2005 "Entrepreneur of the Year". In 2013, she published her memoir, Bend, Not Break, co-authored with MeiMei Fox.

IYRS School of Technology & Trades is a world-class experiential school with a core education model dedicated to teaching highly technical and deeply craft-oriented career skills. IYRS currently has three accredited schools: School of Boatbuilding & Restoration, School of Marine Systems, and School of Composites Technology. The skills acquired in these programs are transferrable to other industries and applications. With campuses in Newport and Bristol, RI, IYRS offers an extraordinarily attractive location to study.

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