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Indy Composite Works’ carbon fiber divot tools went to every golfer playing to support STEM education in the DiSTI Duffer Charity Golf Tournament on October 4.

The tournament, sponsored by DiSTI Corporation of Orlando, provider of graphical user interface software and customized 3D training solutions, was held at The Country Club at Deer Run in Casselberry, Florida.

STEM education programs across the country address the national crisis of decreasing college enrollments for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Golfers, sponsors and contributors like ICW helped to raise funds for the Central Florida STEM Education Council’s efforts to build these skills for K-12 students.

Thanks, Scott Ariotti of DiSTI, for allowing ICW be a part of this effort!

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Indianapolis, Indiana – Indy Composite Works (ICW) collaborated with the doctors and staff of the Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center in Bloomington, Ind., to design and manufacture a customized carbon fiber patient treatment table that has significantly improved the flexibility and precision of proton therapy while increasing patient comfort.

“When we contacted ICW in 2011, we were one of only nine proton therapy centers in the country, and there were few companies developing products for proton therapy needs. The tables available did not meet our needs for the complex case mix of patients that we could treat,” says Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum, a radiation oncologist at the IU Health Proton Therapy Center.

Proton therapy utilizes a concentrated beam of radiation, which spares normal surrounding tissues from exposure, having fewer long-term effects on organs and limiting tumor risks later in life.  There are many challenges specific to craniospinal irradiation (CSI) cases, where patients receive radiation to the brain and spinal cord. Prior to the new table, CSI patients had to lie on their stomachs, which made using anesthesia for children less safe and difficult to protect the vocal cords. In addition, the precision of the therapy makes it critical for patients to remain in the same position for up to one hour, difficult especially for children, which makes up about 30% of the center’s patients.  

“A customized table became critical in providing the absolute best positioning of adults and children during treatment,” continues Dr. Buchsbaum.  

The new treatment table design allow CSI patients to be more comfortable in the supine position (on the back), and anesthesia can be delivered with greater ease, particularly important when dealing with young patients. The staff indicates that the tables have helped increase productivity and improved work flow.

“The new tables have given the IU Health Proton Therapy Center the ability to treat a wide variety of conditions,” states Victor Simoneaux, BS (R), (T), and chief radiation therapist at the center. “We have developed new methods for treating adults and children with tumors of the brain, head and neck, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and extremities. These treatment methods were not possible before ICW created our patient table, which is a fundamental part of what we do every day, impacting about 50% of our patients.” 

Indy Composite Works business comprises much more than the average composite work performed out in the market. “Our professionals design and manufacture precisely engineered composites that meet very specific needs, such as the patient table,” says Greg Strydesky, vice president of ICW. “Many clients come to us because the products available in the market do not meet their specific needs or do not perform in the way required. Through close work with the client and innovation, ICW delivers the needed product.”

“Our collaboration with ICW was a fantastic experience,” states Dr. Buchsbaum. “ICW made several trips to the center to discuss the table with our team and to learn about our treatment. We also visited their shop to meet with their engineering team. Every step of the way, we had discussions and reviews about the measurement of table flexion, safety issues, and proton beam design needs. ICW took on this project with passion, and showed real concern because it was going to be used to help our cancer patients, particularly the children.”

“ICW took our ideas and needs and worked with us with CAD drawings and several prototypes. We knew what we wanted, and the ICW team knew what could be manufactured to create a solution. It was truly a collaborative effort to come up with a design that was functional, innovative, and producible. In the end, they surpassed our expectations,” concluded Buchsbaum.



Light-Weight Carbon Fiber Police Riot Shields are High-Tech Engineered Solution INDIANAPOLIS–March 27, 2014–Indy Composite Works, an innovative supplier of highly engineered, ruggedized, light weight composite structures and tooling systems, announces its design and manufacturing of high-tech engineered carbon fiber riot shields. ICW’s light-weight, rugged
carbon fiber shield, is an ideal solution for law-enforcement equipment manufacturers as an essential high-tech solution to crowd control and mass notification systems.

Providing unparalleled composite construction and craftsmanship, ICW engineers assisted in the design and mass manufacture of this light-weight structure for a very specific client application.
“ICW recognizes that our law enforcement professionals put themselves in harm’s way every day,” said David New, ICW’s Vice President. “We are very excited about the exceptional growth that has resulted from creating safety and other solutions for the law enforcement and military markets.”

“Our customers in these markets are looking for ways to reduce the weight of equipment, in particular those used for protection and safety, while increasing material performance. Through lightweight
designs, exceptional product quality, and ICW’s unique ability to mass manufacture in short timelines, our customers are able to apply highly advanced structures to their technology platforms,
thus adding unparalleled value to their assembled products.”

About Indy Composite Works

Indy Composite Works (ICW) was forged in 2005 on the foundation of producing top quality composite parts for the Indy Racing League and other racing series. Recognized as one of Indiana’s Companies to Watch, ICW is experiencing growth propelling the company into new divisions, designing and manufacturing composite components for a wide range of industries such as satellite communications, municipal and national defense, amateur and professional sports, medical devices, and other exciting and original applications.

ICW’s expertise expands engineering, pattern design, mold cutting, tool fabrication and the manufacture of both small and large quantities of composite parts, specifically in autoclave-cured and
resin-infusion carbon fiber structures and part production.

ICW is an innovative supplier of highly engineered, ruggedized, light weight composite structures and tooling systems that are deployed worldwide. Over the last decade, ICW has partnered with over 130 large and small manufacturers in the conceptual design, engineering, tooling, prototyping and manufacture of composite structures. 

AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems 2014 is the place to see the most comprehensive collection of unmanned systems for every domain—air, ground and maritime and meet the industry’s top decision makers. With more than 8,000 attendees and 550+ exhibitors from more than 40 countries, AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems is recognized as the leading event for the unmanned systems marketplace. AUVSI brings together renowned thought leaders to add a new dimension to your experience. Register for a full conference pass and gain valuable insights on key issues, trends and advancements.

ICW will be in attendance May 13 through May 15, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Indy Composite Works was named among only forty-three companies from 18 Indiana counties have earned a place in Indiana's fourth annual field of "Companies to Watch."

The accolade, presented by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, its Small Business Development Center network, Purdue University and the Edward Lowe Foundation, recognizes the state's privately held businesses that employ six to 150 full-time employees and have between $750,000 to $100 million in annual revenue or capital.

"These 'Companies to Watch' are among the firms fostering Indiana's economic growth," said Mitch Roob, Secretary of Commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. "This group deserves our congratulations and our thanks for helping to make Indiana a great state for business."

The 43 "Companies to Watch," which were named after evaluating more than 300 nominations for the awards, represent industries ranging from custom sign design to medication consulting services and snorkeling equipment manufacturing to fire and storm restoration services.

The chosen companies project to have combined revenues in excess of $600 million and create more than 550 new jobs this year. The revenue projections represent an increase of more than $100 million or 33 percent from 2010.

With major sponsorship from Barnes and Thornburg, LLP, the "Companies to Watch" awards program is an initiative developed by the Cassopolis, Mich.-based Edward Lowe Foundation. The foundation licenses similar programs in Michigan, Colorado, Florida, Wisconsin and North Carolina. The program is also sponsored in part by Premier Capital Corporation, Katz Sapper & Miller and KeyBank.

The 43 "Companies to Watch" will be honored at an Aug. 25 ceremony at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. 


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