Just off the LIE where Nassau and Suffolk meet sits the Composite Prototyping Center (CPC), a state-of-the-art, innovative entryway into Long Island’s future. Unassuming from the outside, tucked into an industrial area on Express Street in Plainview, the visionary CPC uses cutting-edge composite technology that enables businesses to design and build virtually anything they can dream up. How can HIA-LI’s members, particularly those in the robust manufacturing industry, benefit from this hidden jewel? HIA-LI Board Chairman Joe Campolo, President and CEO Terri Alessi-Miceli, and board member Dr. Ann-Marie Scheidt recently toured this visionary facility and met with some of its leaders and board members to find out.

The nonprofit facility offers organizations and manufacturers the ability to design, prototype, test, and train all under one roof. Its equipment includes a 3D printer, automated fiber placement robot, and more, giving businesses the opportunity to draft a design, create a prototype, and validate that the product meets any design or required specifications. CPC also offers training programs to introduce college and high school students to the world of composite manufacturing and STEM with hands-on training, as well as certification programs for professionals. The 25,500 square foot facility is spread out on two floors and boasts a 20,000 square foot main manufacturing area.

Stay tuned for details of a Manufacturing Committee meeting hosted at this unique venue, as well as special opportunities for HIA-LI members, particularly those located in the Long Island Innovation Park at Hauppauge, to take advantage of all the CPC has to offer. In the meantime, check out these photos of HIA-LI’s recent tour!

According to a November 2018 Newsday article, Unique Electric Solutions, a tenant of CPC, is using advanced materials to convert United Parcel Service delivery trucks to electric and hydrogen power. The battery-powered trucks will have a range of about 50 miles, while the fuel-cell versions will go about 150 miles. Read more: https://www.newsday.com/business/technology/business-ups-composite-prototyping-center-1.23418046