IBEX 365 Education

Manufacturing and Environmental Issues that Contribute to Gelcoat Cracking. Presented by Bob Lacovara

This seminar was presented at IBEX 2021 as part of the Education Conference Seminar Series. The 90 minute, full seminar is now available in recorded format for $65/person.

A lot can happen in between a gelcoat supplier and a surveyor identifying cracks in a boat. This seminar examines manufacturing and environmental issues that contribute to gelcoat cracking. A “systems” approach will highlight the handling and application of gelcoat, along with shop conditions that produce to successful gelcoat quality.

Price: $65/ per person
(password protected access, unique email required per purchase)


Bob Lacovara
Speaker: Bob Lacovara
Lead Faculty of the Composites Program at IYRS

Bob Lacovara founded Convergent Composites to provide expert services for the composites industry. He is the former Director of Technical Services for the American Composites Manufacturers Association, having served the organization’s member companies for 20-years. Lacovara was inducted into the Composites Hall of Fame in 2010 for contributions that “have forever left a mark on the composites industry.” He has held positions as General Manager of a corporation producing aircraft and transportation components; and as Operations Manager for a major marine manufacturer. He is a graduate of Rowan University. Lacovara is the originator and developer of the ACMA Certified Composites Technician (CCT) program. Over 3,000 participants have earned industry credentials through this widely acknowledged professional development program. In addition, he has served as editor of the Composites Research Journal. As an industry educator he has developed numerous training programs and delivered hundreds of presentations at industry conferences and meetings. In the course of this work he has had the opportunity consult with a many composites manufacturers in the U.S. and abroad. As a well-known author and professional lecturer, he has been in the composites industry for over 50-years, and maintains a diverse array of activities across the industry. Having recently served as interim Director of Education at the IYRS School of Technology in Newport, Rhode Island, Lacovara is currently lead faculty of the Composites Technology Program.

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