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Hatched: An Inventors and Entrepreneurs Meetup

October 6, 2022: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, October 6th at 6:30p EST
HATCHED, The Capital District Inventors and Entrepreneurs Meetup
Playing a Long Game: High Value Materials Manufacturing at Free Form Fibers

Free Form Fibers path to its present commercialization efforts involved important support from the local Capital District community as well as various state and federal agencies through programs to assist small business in their development. CEO Shay Harrison will discuss the history of the company, its technical progress to date, and the present and future impact of high-performance materials in technology fields such as land- and air-based power generation and hypersonic vehicles. 

About Free Form Fibers

Free Form Fibers (FFF) is a start-up manufacturing company located in Saratoga Springs, NY that is commercializing laser-driven chemical vapor deposition (LVCD) technology to produce high performance materials such as fibers, powders, and composite structures for challenging, high value-add applications. LCVD technology developed out of early additive manufacturing work from the 1990’s and has progressed as advancements in laser technology and precision control software have been made. The drive to scale up production capacity is rooted in the need for advanced materials solutions in fibers for composites, particularly ceramic matrix composites, and high purity powders for next generation semiconductors. 

About Shay Harrison

Shay Harrison assumed the role of CEO of Free Form Fibers in the fall of 2020 after serving eight years as their senior materials scientist. He has worked in industrial development and production of advanced materials for nearly 25 years, leading or co-authoring approximately a dozen U.S. and international patents.  Dr. Harrison has a B.S. in materials science and engineering from Rice University and a Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Connecticut, with a dissertation thesis on laser-driven chemical vapor deposition (LCVD) of silicon carbide. Along with several of his colleagues at Free Form Fibers, Dr. Harrison is one of world’s leading experts in the field of LCVD. 

HYBRID EVENT! Joins us at the CoG, or via Zoom. Register at the link below.  



Have a Product or Project Idea? Hatch it at the Center of Gravity.

Join us the first Thursday of each month to connect with other creative souls, product developers, inventors, patent attorneys and more who are interested in entrepreneurship, intellectual property, and bringing ideas to life. Our goal is to help inventors and entrepreneurs navigate the business world.

SHARING NIGHTS: Share your project’s current status, get and give feedback, explore next steps, connect with potential team members.

SPEAKER NIGHTS: Once a quarter we’ll host a speaker who will share their experiences and lessons learned from their entrepreneurial journey, followed by Q&A and discussion.

We’ll also share other events that may be of interest to this community.

This meetup is organized by The Tech Valley Center of Gravity. We are a makerspace, prototyping center, manufacturing incubator, STEAM-education center and creative community located in the heart of downtown Troy, New York. A member-supported 501(c)(3) community resource organization, the Center of Gravity serves members from Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties and beyond with space, tools, technology and expertise to explore and exercise their creativity, turn ideas into objects of art and/or utility, and launch new ventures based on their own ingenuity.

TVCOG Members: Free

Non-Members: Suggested Donation $5.00 at www.tvcog.net/donate





October 6, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Tech Valley Center of Gravity
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