Past Conference - 2014

Conference Completed

Attend the 3D Printing and Robotics conference to learn more about where, when, and how to use the hot new trend of 3D printing in your own business, and understand the resources available to you. You'll also hear from industry professionals and executives on the topic of robotics trends and opportunities, as its applications spread into homes, hospitals, surgeries, laboratories, packaging, and dangerous missions. 

Gain new ideas, meet people who share your interests, and learn how the Bay Area continues to innovate and respond to global competition in the following areas:
  • 3D Printing Revolution - Trends and Advancements
  • How 3D Printing is Transforming and Accelerating the New Product Development Cycle
  • Robotics: From the Basics and Trends to Delivering Success
  • An Introduction of a New Robot
  • Robots Transform the Future
  • 3D and Robotics Printing Demonstrations
  • Latest Design and Simulation Software Approaches

The conference includes a tour break to the Design-2-Part Show where you will gain connections with vendors that will aid you in your product development and manufacturing projects.

This conference is held in conjunction with the Design-2-Part Show with collaboration from the SME North Bay and SME Sacramento chapters.  Other local  organizations that support SME include IEEE-CPMT, ASME-SCVS, ASQ Northern CA Biomedical Division, SJSU BMES, SWE-SCV, San Jose State University, and DeAnza College.  For more information or if you have registration issues, please contact the Conference Co-Chairs, Joanne Moody  or Cynthia Cook at

Who Should Attend?

The SME Silicon Valley Chapter 098 is hosting an exciting one day conference for people in:

  • Product development engineers, "makers", designers, manufacturing professionals, technologists, manufacturing engineers, and managers.

  • Students and professionals interested in advancing their knowledge in design, prototyping, making, 3D printing, additive manufacturing, robotics, and networking.


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Schedule---this schedule is tentative and subject to change.

7:30 am Registration

Morning Session - 3D Printing Revolution

8:00 - 8:30 am  - Conference Overview, Sponsor Introductions

  • JoAnne Moody - 2014 Event Director,  SME Silicon Valley Chapter 98

  • Bill Browne - Master of Ceremonies, MANEX Consulting

8:30 - 9:15 am - Additive Manufacturing — Opportunities and Challenges

Additive Manufacturing offers unique opportunities to stretch design and manufacturing creativity.  Along with these opportunities come some challenges.  Mike will discuss some lessons learned from his experience with managing both metals and polymer AM operations at LLNL, discuss development opportunities, share views of the industry trends and offer a vision for the future of manufacturing that lies ahead.

  • Mike Prokosch - Manufacturing Engineering Section Leader, Lawrence Livermore National Lab

9:15 - 9:30 am - Introduction to California Network for Manufacturing Innovation

Come learn about how CNMI is designed to create a unified voice and plan to create programs and physical centers for California’s small and medium-sized manufacturers to have access and use advanced manufacturing technology to help them grow and compete in the global marketplace.

  • Bill Browne - Director of Economic and Workforce Development, MANEX

9:30 - 9:45 am - Break

9:45 - 10:15 am -  Latest Design and Simulation Software Approaches

Learn the latest in software design, simulation, and sustainability software 

  • Damon Tordini - Simulation Application Specialist, Hawk Ridge Systems 
  • Chris Ma - Simulation Engineer, Hawk Ridge Systems

10:15 - 10:30 am - Break

10:30 - 11:30  am - 3D Printing Transforms the Product Development Cycle - Panel Discussion

Learn about the success stories from local company success stories.

  • Rich Stump - Principal, Fathom - Panel Leader
  • Sean Finn - Principal, F3 & Associates, Inc.
  • Eric Appelblom - Owner, Precision Plastics
  • Mark Brinkerhoff - President, Fusion Design, Inc.

11:30 am - 1:30 pm - TechShop Raffles, Design-2-Part Tour, Demonstrations,  and Lunch break (lunch not provided)

  • 3D Printing  and Robotics Demos
Afternoon Session - Robotics Transform the Future

1:30 - 1:50 pm - Robotic Integration 
  • Glen Langstaff - COO & VP Operations, RAM Mechanical

1:50 - 2:10 pm - Evolution and Advances in End Effectors 

  • Ingo Rupport - Product Manager, Schunk

2:10 - 2:30 pm - Brand New Robotics 

A new robot will be introduced
  • James Farmer - Regional Manager, Fanuc Robotics

2:30 - 2:50 pm Break, Demos and Networking

2:50 - 3:55 pm - Robotics TrendsA Panel discussion

Learn  from robotics industry leaders about  the advancement of robotics, from the basics to delivering success.

  • Larry S. Lewis - President, Phoenix Automation - Panel Leader
  • James Farmer - District Manger, Fanuc Robotics
  • Ingo Rupport- Product Manager, Schunk/Ingo Rupport
  • Glen Langstaff - COO & VP Operations, RAM Mechanical
  • Andy Span - Regional Manager, Datalogic Industrial Automation

3:55- 4:00 pm Closing and Final Raffle/Drawing - Kindle Fire HD 

Speakers & Panelists

  • Mike Prokosch - Lawrence Livermore National Lab
  • Damon Tordini - Hawk Ridge Systems
  • Chris Ma - Hawk Ridge Systems
  • Richard Stump - Fathom
  • Bill Browne - MANEX Consulting
  • Sean Finn - F3 & Associates, Inc.
  • Eric Appelblom - Precision Plastics/Jatco Inc.
  • Mark Brinkerhoff - Fusion Design, Inc.
  • Larry S. Lewis - Phoenix Automation
  • James Farmer - Fanuc Robotics
  • Ingo Rupport - Schunk
  • Glen Langstaff - RAM Mechanical
  • Andy Span - Datalogic Industrial Automation
  • JoAnne Moody - Event Director
  • Cynthia Cook - Chapter Chair

Diamond Sponsors

  • MANEX Consulting

Platinum Sponsors

  • NUTEK Corporation
  • Product Realization Group
  • TechShop

Gold Sponsors

  • Gallina LLP
  • Phoenix Automation
  • SMTC
  • Hawk Ridge Systems
  • Fathom
  • Inland Metals
  • Grow Shapes
  • Octave Systems

Silver Sponsors

  • DEG
  • General Foundry Service

Program Committee

  • JoAnne Moody, Conference Co-Chair
  • Cynthia Cook,Conference Co-Chair
  • Phil Ogaz, Treasurer & Logistics
  • Larry Lewis, Session Chair
  • Bill Browne, Speaker Recruiter
  • Rob Eichner , Design-2-Part
  • Elizabeth Griffin, Speaker Recruiter

Extended Committee

  • Kathy Loomen
  • Diana Helka
  • Janet Ozasa
  • Keith Krook
  • Michael Shabaka
  • Bruce MacKender

Professional Societies

  • SME North Bay Chapter
  • SME Sacramento Chapter
  • ASQ Northern CA Biomedical Division
  • SWE - SCV


Gold Sponsors

  • Product Realization Group


Rich Stump - Principal - Fathom

Rich Stump, Principal at Fathom,  has 15 years of experience in sales and product development for retail, electronic contract manufacturing, high-tech software, rapid prototyping and manufacturing. His credentials include the development and growth of three other successful product development businesses and World Wide Dominator award at ANSYSInc. (ANSS) in 2006.  Rich co-founded CaliBowl™ by Simple Wave, co-developed and co-launched ConvecTop™has extensive product development and advanced manufacturing experience. He was ecognized in 2013 as #369 on the Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest growing companies in America and #39 on SF Business Times' list of 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area. FATHOM™ is a top performing Stratasys 3D printer distributor of Northern California and Pacific Northwest with 3D printing production centers that service customers nationally from its Oakland and Seattle locations.

Mike Prokosch - Manufacturing Engineering Section Leader - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Mike leads a multi-disciplined R&D manufacturing organization at LLNL that specializes in prototyping and product development for LLNL programs. Capabilities range from electronics design/prototyping, to general fabrication, large scale machining, laser welding, diamond turning and additive manufacturing.  Mike has over 35 years of R&D manufacturing experience and has close interactions with other DOE and UK manufacturing organizations.  Mike is closely involved in advanced manufacturing process development activities at LLNL, with a special interest in additive manufacturing.  Return to Schedule

Bill Browne - Director of Economic and Workforce Development - Manex Consulting - Master of Ceremonies

Mr. Browne has over 32 years of extensive manufacturing experience and expertise in general management, manufacturing operations, quality systems, engineering, product development and continuous improvement initiatives, including Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. He has led numerous process improvement initiatives resulting in top-line and bottom-line growth across a range of industry sectors and geographies, including China, Hong Kong and the UK. Prior to joining Manex, Mr. Browne was General Manager at Triangle Coatings, Inc. where he was responsible for managing two manufacturing operations. Mr. Browne has also held executive management positions with Morgan Crucible, Consolidated Container Company and Mattel, Inc.  Mr. Browne has led numerous Lean Manufacturing, quality (ISO 9001, 8D), product optimization, consumer pricing and workforce development programs that achieved dramatic improvements in productivity and competitiveness. Mr. Browne has also achieved the Six Sigma Master Black Belt (SSMBB) and Certified Design for Six Sigma (CDFSS). Mr. Browne holds an MBA from the University of Detroit, and a BS in Engineering Arts from Michigan State University.  Return to Schedule

Damon Tordini - SolidWorks Elite Applications Engineer, Hawk Ridge Systems
Damon Tordini is a Simulation Applications Specialist out of the Hawk Ridge Systems Irvine, California office. A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Damon also holds a variety of SolidWorks certifications. He frequently presents at customer events and user group meetings on the West Coast and has written numerous blogs about SolidWorks and SolidWorks Simulation. When he's not waiting for his last simulation to finish, you can probably find him making some kind of noise which he claims is music.  Return to Schedule

Christopher Ma - SolidWorks Elite Applications Engineer, Hawk Ridge Systems

With 12 SolidWorks Certifications under his belt, Christopher puts them to use working with the Simulation Services Team to provide analysis consulting and custom Simulation training. Christopher has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara, and received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA. When he isn’t troubleshooting large assemblies or presenting a webinar, Christopher is usually on the water paddling an outrigger canoe.  Return to Schedule

Sean Finn - Principal, F3 & Associates, Inc.

F3 & Associates is a privately held professional service provider based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California. The company holds US patents and trademarks that combine high definition 3D scanning and precise Industrial 3D printing.  Return to Schedule

Eric Appelblom - Owner, Precision Plastics/Jatco Inc.

Precision Plastics/Jatco Inc., founded in 1943, has been a stable, technical oriented, plastic injection molder serving the OEM community for the last 61 years. Focusing on customer service, quality, and on time delivery. Precision has built its reputation as one the premier plastics processors of engineering resins serving the electronics, medical, consumer, and other industries. We pride ourselves as being a one stop shop, offering full services which include design, tool and die construction, rapid prototyping, part production, decorating, packaging, and distribution. We also offerer services in China, which include tool construction and production. At Precision plastics, we pride ourselves as being a company that turns plastics ideas into reality.  Return to Schedule

Larry Lewis - President - Phoenix Automation - SME Robotics Conference Session Chair

Larry heads the Phoenix Automation team. He has over 25 years experience working in robotics and automation.  Phoenix supply’s automation components are used in factory and lab automation. Phoenix has multiple types of technology including Vacuum,  pneumatic and electronic components enabling them to create  pre-engineered and custom complicated Hybred (EoAT) End of Arm Tooling systems, turning a robot arm into a robot solution. We supply what you need for automated machinery and to dress out your robot.  Return to Schedule

James Farmer - District Manager - Fanuc Robotics

James Farmer has over 16 years with Fanuc in various rolls, His is currently the district manager and has had responsibility for sales,  both domestic and international. Fanuc has over 250,000 robots installed worldwide making them the market leader in robotics. FANUC robots have payload capabilities ranging from 0.5kg to 1,350kg working in a wide range of industries including aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, education, food, metal fabrication, medical, pharmaceutical, solar panel, and many other industries.  Return to Schedule

Ingo Rupport - Regional Sales Manager - Schunk Grippers

Ingo Ruppert joined SCHUNK in 2009 with over a decade of experience in the manufacturing industry. He serves as the Regional Sales Manager for Clamping Technology and Gripping Systems on the West Coast. Ingo is an expert in automation components especially grippers and other EOAT solutions. SCHUNK is  the leading competence leader in this field and employs over 2000 people worldwide.  Return to Schedule

Glen Langstaff - COO & VP Operations - RAM Mechanical

Glen Langstaff is the COO & VP of Operations at RAM Mechanical, a robotic integrator and mechanical contractor located in the Central Valley with
domestic and international customers numbering over 1,100.  He has over 35years executive and technical management experience in the medical devices, defense, steel processing, food processing, research & development, and construction industries.  Glen is a veteran of organizational development,quality / process improvement, organizational restructuring, Engineering management, and international / domestic market development. 

Prior to RAM, Glen was responsible for directing all maintenance, repair and operations, Engineering support, and design / construction projects for the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.  Before joining LBNL, Glen was Vice President for an electronics defense contractor, and the CEO / President of an equipment integration corporation that provided technical solutions to complex food processing and packaging challenges at Fortune 500 companies. In addition he was Plant Manager of a large steel processing facility in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Product Assurance Manager at a major defense contractor producing tracked vehicles.  He started his career in Engineering design and management at a small medical devices firm in the Bay Area producing high precision magnetic medical and chemical pumps.  BS in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Return to Schedule

Andy Span -  Territory Sales Manager - DataLogic Industrial Automation

Andy Span is currently a Territory Sales Manager for Datalogic Industrial Automation managing direct and channel sales in California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. Andy has a BSEE degree from the University of Pittsburgh and has worked in engineering, R&D, manufacturing, information technologies, operations management, sales and marketing. He has worked for technical companies such as ALCOA, CVC Technologies and Videojet Technologies both in technical and managerial positions.  
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Mark Brinkerhoff, PE -  President - Fusion Design, Inc.

Mark Brinkerhoff, PE, is president of Fusion Design, Inc., Campbell, CA. Mark has obtained eight patents for mechanical devices and systems. Previously, Brinkerhoff was an engineering and model shop manager at Amdahl Corporation and a manufacturing engineer at Hewlett Packard Company. He has 29 years of experience developing both products and production machines. While earning his degree at California Polytechnic State University and the College of the Siskiyous, Brinkerhoff participated in a co-op program at Schlage Lock company. Since joining the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1995, he has been active in Silicon Valley Chapter 98, where he previously served as treasurer and has coordinated many factory tours throughout the Bay Area. He has also been a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Laboratory Robotics Interest Group and TELTECH. Brinkerhoff is an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America.  Return to Schedule

JoAnne Moody - SME Annual Conference Co-Chair and Event Director,  Liquidity Corporation

JoAnne Moody is the SME Event Director and SME Annual Conference Co-Chair. Currently, Joanne is employed by a  startup company, Liquidity Corporation, developing new water purification technology.  Joanne is an expert in product development, adhesives, coatings, and medical device materials.  As principal of Zeta Scientific LLC, Ms. Moody has worked for, or consulted with a number of companies including 3M, Boston Scientific, Raychem Corporation (now Tyco Electronics), and EndoSonics Inc.   Ms. Moody earned her BA degree in Chemistry from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN and MS degree from the Chemical Engineering & Material Science Department, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Ms. Moody has served as Silicon Valley SME Chair, Conference Chair, Chair-Elect, and Newsletter Editor as well as delegate board member for the Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC).   Return to Schedule

Cynthia Cook - Chair - SME Silicon Valley Chapter Chair and  SME Annual Conference Co-Chair

Cynthia Cook is the Chair of the SME Silicon Valley Chapter, a 401(c) non-profit. Ms. Cook is focused on acquiring and providing knowledge and connections for leading edge product development, manufacturing, student outreach and workforce development in the community.  Ms. Cook has over 17 years in manufacturing including lean, quality and new product introduction with Acuity Lighting, and Carrier Corporation.

Ms. Cook earned her Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA and MS degree in Management Science from the University of Dayton's School of Engineering, Dayton, OH. Ms. Cook has served as Silicon Valley SME Chair-Elect.  Ms. Cook is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, served in several leadership positions within the Dayton, OH chapter, and holds a SixSigma green belt. Ms. Cook is a member of ASQ.   Return to Schedule