SME SV Medical Device Trends, May 21, 2015- early bird until May 14 for savings

May 2, 2015

We have a great line up 20 speakers !

Intuitive Surgical is recruiting!

We are extending the early bird special until May 14. Conference fees are amazingly low including a light breakfast, lunch and mixer/refreshments. Join us and have fun!


SME SV Medical Devices & Robotics Annual Event, May 21, 2015 – signup by May 7 for early bird special

April 24, 2015

Medical Device Trends – Robotics & Accelerated Product Development
Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA
Thursday, May 21, 2015 8:30am-4:00pm
Website: http://smesv.org/conference

How can you position yourself to make a difference in a $110 billion sector? Attend the SME Silicon Valley’s Medical Device Trends conference!

The 10th Annual SME SV conference topics include local manufacturing, robotics, 3D printing, government incentives and regulatory issues, management tools, and careers. Most firms in this field aren’t as visible as Apple, but they offer tremendous personal and professional opportunities.

You won’t want to miss this special event, held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in conjunction with the Design 2 Part show. If you need assistance, contact Conference Chair Joanne Moody via events@smesv.org

Registration Link: http://conference.smesv.org

Discounted Tickets: Register by May 7th for early bird rates.
SME Member $55
Standard nonmember pricing is $85 but reduced to $65 using the Promotional Code PROMO2015.

Standard Ticket Cost: After May 7th, the standard prices will apply.
SME member $75.
Standard nonmember cost is $125 but reduced to $105 with the Promotional Code PROMO2015.

Spread the word!


Mass Precision Tour, April 23, 2015

April 24, 2015

MASS Precision hosted a great tour on April 23, 2015. We had 35 attendees, enjoyed viewing the factory.

Mass Precision offers vertically integrated metal manufacturing skills to a broad range of multinational OEMs in Silicon Valley. From product design; through prototyping, pre-production and full production runs; to testing, distribution, aftermarket kitting, and support.
This tour will present MASS Precision’s Manufacturing Facility and it’s capabilities. From precision machining of tightly-toleranced components to complex mechanical assembly of robotic systems, the manufacturing facility at MASS performs an array of interesting services such as:
• Machining (milling, turning, grinding, and abrasive)
• Welding (with robotic welders)
• Mechanical Assembly
• Electrical Assembly
• Quality Assurance
• Part Finishing


Intuitive Surgical Tour, March 26, 2015

April 6, 2015

Intuitive Surgical in Sunnyvale hosted a SME SV tour on March 26, 2015 with 30 engineers attending.  Everyone had a “hands-on” operating a surgical robot for training purposes!  The manufacturing was very impressive, completely paperless, and utilized lean principles throughout the plant.

Intuitive Surgical is global technology leader in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery. The Company’s da Vinci Surgical System enables surgeons to operate minimally invasive through a few small incisions or the belly button from a nearby ergonomic console.  The da Vinci System teatures a 3D HD vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. As a result of the technology, da Vinci enables surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control.


2015 SVEC Banquet in Review

March 24, 2015

Several of our members attended the Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) on Thursday, February 19 at the Double Tree San Jose Airport Hotel.  This was a great venue, with 250 engineers attending a well-planned rewards banquet.  Our SME Delegate, SVEC Elected Board Member is Guy Dellavecchia, was instrumental in setting the banquet.

The SVEC is an umbrella organization, nonprofit, with 19 professional engineering organizations working together to sponsor engineering education and student outreach. SME SV has been a member from the beginning.  We had a well-attended booth where we provided info upcoming events to students and engineers.

5 college $1000 scholarships were awarded to the following students:

  • Hayley Graves (Cabrillo College), Undergrad
  • Dimple Jethani (Mission San Jose), High school
  • Jose Alvarez (SJSU), Undergrad
  • Giovanni Zecchini (SJSU), Undergrad
  • Linh Do (SJSU), Undergrad

The keynote talk by Mark A. Pasquale, VP, Engineering & Technology, Space Systems Company, Lockheed Martin gave us a great view of the space travel mission Orion EF-1 with the goal being to land a person on Mars.

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees, who were honored contributions of science and technology developments, were Dr. Paul R. Gray, UC Berkeley Dept of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and Dr. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, President, San José State University

We highly recommend that SME SV members attend next years annual SVEC banquet!  Check out http://svec.org/



SME’s Robotics event at FANUC

February 27, 2015

60 engineers attended the exciting SME Silicon Valley/North Bay Robotics event on February 26, 2015 at FANUC America’s Union City Facility. http://www.fanucfa.com/   The event included an excellent  presentation on the Company’s robotic line, lunch, and six robot demonstrations .

FANUC America offers a range of industry-leading products and services for robotics, CNC systems, and factory automation solutions. The Company is dedicated to increasing the competitiveness of North and South American manufacturers by creating opportunities to help them maximize their efficiency, reliability, quality, and profitability.



ANSYS 14.5 Release Party

November 10, 2012

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