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Design for Manufacturability Rapid Fire


Design for manufacturability (DFM) is a broadly-implemented step in today’s development process to ensure that a designed product can actually be manufactured. While the concept sounds simple, there are nuances to every supplier relationship and every new process. 

Three suppliers—a contract manufacturer, additive manufacturer and plastics company—will each spend 15 minutes answering the following question: With orthopaedic customers, our greatest DFM pain point is ___ and the best strategy to change that is ___.

OEMs will learn best practices and ways to approach DFM with their supplier partners.

Prepare for this Session:
Design for Manufacturability: Meeting the Needs of the Missing Customer
Improving Manufacturability by Properly Applying GD&T as an Effective Design Tool

Kenneth Trimmer, Chief Engineer, Knees, Stryker Orthopaedics

Ken Trimmer Stryker 150x150Kenneth Trimmer has spent 25 years in various positions within Stryker Orthopaedics. His background includes Quality Assurance Engineering, Product Development, Marketing, Manufacturing Operations and Distribution. In his current role as Chief Engineer, Knees, he is responsible for the technical oversight of Stryker’s global knee products. Mr. Trimmer holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The New Jersey Institute of Technology.


Additive Manufacturing Perspective: Dale Kellington, Vice President of Business Development, Orthopaedic Innovation Centre

Dale Kellington WebIn his work at the Orthopaedic Innovation Centre (OIC), Dale Kellington brings a solid knowledge base and customer service-oriented approach to both managing and selling technical service offerings. His background in quality management and reference grade calibrations drives him to be detail-oriented while keeping track of the big picture.


Materials Perspective: James Hicks, Technical Development Engineer, Solvay Specialty Polymers

Jim Hicks webJames Hicks has worked in the plastics industry for 28 years, 25 of them with Solvay. His primary responsibilities include working with medical industry customers on design, processing and failure analysis support. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Georgia State University.

Contract Manufacturer Perspective: Mike Street, Senior Manufacturing Engineer and Prototype Manager, Paragon Medical

mike street webAt Paragon Medical, Mr. Street is involved in early engagement with projects at the prototype stage to develop products that are prepared for production. This includes manufacturing process design, along with quality and inspection equipment design.

Mr. Street has worked at Paragon for more than five years, with responsibilities from fixturing, tooling and gauge design to project and supplier management. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Perdue University and plans to pursue his MBA in fall 2016.