Make It... Plastic

Creating with plastic presents a problem for many inventors. Different from wood, metal, and other natural materials, plastic is something that is not easily understood or tinkered with in a home garage. Choosing the right material followed by the best method of processing and manufacturing can be so daunting as to overwhelm an inventor and derail their idea before it gains any substance or traction.

Whether you have designed a product, you are looking to get off the ground, or you have professional experience in developing products made of plastic, this discussion will be insightful and helpful to you in your upcoming development project. With a goal of candor and accessibility we have brought together a well-informed, well-experienced group of flexible thinkers to inform your decisions through the process of developing designs for market.

Join us to discuss designing and manufacturing of plastic products.

4:00_ Doors open! Live Music by Phil Bondy and Drinks.
4:30_ Key Note Address: Albert McGovern
5:00_ Panel Discussion
6:00_Technology Review: ToolStats
6:20_ Technology Review: TBD
6:00_ Live Music, Networking, Food and Drink

[Keynote Presentation
Al McGovern:
Al is the Director of Mechanical Engineering at Shure Incorporated where he provides technical leadership to the Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design groups at this leading audio equipment company. Al is also President of the Product Development and Design Division (PD3) of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), where he and a strong leadership team are continuing to increase the presence, relevance and value proposition of this division to its customers--plastic part designers--throughout the world.

[Panel Discussion]
Charlie O’Bosky:
Charlie is the General Manager at R&D Plastics LLC. R&D Plastics provides injection molding, insert molding, and elastomeric overmolding capabilities to clients in industries including medical, electronics, transportation, recreation, and defense. As a Manufacturing Engineer, Charlie has experience in injection molded plastic, battery pack assembly, and large volume electronic assembly. Charlie is active in the Society of Plastics Engineers and sits on the Western Washington University, College of Science and Engineering External Advancement Board.

Joe Vultaggio:
Joe is the Business Development Manager at Special Tool & Engineering, Inc. where he develops business opportunities in commodities for prototype, production tooling, and injection molding of thermoplastic products.

Chris Araujo:
Chris is the current Creative Lead for Global Design Trends and Branding at Columbia Sportswear where he has also held the positions of Division Lead of Design Brand Management, Creative Manager for Innovation R&D, and Lead Sr Designer of Equipment.

Ben Mergen:
As a mechanical engineer with 15+ years of experience Ben has worked designing custom automation tooling, assembly line tooling and also product development. Ben really enjoys tackling the unique and challenging problems that arise in these designs, which interface with lots of other engineers and systems, which often requires collaboration with tooling experts, materials experts and molders to come up with robust solutions in a difficult design space.

Michael Hayden:
Michael is the current Business Development Manager at Asahi Kasei America. Michael comes with extensive experience in the Manufacturing, Characterization, Formulation, and Sales & Marketing of Polymers. Additionally, Michael has deep experience in Strategic Planning, Product Positioning, and Financial Planning.

Katie Tucker [Moderator]:
Katie teaches Design Thinking at Portland State as part of the Design/Technology/Innovation/Entrepreneurship (D-TIE) Cluster. Katie has also focused Design Thinking methodologies around topics of visioning, ethnography, and motivation and inspiration at Daimler Trucks North America.

[Technology Talk]
Sean Brolley:
Sean is the Business Development Manager for ToolStats; where he is
helping OEM’s, Tier Suppliers, and Tool Makers better track the information
for their tooling programs. Using cloud and mobile technologies, ToolStats
provides a global platform that allows all of the teams involved on a project
the ability to share information, manage data, and collaborate throughout
all phases of the manufacturing process.