This past week I had the opportunity to go to the OMTEC trade show in Chicago. As interns, we helped setup and run the booth on the show floor. We had a small 3D printer running throughout the show making bottle openers, which drew in a lot of people to the booth and gave us a chance to show off our design software and 3D printing capabilities. The booth also featured a lot of unique and intricate parts made by the 3D printer. As long as something cool was on the table, people would come up and start a conversation. It was also interesting to see the sales side of engineering, an aspect I’ve never really known before. Almost all engineering degrees focus on the technical, computational, and design side of things, so you don’t learn much on how to actually work in the business world. The trade show taught me how having good marketing, sales, and people skills are essential for maintaining a company as well as your own business connections.
VMH Booth at OMTEC 2015
Attending the trade show also gave us the chance to walk around and view all of the companies and industries that are involved in the medical field. Maybe it’s because my focus isn’t in biomedical, but it really opened my eyes to how many small industries go into such a broad field. There were booths showcasing everything from choosing the right plastic in surgical tool handles to 3D printing titanium hip joints. It was definitely an eye-opening experience. Not to mention we got to explore Wrigley Field and scarf down a Giordano’s pizza while we were there.
– Jake G.
OMTEC 2015 was an experience like no other. OMTEC, which stands for Orthopaedic Manufacturing & Technology Exposition and Conference, is first and foremost a medical device trade show. Here at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, my co-intern and I witnessed the cutting edge in medical technology. From the 3D printed titanium biomedical implants displayed by Arcam AB, to Gsell Medical Plastics AG’s exhibition of the carbon fiber medical tools and instruments used to perform these surgeries, OMTEC easily gathers a plethora of new and innovative ideas together that challenge the way one thinks about the medical industry. (The all-included catered lunch buffets were an added bonus as well.)
The VMH Booth at OMTEC 2015
Orchid Orthopedic Solutions, the main sponsor of the show, arranged a small presentation near the end of the second day. As the speaker takes you into an in-depth journey about why the event is held every year and the importance of manufacturing quality parts at competitive prices, I started to realize the significance of this convention to the medical industry and the world as a whole.
Overall, this trade show has taught me a great deal about the advanced engineering behind the scenes of the medical world. Moreover, I was able to benefit from the experience of talking to other engineers at all levels about what they do on the job at their respective companies. At the end of day two, as my team and I began tearing down our both, I was approached by a fellow exhibitor attendee. He was amazed that there were interns at this trade show and explained how his company opted not to bring along any of theirs. This is just another testament as to how fortunate I am to be part of the Dream Team here at VMH International.
– Brandon S.
VMH and Siemens would like to say thank you to everyone who attended High Performance Manufacturing 2015 in Cypress, CA on May 28.
The team from Sandvik were excellent hosts and provided us an outstanding venue to spotlight some exciting speakers, topics, equipment and software solutions to help you be more profitable and competitive.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth and attended our presentations at PLM Connection 2015!
We had a great time, learned a lot, and met a lot of fantastic people. We’re already looking forward to next year. Here are a few highlights:
Captain Eugene A. Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon
After hours dueling piano networking event
Cameron Tighe discusses The Dream Team, VMH’s S.T.E.M internship program
Alison Levine, Team Captain of the First American Women’s Everest Expedition