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Bringing Life to Your Functional Prototypes through 3D Printing

Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I recently had the privilege of presenting on the buzzing topic of 3D printing or additive manufacturing at this year’s MD&M West show in Anaheim. There is a lot of excitement and curiosity with this ever expanding technology and how it can help reduce costs in the product development cycle. 

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Maximum and Least Material Condition Explained

Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

People are often confused by the terms Maximum Material Condition and Least Material Condition in GD&T and, therefore, get some anxiety when they see all those little M’s and L’s in circles on a print. People learn that Maximum Material Conditional occurs when a feature weighs the most or has the most mass and Least Material Condition has the least mass. This sounds simple when you think of something like the diameter of a pin. The largest allowable size for the diameter of the pin would cause the pin to weigh the most and, therefore, be the Maximum Material Condition. It starts to get confusing when you look at holes and realize that it’s the smallest allowable hole that would have the most mass. So, sometimes the largest allowable dimension is the Maximum Material Condition and sometimes the smallest one is. What’s up with that? We don’t care how much the part weighs, just if the parts meet the print.  

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Orchid Technology Symposium helps Customers

Posted: Monday, January 19, 2015

Orchid conducts technology symposium to help keep customers informed of capabilities and technologies for manufacturing orthopedic instruments and implants.  

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Lesson on Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerances

Posted: Thursday, December 04, 2014

I’ve had the privilege to be involved in GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerances) training at Orchid over the last year. I am that rare nerd who enjoys this stuff. GD&T is like learning Klingon in some ways. It makes you feel like an exclusive member of some club that can speak a secret language. The problem is GD&T is supposed to be a universal tool, understood by all those involved in producing mechanical parts – engineering, quoting, manufacturing, inspection and quality. Far too many people learn how to interpret just a few of the symbols that impact their job, but never get an appreciation for the whole system. It’s like learning a few words in Greek and then trying to read a book. It is no wonder why so many people are frustrated. Whenever I teach GD&T, I try to take a step back and give everyone an understanding of why it is an important and powerful tool. 

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Providing an Opportunity for People to Live a Better Life

Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

When I see Orchid’s core purpose on display in each of our facilities, I struggle to comprehend the millions of end users who have received an implant that perhaps Orchid has touched at some point and the actual impact we have had to their quality of life. It is perhaps a little easier to appreciate the impact we have made when we see or read about a celebrity who has received a replacement hip or knee. The celebrity list is growing and contains names from sports to entertainment; from Presidents to Royalty. Here are a few of the famous names I am aware of: Billie Joel, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Douglas, Jane Fonda, Billy Jean King, George Bush, The Queen of England’s mother and many more. 

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Enviable Environment to Work and Do Business

Posted: Monday, October 06, 2014

A very wise man once said that creating a team is one thing; creating teamwork is an entirely different matter. So how do you go from putting a group of people together and calling it a team, to fostering an environment in which individual employees (often culturally diverse) feel that, as a team, they are more meaningful and part of a greater whole? An environment where employees feel like other employees have their back? An environment in which the goals of the whole encourage extra effort as every employee recognizes their unique and absolutely necessary contribution to those goals? 

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Service Before Self

Posted: Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Service before Self 

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Orchid's Mission

Posted: Thursday, August 07, 2014

This past June, I had the privilege to speak at OMTEC (Orthopaedic Manufacturing & Technology Exposition and Conference) in Chicago. Orchid had a great showing in that we had the largest presence with our booth and staff, we sponsored one of the breakfasts and we had three of our employees (Parimal Bapat, Christopher Norbye and Amber Lenz) participate in the conference by providing technical expertise to the industry at large.  

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Teamwork and Integrity

Posted: Monday, July 07, 2014

High performing work teams are critical to the long term success of any organization. In order for a team to thrive and maximize its potential, they trust one another, be willing to engage in unfiltered conflict around ideas, commit to decisions and plans of actions. They must hold one another accountable for delivering against those plans and focus on the achievement of collective results. 

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Orchid Bridgeport Open House

Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

On Saturday, May 3, our facility in Bridgeport, MI opened up its facility to employees’ families and friends for an open house. Despite the rain, there were about 60 families that came through to see what types of products this Orchid site manufactures. This site specializes in manufacturing, laser marking, cleaning and passivating, packaging and sterilizing.  Some of the typical projects consist of: spinal screws, plates, cages, hooks and rods, surgical cutting tools, drill bits, reamers, burs, saw blades and much more.  

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