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Engineer Design

Irvine, CA
September 13, 2018

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Greg Bain


714-***-**** * *


Inventive product development engineer and intellectual property contributor with extensive experience delivering orthopedic surgical device solutions. Considers manufacturability of components and assemblies throughout the development process. Tackles problems applying experience and intuitive skills to root cause analysis while seeking practical solutions.

Additional areas of expertise:

* SOLIDWORKS PDM Administrator

* Machinist

* Material Testing

* Finite Element Analysis

* ASME Y14.5 GD&T

* Verification and Validation Testing

* CNC Programming

* Laser Welding


Smith & Nephew / ARTHROCARE / Opus Medical 2000-Present

Smith & Nephew, Irvine, CA

Senior Development Engineer, 2014-Present

Translated design inputs into successful products. Effectively applied root cause analysis to maintain development and production schedules and reduce complaints.

* Applied finite element analysis (FEA) to a vendor design issue on a Nitinol product. Accurately predicted performance improvement within a single design iteration.

* Implemented coining processes for half a dozen MIM components, and prevented several month delay in new product launch.

* Redesigned reusable curved drill guide resulting in a 20% cost reduction.

* Supported production and re-tooling for long life, high volume products that have generated hundreds of millions in revenue.

* Transferred 18 years of accumulated computer aided drafting (CAD) files from Windows folders to a secure product data management (PDM) vault.

ARTHROCARE, Irvine, CA Acquired by Smith & Nephew

R&D Design Engineer, 2012-2014

Hands-on team member focused on technical aspects of design and development.

* Applied creative design solutions to mechanisms enabling development of FirstPass Suturing device. Utilized FEA to optimize components.

* Devised and ran product characterization tests to refine deployment mechanism requirements for the Q-Fix all suture bone anchor. Programmed design verification tests on material test systems and trained technicians to execute protocols. Determined root cause of component failures and provided solutions.

* Coordinated companywide SolidWorks upgrade. Created site-specific administrative images for offices in California, Texas and Costa Rica. Performed software validation.

* Redesigned SpeedStitch Needle Extractor, improving reliability and ergonomics, which eliminated related customer complaints.

R&D Designer, 2004-2012

Generated innovative design solutions for products, tools and fixtures. Collaborated with vendors to optimize delivery, quality and cost.

* Developed the PerfectPasser expanding SmartStitch product line. Innovated solutions within project restraints and delivered a successful product. Patented needle selection mechanism.

* Invented SpeedStitch disposable needle loading and extraction method. Developed disposable MIM suture cartridge.

Opus Medical, San Juan Capistrano, CA Acquired by ARTHROCARE 2000-2004

R&D Designer, 2002-2004

Designed and documented products, tools and fixtures.

* Designed and developed the SmartStitch Suturing Device. Built and tested prototypes. Made significant contribution to intellectual property.

* Created and executed design verification testing. Built fixtures and test equipment.

* Collaborated with vendors, reduced part counts and costs, redesigned components for production processes.

R&D Technician, 2000-2002

Machined components, built and tested prototypes.

* Built early prototypes in garage before setting up R&D lab and machine shop. Sourced and maintained equipment, tools and materials.

* Designed and built test fixtures.


Machinist at Meggit Defense Systems, Tustin, CA

Machinist at CR Technology, Aliso Viejo, CA

Machinist at Ready Products, Lake Forest, CA

Machinist at South County Mold and Tool, San Clemente, CA


CNC Programming

Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA

SolidWorks PDM Professional

HawkRidge Systems, Irvine, CA



Suture device having selective needle actuation and related method


Suture capture device


Linear suturing apparatus and methods


Devices and methods for repairing soft tissue


Suture capture device


Linear suturing apparatus and methods

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