Richard Freeman | Materials and Processes Co-Chair | Freetech Plastics
Richard Freeman has been involved in Plastics and Design for over 40 years, the last 35 with Freetech Plastics in Fremont California. His experience providing Pressure Formed products in the close tolerance, technically demanding, and highly competitive, environment of Silicon Valley has led to a number of process and design innovations. It also gives him a unique perspective on Production, Quality, Marketing, and Design Issues.
Rich’s Articles, Company and Products have been featured in Plastics Engineering, Appliance Manufacturer, Innovation, Machine Design, Plastic News, Mechanical Engineering, and International Designer to name a few. He has spoken on many issues important to Designers and manufactures over the years. He is considered one of the founders of the West Coast Style of Thermoforming. He’s been regularly featured on Thermoforming and IDSA Conference programs, both in the USA and in Europe.
Rich’s products have won numerous industry awards including the 1996, 1999 and 2004 People’s Choice Awards, the Thermoforming Industry’s Top Prize. Freetech has provided the Pressure Formed parts for 10 ID/IDEO/Innovation Magazine award winners and has participated in the design of hundreds of products.
Rich has been an SPE Thermoforming Division Board member since 1991. Where he helped developed the Thermoforming Conference, as well as the SPE Thermoforming web page and Machinery Grant program. Rich has been and IDSA member since 1999 and has Spoken at several IDSA National and regional conferences. He has also been a sponsor of both national and regional conferences since 2000.