The Accumold marketing team’s second journey from the year’s first trade show to the next will be the shortest of the year.

“It’s just 45 miles up U.S. 101 from Santa Clara to San Francisco so it’s an short trip, but it’s long on results as far as delivering a different but very important audience for us,” said Accumold marketing director Aaron Johnson.

DesignCon, the Santa Clara event “created by engineers for engineers” in the chip, board and systems design industry, was a three-day event that began Jan. 28. The annual SPIE Photonics West conference and expo runs from Feb. 1-6 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The organization serves more than 180,000 constituents from 168 countries to advances emerging technologies through information exchanges, continuing education and other activities. Each year, SPIE organizes and sponsors more than two dozen major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific.

“The Moscone Center is a great setting and the Photonics West event is always an exceptional one. With more than 1,300 exhibitors, over 20,000 attendees and a wide variety of academic papers on biomedical optics, biophotonics, translational research, industrial lasers, optoelectronics, micro-fabrication and optical MEMS, it really becomes the center of the universe for its entire run,” Johnson said.

Since its inception in 1985, Accumold’s mission has been the production of super-micro, ultra-precision, plastic injection-molded parts. Parts manufactured by the firm are critical components of the medical, automotive, military, aerospace and telecommunications industries. They can be found in micro-electronics, cell phones, telecommunications, surgical tools, hearing aids, medical devices, antennas, connectors and more. To produce those parts, Accumold builds specialized molding machines engineered to handle volumes from prototypes to millions per year while maintaining consistent, precise tolerances that are unique in the industry.