Cutting Your Teeth in the Medical Device Business

Cutting Your Teeth in the Medical Device Business

One New Jersey-based medically oriented job-shop stands out from the pack

A lot of people talk about "cutting their teeth" in a certain business as a way of referring to how they have learned a skill or trade from the ground up.

For Marc Stipo, President of the High Point Precision Products Inc. in Sussex, NJ, this expression has a slightly more literal meaning. In honing his company's offerings for the medical device arena including for dental, orthopaedic implant and surgical instrumentations applications, Mr. Stipo has literally cut into cadaver teeth as well as cow bones he's gotten from a local butcher to help his customers understand just how well the parts he is making for them perform.

"We bring a lot of unique knowledge to the table," says Stipo to explain how his company helps provide its customers with unique, money saving solutions for producing their medical devices.

"Recently we were making some prototype surgical tooling. After getting the prints and making some parts, we spoke to the engineer designing the parts. I said to him 'Why don't we develop the cutting tool here? We can go to the butcher and get some bone to mimic the surgical process you are trying to achieve and refine the part right here in our shop.'"

It's this combination of unique knowledge and old fashioned customer service that has helped this 15 man company grow out of Mark's father’s basement in Northern New Jersey to a leading job shop serving the medical device market. While High Point Precision Products isn't the biggest player in medical device manufacturing, it does seek to rely on cutting edge machine tool and CAD/CAM technology to provide unique, cost effective part manufacturing solutions. To this point, the company employs seven multi-axis CNC Swiss-type lathes including a variety of Citizen L, K and M series models, a Star SA and two Haas vertical machining centers. In order to be competitive and provide its customers with fast turnaround and the shortest possible lead times on complex medical devices, High Point Precision Products programs all of the machines with Delcam's PartMaker CAM software.

"In today's medical device industry, engineers are using CAD to the fullest of its capabilities which means part geometries are getting more complicated," says Stipo. "As a result, there been countless jobs we just wouldn't have been able to produce without PartMaker."

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