Finding Better Ways to Heal and to Manufacture
Medical device manufacturer, Pioneer
Surgical, has built a reputation for
innovation and responsiveness with help
from highly skilled people and powerful
Medical device manufacturer, Pioneer Surgical, has built a reputation for innovation and responsiveness with help from highly skilled people and powerful CAMWorks® software Discontent can be a powerful thing. It was for Dr. Matthew Songer. Twenty years ago it spurred him to create Pioneer Surgical (www.pioneersurgical.com), a medical device manufacturing company based in Marquette, MI. Songer, an orthopedic surgeon, wasn’t satisfied with some of the orthopedic devices available to him at the time. As he saw it, one of their key drawbacks was the use of monofilament wire to attach devices to bone. Exposed to real life stresses, the wire would occasionally slide, or loosen, or even break, all of which was bad news for the patient. For Songer, ‘occasionally’ was just too often.
Company: Pioneer Surgical’s
Headquarters: Alachua, FL, USA
Industry: Medical Equipment
For one thing, prototyping is a major aspect of our operations, much more so than in most other types of manufacturing.
provides an array of tools to simplify and automate even complex programming tasks, speeding design and programming changes. Like a great many other firms, Pioneer employs the popular SolidWorks® design software, and the fact that CAMWorks is integrated seamlessly within SolidWorks yields a number of benefits.
“It really didn’t take us as long as I thought it would take to become proficient,” he continues. Along with the intuitive nature of the software, the training and support received from the CAMWorks distributor played a key role in Pioneer’s relatively rapid ramping up. “I’ve got to give them very high marks,”