Independent Sales Representative

Independent sales representative for contract manufacturers serving the medical and dental industries. I founded Thornton Medical in order to leverage two decades of industry experience, along with my engineering background to deliver:

  • a manufacturing solution that meets your needs
  • value through technical assistance
  • exceptional customer service

The 7 years I spent in surgical sales gave me a deep understanding of what my clients expect from a vendor. My goal is to help engineers and supply chain managers be successful at every stage of a project while partnering with a contract manufacturer. I have spent the past 17 years in contract manufacturing and have developed solid knowledge in medical components and sub-assemblies:

  • precision metal tubing: alloy selection, thin wall & cannulated bar, design parameters, forming, bending, machining, welding, laser marking
  • precision machining: plastic or metal alloy selection, Swiss turning, EDM (hole popping, wire EDM, sinker EDM), laser cutting / welding / marking, CNC milling, multi-axis grinding, gun drilling
  • precision polymer tubing: complex extrusions, reinforced braided / coil sheaths, tipping, steerable sheaths, multi durometer sheaths
  • molding and insert molding
  • titanium metal injection molding (MIM) including Ti 6Al4V implant grade material
  • catheter components and assemblies: guidewires, coils, ground cores, compliant & non-compliant balloons, marker bands, attachment methods
  • stamping and deep drawing: progressive stamping, deep drawing difficult alloys such as Titanium
  • finishing processes such as heat treatment, anodizing, electropolishing, passivation, plating, grit/micro/bead blasting, tumbling, coating, pad printing

I mostly represent companies with unique capabilities that help give my customers an edge in their market. All share my philosophy of problem solving and delivering consistent quality on time.  Even if I do not represent a company that fits your needs, I would be happy to discuss them with you and provide good contacts. Please don’t hesitate to contact me; I am at your service. Steve Thornton can be reached at 760-758-4302 or by email