Vastly different industry types have all trusted Fathom with their 3D printing and additive manufacturing needs. Fathom offers award-winning expertise, speed, and quality over a range of accelerated product development and design processes. Your team can go from design to prototype faster than ever before. Work with Fathom and discover how 3D printing can benefit your business.
Additive manufacturing, additive layer manufacturing, or 3D printing uses computer-aided-design (CAD) or a 3D model to direct hardware to build an object layer upon layer. The CAD drawing acts as a set of instructions or blueprints, illustrating all the intricacies of the product being made. These blueprints instruct the machine where and when to place the material. Complex objects can be produced in this manner without the need to join together separate parts. This type of design freedom allows a user to improve functionality through increased complexity. The result is an intricate, unique and lightweight product with greater strength.
In this process, there are fewer errors and the opportunity to pinpoint and resolve problems before printing. To achieve a similar result using a traditional method, additional steps would be required, such as carving, milling, machining, or shaping. In other words, 3D technologies enable the ability to fabricate geometries that were previously not manufacturable.
While additive technologies have mostly been used for prototyping, software, hardware and materials have steadily matured to produce production-quality end-use parts—a process termed Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM). This is driven by the engineers and designers engaged in both day-to-day and big-picture design vision. Those with more knowledge and comfort with how to design for additive manufacturing (DFAM) will be better able to leverage the value of it entirely.
More than ever before, development can be front-loaded with a faster iteration of high-quality physical prototypes. Additive manufacturing can be applied to products from vastly different industries, including medical, dental, biotech, aerospace, automotive, construction, industrial design, education, fashion, food, and more. Subsets of additive manufacturing (AM) include 3D printing, rapid prototyping (RP), direct digital manufacturing, layered manufacturing and additive fabrication.
3D manufacturing allows industries to completely change the way they design, produce, plan, and distribute. There is an increase in brands using 3D printing to remain competitive in their industries and to continuously innovate their products. Companies can now wait until there is consumer demand and quickly fill the need by 3D printing a product as needed in as small or large amount as required. Mass customization, faster times to market, rapid prototyping and making adjustments early in the development cycle, are just a few of the ways 3D printing is benefiting companies. Now more than ever, 3D printing is being used to grow businesses and foster innovation.
Since the late 1980s, the aerospace industry has been using 3D printing for lightweight components, tooling, functional prototypes and more. There are many advantages to using additive manufacturing in aerospace. These include:
Additive manufacturing is used by the automotive industry for both prototypes, tooling and parts. There are many benefits of using 3D printing in the automotive industry, including:
Additive manufacturing has allowed the medical industry to provide patients with personalized care. 3D printing allows the medical industry to work rapidly across different applications including some listed below:
To keep up with trends, consumer demand and more, retailers and manufacturers are able to adapt to a changing marketplace by incorporating additive manufacturing. Whether they are making electronics or toys, there are many benefits to additive manufacturing. Advantages of using 3D manufacturing for consumer goods include:
Industrial goods may include tooling, equipment and machinery used in the production of other goods. 3D printing allows the industrial goods industry to innovate. Some of the benefits of using 3D printing for industrial goods include:
Using Fathom for your AM project is easy. Fathom utilizes a state-of-the-art on-demand online platform that provides our clients with unlimited access to quotes and orders for prototyping and production parts. Our production team is ready to meet your needs with a wide range of rigid and flexible material options. Also, Fathom offers advanced and expedited services. Companies of all sizes trust us from medical to consumer products, electronics, automotive, aerospace, and more, including 9 of the top 10 Fortune 500 companies.
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At Fathom we offer a unique advantage of speed and agility-our experts help companies go from concept to prototype to manufacturing in ways not previously possible.
|SLS / / Two-day||SLA / / Next-day|
|FDM / / Next-day||DMLS / / Three-day|
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Prototype Tool / / As soon as 10 days
10K Parts / / 10 days
Production Tool / / As soon as 3 weeks
3 & 5 Axis Milling & Turning
(Plastics, Composites and Metals)
Tolerance Accuracy Range
from +/-0.001″ to 0.005″
Injection Molding Adjacent
without High Costs of Metal Tools
Most Commonly Used for High-Volume
Prototyping & Bridge to Production
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