Fathom is a trusted manufacturing partner that has worked with a vast range of industries to provide 3D printing and additive manufacturing service. Fathom offers award-winning expertise, speed, and quality with a focus on accelerated product development and design processes. Fathom can help your team can go from design to 3D printed prototype and then straight into production in a matter of days or weeks instead of months. Work with Fathom and discover how digital manufacturing can benefit your business, revolutionize your workflow, and save you time and money.
3D printing, also known as additive layer manufacturing, additive manufacturing, or digital manufacturing, starts with a Computer Aided Design (CAD) file or a 3D model. The CAD drawing acts as a set of instructions or blueprints, illustrating all the intricacies of the product. The CAD file instructs the machine where and when to place the material as the part is built from the ground up, layer-by-layer.
3D printing can produce complex objects that would otherwise be impossible to make with conventional machining methods. Designers and engineers, not hampered by manufacturing restrictions, can improve functionality through increased complexity. 3D printing technology has become incredibly advanced in recent years, allowing Fathom to offer low- to mid-volume production with a variety of materials including metals and plastics. 3D printed parts can be made with the same material used in conventional manufacturing, including plastics and metals. Depending on the type of machine, 3D printed parts can be fully dense and put to immediate use.
Updating designs or correcting errors is a simple process with digital manufacturing. Changes can quickly be made to the CAD file and sent directly to the 3D printing machine. Making equivalent design changes with conventional manufacturing methods would take weeks or months. These changes can also be expensive since it would require new tooling or machining. In the past, such errors or changes could mean starting over completely. Additive manufacturing will minimize these costly mistakes while allowing for complex designs and reiterative prototyping.
3D printing has mostly been used for prototyping. Over the last decade, materials have steadily matured to produce production-quality allowing for the manufacturing of end-use parts—a process termed Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM). New technology and machinery brings 3D printing that much closer to high-volume production. Fathom has entered into an exclusive agreement with Evolve Additive Solutions to present the Evolve Scaled Volume Production (SVP™) system. The Evolve SVP™ is the next generation of 3D printing technology, marrying the speed and design freedom of additive manufacturing with the robust durability of traditional manufacturing. The Evolve SVP™ is the first 3D printing machine to feature the revolutionary Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process (STEP). The STEP process, like many 3D printers, builds part layer by layer. The Evolve SVP is unique in the way it prints ‘voxels’ or 3D pixels. These voxels are 22-microns thick and can be laid down with extreme accuracy. The printing technology is so precise to can put down voxels of different colors and different materials in one shot. The Evolve SVP™ can print parts with industrial grade plastics that are used to make injection-molded products. The speed and material selection of the Evolve SVP™ means 3D printing can now be used for low- to mid-volume production.
3D printing allows companies to completely change the way they design, produce, plan, and distribute products. Our customers use 3D printing to remain competitive in their industries and to continuously innovate their products.
These companies react much quicker to market changes – taking advantage of new trends or waiting on customer demand to update stock, printing only as many parts as needed. Mass customization, faster times to market, rapid prototyping, and making adjustments early in the development cycle will provide our customers a clear edge over their competitors.
Since the late 1980s, the aerospace industry has been using 3D printing to create lightweight components, tooling, functional prototypes, and more. Advances in 3D metal printing now allows for parts made with specialty metals. Printing metal parts eliminates the waste associated with traditional manufacturing while opening the doors to new design possibilities. Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) can be used to build parts out of titanium, aluminum, and Inconel. Aerospace is just one of many industries that enjoys the benefits of digital manufacturing, including / /
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The automotive and aerospace industries share many of the same engineering issues and benefit from 3D printing in similar ways. Additive manufacturing is used by the automotive industry for 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 an unprecedented level of personalized care. 3D printing gives the medical industry the ability to work rapidly across different applications including / /
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All retailers are aware of the fickle nature of consumers. Staying abreast of changing trends can mean the difference between a typical year and a successful year. Retailers and manufacturers are able to adapt to a changing marketplace quickly by leveraging the benefits of digital manufacturing. Advantages of using 3D manufacturing for consumer goods include / /
Industrial goods may include tooling, equipment, machinery, and parts used in the production of other goods. 3D printing provides the industrial goods industry the ability to respond immediately to machine breakdowns, supply chain issues, and consumer demands. Some of the benefits of using 3D printing for industrial goods include / /
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Range of Options / / We specialize in a hybrid approach to manufacturing, mixing the best of 3D printing and traditional machining to meet your needs. Parts can be made in a variety of materials, both metal and plastic, to suit your needs.
Manufacturing Capability / / No job is too big or too small. Need one part? We can do that. Need one million parts? We can do that, too. Our wide range of manufacturing technologies, from traditional to advanced, is at your fingertips.
Easy Quoting / / Fathom utilizes SmartQuote, a state-of-the-art on-demand online platform that provides our clients with unlimited access to additive manufacturing quotes and orders. Follow your project as it moves from design, to prototyping, to production from our online portal.
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