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Additive Post-Processing Services
Let our artisans add value to your 3D-printed parts

Many manufacturers don’t offer post-processing services for the parts they produce – or severely limit your finishing and assembly options. We offer a comprehensive set of finishing services that can be customized to meet your needs and the capacity to get it done quickly and efficiently. How can we help you?

Got a special request? Bring it on! Talk to our experts about your needs now.

No More Compromises.
Get Exactly What You Need!

Our finishing and assembly services will skyrocket your parts to production quality for a complete and finished look. We offer complete finishing and final assembly services in-house—creating turnkey finishing services that are flexible, quality-driven and cost-efficient.

  • Fully finished parts include the following:
  • Painting single stage and base coat/clear coat
  • In-house color-matching and paint mixing using the Sikkens system
  • Adding textures
  • Applying graphics and labels
  • Resin impregnating
  • Final trimming and machining
  • Assembling, including embedded electronic components, threaded inserts and more

Model Car // This model was printed entirely using our in-house additive technologies and finished by hand by our Fathom post-processing division.

A Commitment to Craftsmanship

Our craftsmen and women go the extra mile to ensure that all your post-processing and finishing needs are met, quickly and efficiently, at the level of quality you expect.

During the last 20 years, the range of services they provide has expanded to meet a growing range of non-traditional customer needs. For example, they have built fiberglass layup body panels for prototype farm tractors, sleek landing light assemblies for private jets and much more.

Bring us your unique finishing and post-processing needs. We’ll work with you to figure out the best way to meet them – or alternate methods that can help you achieve a similar end result at a cost-effective rate. We’re problem-solvers!

You can count on Fathom to offer turnkey solutions to meet your custom requirements. We’ll tailor a solution to your specific needs, time constraints and budget.

Post-Processing Services
by Additive Technology

Here’s a breakdown of the post-processing and finishing services we provide for each of the seven additive technologies we offer.

PolyJet FDM SLS MJF SLA STEP DMLS
Sanded
Tumbled      
Media Blasting
Options // Glass bead, AL Oxide 100g, steel shot (shot peen)
 
Vapor Smoothed      
Polished with Optional Clearcoat          
Electrochemical Polished            
Painted (EMI-Shield) 
Painted (Sand & Paint - Non Cosmetic)
Painted (Sand & Paint - Cosmetic) 
Painted (Customer Spec Paint)
Specialty Coating*
Dyed          
Plated  
Decals  
Pad Printed  
Screen Printed
Inserts
Press-fit only for PolyJet and SLA; no heat inserts for PolyJet
Post Machined     
Assembly
Abrasive Flow Machining (Extrude Hone)            
Heat Treated            
Passivation            
HIP (Hot Isostatic Pressing)            
*Fathom supports a wide range of customer specifications, ranging from epoxy coating to specialized paint. Contact your sales representative to discuss the details of your project.

Benefits of Fathom’s Post-Processing Services

Why utilize Fathom’s high-quality post-processing services to enhance your 3D-printed parts? Here some valuable benefits:

A Cut Above the Rest // You won’t find this level of post-processing craftsmanship anywhere else. We have decades of experience finishing and assembling parts to meet our customers’ strict requirements.

Engineering Insights // As part of our DFM process, our experienced engineers can walk you through finishing options to help you select the approach that delivers the best results.

Simplify Your Supply Chain // Having us handle these steps in-house saves our customers time and money. Why dedicate precious factory space to finishing your parts when we can do it for you?

Only From Fathom // Many of our competitors don’t offer post-processing and finishing services. They prefer “print and ship” additive projects. We’re committed to meeting your needs, from design and prototyping to production and post-production.

Available Post-Processing Services

Sanding

Sanding is used to remove material left over from support structures and to remove layer lines that may appear on the surface of some 3D-printed parts.

Vapor Smoothing

AMT’s PostPro3D technology is a smart and automated post-processing solution for smoothing thermoplastic polymer 3D-printed parts. It provides a smooth finish that makes it easier to paint, coat or dye parts. It can also eliminate surface porosity and enhance their mechanical performance.

Coating

Coatings can provide corrosion resistance, enhanced adhesion qualities, surface protection, as well as improved visual and aesthetic properties.

Polishing

Certain types of 3D-printed parts can be processed in a tumbler with abrasive media to provide a smooth, highly polished finish.

Painting

Many types of 3D-printed parts can be primed and painted in a variety of colors to match your needs. Depending upon the additive technology used to build the parts, cleaning and surface preparation may be required before painting.

Dye

Dyeing is a preferred finishing method for complex part geometries where painting may be impractical. In this post-processing method, parts are submerged in a water-based, colored dye, which is absorbed into the surface of the material.

Plating

Electroplating can significantly boost the tensile strength of 3D-printed parts, making them almost as strong as metal parts.

Decals

Press-on, adhesive decals can be used to add company logos, safety warnings and other graphic treatments to your 3D-printed parts.

Pad Printing

Pad printing uses an etched pad coated with a thin layer of ink and a flexible silicone pad to transfer a design from the etched design onto the surface of a part. It’s often used to add labels, logos and other simple information to the surface of parts.

Machining

Post-machining may be used for applications where a part must meet tolerances that are tighter than 3D printing can support. The part is first designed with a machinable surface that is slightly larger than needed. It is then machined to achieve the desired size and tolerance.

Inserts

Often, 3D-printed parts are assembled with other components. To attach them, threaded inserts are often added to 3D-printed parts during post-processing. These may be heat staked or press fit into the part at the desired location and depth.

Assembly

In addition to 3D printing your parts, Fathom can assemble them for you, saving you valuable time and labor.

Case Studies //

Conformal Cooling

A leader in industrial closures and packaging components was having assembly issues in the field due to warping of a particular part feature, which limited its functionality. Fathom identified the source of the issue and engineered a solution using DMLS and CNC machining post-processing to deliver results that saved the customer valuable time and money.

Read the Case Study //

VSi Parylene

When Fathom’s Denver location built a stylish enclosure for VSi’s new vapor deposition machine, it not only condensed its product development cycle in half, but also provided extensive post-processing services, including sanding and grinding, powder coating, screen printing and mechanical assembly.

Read the Case Study //

Talk to an Expert

It’s time to stop compromising. Why not get your parts finished the way you want? Our craftspeople are ready to meet your post-processing needs.

Across National
Time Zones

Precision manufacturing
from coast to coast.

HEADQUARTERS //
1050 Walnut Ridge Drive
Hartland, WI 53029
877-328-4668

ARIZONA
444 W. 21st St. Ste. 101
Tempe, AZ 85282
480-966-2300

CALIFORNIA
46758 Lakeview Blvd
Fremont, CA 94538

COLORADO
7770 Washington St.
Denver, CO 80229
303-288-6855

FLORIDA
14000 N.W. 58th Court
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
305-889-3280

ILLINOIS
1207 Adams Drive
McHenry, IL 60051
815-385-7500

1401 Brummel Ave
Elk Grove, IL 60007
847-952-8088

MINNESOTA
13758 Johnson Street NE
Ham Lake, MN 55304
763-755-7575

NEW YORK
1920 Slaterville Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-277-7070

401 W. Shore Blvd.
Newark, NY 14513
315-331-7680

TEXAS
1513 Sam Bass Rd.
Round Rock, TX 78660
512-255-1477

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