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Air Logic’s COVID-19 Response Story // How Fathom Helped Make It Possible

The COVID-19 pandemic has united countless individuals, communities and businesses in the fight to slow and stop the proliferation of the virus. Businesses like Fathom and Air Logic, have leveraged their engineering expertise and design support to manufacture much-needed supplies for the medical community.

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Spiked Demand Due to Shortages
Soon after the pandemic hit, Air Logic was hit with an enormous increase in orders for a specific ventilator component—the diaphragm amplifier. They had produced the diaphragm amplifier since the 1960s, but due to low annual demand, there was no business reason to make improvements to the product, production process or assembly process in decades.

Diaphragm Amplifiers

Fathom Augments and Assists Air Logic’s Product Development

Typically, the team at Air Logic can handle most engineering, design, fabrication and production needs in-house. However, their resources were already over capacity fulfilling other orders while still maintaining safe operations. John Hayden, Air Logic Marketing Manager, reached out to the experts at Fathom to bridge this critical gap.

Diaphragm Amplifier Fixtures

“Fathom delivered some serious value to us this year during our ramp up and COVID-19 response,” states Hayden.

Fathom immediately took up the call to assist and started working with Air Logic to determine a way to combine two of the assembly processes into one. Reducing the number of assembly steps would eliminate double handing, rework and reduce production time. Hayden provided the idea which the team at Fathom took from concept to physical tooling in just days.

By focusing on how a product should function rather than how it’s made, companies can drive greater innovation and push the limits of manufacturing. Whether manufactured traditionally, additively or a hybrid of both, Fathom promotes an “outside-in” approach.

Fathom’s Rapid Manufacturing Methodologies

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Multi-Technology/Multi-Material: Delivering with Speed & Maintaining Superior Quality

All Parts Were //

This Quick Metal 3D Printing Turnaround Process Included //

  • Solid Modeling
  • Design Reviews
  • Construction
  • Assembly
  • Delivery

The first fixture, printed with an Aluminum Alloy, got Air Logic started, but they soon realized they wanted to make some improvements. Fathom updated the design and material.

The next two fixtures were printed using Stainless Steel which dramatically improved assembly and testing time. These revised fixtures have held up to the wear and tear of over 50,000 operations to date.

Working with Fathom provides immediate and comprehensive access to the most relevant equipment and experience in advanced manufacturing, engineering and prototyping. Fathom simply brings it all together. We boldly make the investments in our business and leverage our expertise to problem solve and deliver high-efficiency outcomes every time for our customers.

Special thanks to John Hayden, Marketing Manager, and Mara Alvarez, Marketing Assistant at Air Logic and the entire Fathom team.

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