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Finishing & Post Processing

Fathom Digital Manufacturing offers a wide suite of post-processing and finishing processes designed to meet the most demanding and precise project requirements. Whether your project is additive or advanced manufacturing, we offer the ancillary tools and processes to create an optimal finished product.

Below are some of our common finishing/post-processing options. Please Talk to An Expert for a process that may not be listed below:

  • Painting
  • Powder Coating
  • Decals
  • Pad Printing
  • Screen Printing
  • Transfers
  • Assembly
  • Drilling
  • Media Blast
  • Gear Cutting
  • Customized Shipping Crates
  • Grinding/Jig Grinding
  • EDM
  • Polishing
  • Plating (Standard)
  • Chem Film (Standard)
  • Anodization (Standard)
  • AMT Post Pro (Additive Manufacturing Only)
  • Arc Welding
  • Metal Inert Gas (MIG)
  • Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG)
  • Resistance Spot Welding
  • Laser Welding
  • Oxyfuel Welding & Cutting
  • Deburring

Assembly

Fathom Digital Manufacturing offers assembly and model finishing services that further enhance the look of your design, helping you achieve specific textures and colors. Our professional finishing services are often used for marketing photo shoots, tradeshows, internal presentations and more.

The key attributes to consider when approaching finishing for aesthetically-important parts are Color, Texture, Artwork and Assembly.


FINISHING GRADE LEVELS GRADE LEVEL DESCRIPTION ADVANTAGES & CONSIDERATIONS
AA
(ULTRA HIGH)
High-Resolution Photo-Ready Parts
  • $$$$
  • High-Resolution Product Photography or Video
  • Deep, Vibrant Colors, Lustrous Gloss
  • Fine, Satin & Matte Finishes
  • Products receiving this level of finish are typically no longer in the experimenting or testing phase & have high-quality renderings &/or production CMF documents
A
(HIGH)
Trade Show or Presentation Parts
  • $$$
  • Pre-Production samples for marketing or sales teams to handle and discuss with potential customers (“looks-like, works-like” models)
B
(MID)
Concept Models, Aesthetic Experimentation or Part Comparisons
  • $$
  • Comparing different colors or aesthetic styles/palettes, evaluating aesthetic considerations for functional models

 

C
(LOWEST)
Concept Validation & Non-Aesthetic Parts
  • $
  • Stock Colors Only
  • Matte Finish Only
  • Internal Meetings, concept validation, overcoming aesthetic challenges when a particular material or process is needed for other reasons

 


Color / /

Fathom commonly uses the Pantone Matching System and can match custom blended paints to any color code or paint swatch (subject to review by Fathom production manager). Paint is applied using a variety of methods, dependent on color, glossy/matte and the specific texture desired.

Texture / /

The most common method for selecting texture is by calling out a Mold-Tech texture. Paint textures are approximated to the model—options include light, medium or heavy. Fathom offers AMT PostPro3D finishing for SLS, FDM and MJF 3D printing technologies. This post-processing technique eliminates the need for time-consuming sanding or other surface smoothing processes. Utilizing the PostPro3D for end-use parts is a great option for projects on a tight product development schedule.

Assembly / /

If your model is comprised of multiple parts, assembly is the final step. If painting is required, colors are often applied to separated components to maintain very crisp, clean lines. Masking is available, but it is a less preferred method, as it can bleed. Models are either glued using an adhesive and/or assembled using fasteners depending on application.

Stock Components / /

A common aspect of model finishing is the inclusion of stock components such as fasteners and metal inserts. These items are usually applied in the assembly process. In most cases, these additions are for their functional properties. For example, adding a metal threaded insert allows for more durable threads when an item requires screws or bolts in the assembly process.

Artwork / /

High-quality finished models often need to include lettering and logos. The artwork is applied using a variety of methods depending on the shape of the surface it is being applied to, the number of colors and the level of detail. The most common methods are transfers, stickers, screen prints and pad prints. In most cases, a clear finishing coat is applied to protect the artwork as well as the paint on the model.

Start a conversation with a Fathom expert today to discuss your assembly and finishing needs.


Manufacturing Locations Across National Time Zones
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HEADQUARTERS

1050 Walnut Ridge Drive
Hartland, WI 53029
ISO 9001:2015
AS9100:2016
ITAR

ARIZONA

444 W. 21st St. Ste. 101
Tempe, AZ 85282
ISO 9001:2015
NIST800-171 Compliant
ITAR

COLORADO

7770 Washington St.
Denver, CO 80229
ISO 9001:2015
ITAR

MINNESOTA

13758 Johnson Street NE
Ham Lake, MN 55304

TEXAS

1801 Rowe Lane
Pflugerville, TX 78660
ISO 9001:2015
AS9100:2016

1513 Sam Bass Rd
Round Rock, TX 78681
ISO 9001:2015
ISO 13485:2016

CALIFORNIA

620 3rd Street
Oakland, CA 94607
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified
NIST 800-171 Compliant
ITAR

FLORIDA

14000 N.W. 58th Court
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified
ISO 13485:2016


 

NEW YORK

1920 Slaterville Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
ITAR

401 W. Shore Blvd.
Newark, NY 14513
AS9100:2016
ISO 9001:2015
ITAR

ILLINOIS

1207 Adams Drive
McHenry, IL 60051

1401 Brummel Ave
Elk Grove, IL 60007
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified