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Automotive Additive Manufacturing

Automotive Introduction

Fathom is a provider of additive manufacturing services for quick turnaround automotive prototypes and production manufacturing. Automobile manufacturers are faced with major challenges including energy efficiency and the reduction of CO2 emissions. Increased demands for customization result in the need for automotive manufacturers to embrace additive manufacturing for low-volume production.

Additive manufacturing, especially metal 3D printing, provides a new approach to the current challenges facing the automotive industry. It offers design freedom while allowing the creation of complex yet lightweight components.

Automotive additive manufacturing enables the production of components without the need for tools, thereby cutting development and production costs. The reproducible additive process results in parts that can be installed directly in serial production vehicles.

With additive manufacturing, automobile manufacturers can increase the efficiency of their research and development, enabling them to get their vehicles to market quickly.

Automotive Applications


Engine Parts //
3D printing technology can reduce engine production costs without compromising performance or reliability.

Battery Housings //
Custom enclosures can be easily manufactured for custom vehicle applications and racing.

Cooling Systems //
Additive allows for custom sizes and shapes. Custom internal channels can alter the flow of coolant for different cooling applications.

Lightweight Hinges & Brackets //
Hinges and brackets can be designed, produced and installed as integrated components.

Heat Exchangers //
Serial production of high-end, weight-optimized components for automotive applications.

Gears //
Reducing the mass of moving components is especially important since this directly enhances energy efficiency.

Example Projects

Comprehensive Capabilities for Rapid Manufacturing

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. 

90+ Machines  
SLS / / Two-day  SLA / / Next-day 
FDM / / Next-day DMLS / / Three-day 
PolyJet / / Same-day MJF / / Two-day

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30 Second Quotes
Prototype Tool / / As soon as 10 days
10K Parts / / 10 days
Production Tool / / As soon as 3 weeks

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3 & 5 Axis Milling & Turning
(Plastics, Composites and Metals)

Tolerance Accuracy Range
from +/-0.001″ to 0.005″

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Injection Molding Adjacent
without High Costs of Metal Tools

Most Commonly Used for High-Volume
Prototyping & Bridge to Production

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Finishing, Production Painting and Color Matching

Assembling, Including Embedded Electronic
Components, Threaded Inserts, and More

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CAD, DFAM and DFM Services

Apply Methods to Increase Speed
and Decrease Total Cost

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Highly Trained Staff / / Full-Time & Part-Time
Support as Short-Term & Long-Term Strategy

Decrease Downtime with Customizable
Staffing Accelerates Implementation

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Fathom is driven by advanced technologies and methods that enhance and accelerate today’s product development and production processes.