Fathom is hiring for multiple positions across our 12 nationwide sites! To see all open positions, click here.

logo fathom

CHANGE IS ADDITIVE—A 3D Printing News Series by Fathom

Change Is Additive—Week of 3/10/2017

CHANGE IS ADDITIVE—A 3D Printing News Series by Fathom

Biomimetic 3D Printing Imitates Shells, 3D Printed Parts Used at Nuclear Plant, New Materials from Stratasys, Additive Excavator Proves Durability, Fords New 3D Printing Methodology

With so many weekly developments in a fast-changing industry like additive manufacturing, the headlines can really stack up. To cut through the clutter of 3D printing news, check out these staff picks of the week. What do you think is the most impactful development?

Fords New 3D Printer Opens Design Possibilities

The Ford Motor Company has a new tool in its arsenal, the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D Printer. Unlike most commercial printers, the Stratasys doesnt use filament or resin. Instead, it uses a proprietary micro-pellet powder thats almost like sand. The thermoplastic, pelletized material is fed along a screw drive and heated until liquefaction before its shot out of a print head. A robotic arm refills material canisters when needed, which means the machine can operate on big jobs for many hours or even days / / Read More / / Watch Video

3D Printed Excavator Proves Durability

Project AME, a cross-discipline and cross-departmental collaboration led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, recently unveiled its culmination, a fully 3D printed excavator.

The project, undertaken in order to demonstrate possibilities in  large-scale additive materials technologies, corroborated the feasibility of 3D printing with metal alloys and the strength of high-performance 3D printed plastics / / Watch Video // Read More

Siemens 3D Prints Part for Nuclear Power Plant

Siemens recently announced that it has used 3D printing to create a crucial replacement part for a nuclear power plant in Slovenia. This part is particularly notable because its implementation required undergoing stringent certification and qualification processes / / Read More


Researching Shell Structure for Biomimetic Additive Manufacturing

The Danish Council for Independent Research Technology and Production Sciences has funded research into the structural engineering of materials in oyster and abalone shells. Using 3D printing to test parametric models, researchers have been able to closely imitate the naturally occurring structures in order to better understand their unique strength // Read More


MIT Researchers Turn Common Organic Polymer into 3D Printing Material

Researchers at MIT have developed a technique for 3D printing with cellulose acetate, a cellulose material with a reduced number of hydrogen bonds. Unlike other forms of cellulose, cellulose acetate can be dissolved in acetone and extruded through the nozzle of a 3D printer.

“After we 3D print, we restore the hydrogen bonding network through a sodium hydroxide treatment,” explains MIT researcher Sebastian Pattinson, lead author of the research paper documenting the cellulose 3D printing study. “We find that the strength and toughness of the parts we get…are greater than many commonly used materials.” These materials include ABS and PLA / / Read More



3D Print This Headphone Stand

This fully 3D printable design is available from Thingiverse / / Download


To start a conversation about a project or discuss a quote for 3D printing, CNC machining, urethane casting, rapid tooling, injection molding or R&D contract services, send us a request for quote. Fathom is also an authorized partner of Stratasys. Get a quote for a professional 3D printer today!

Imagery and News Sources: 3Ders.org, 3Dprint.com, 3D Printingindustry.com, Ford, Stratasys, Project AME, ORNL, Siemens, Danish Council for IRTPS, MIT, Thingiverse 

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

Get A Quote

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

Get A Quote

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

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

Get A Quote

Injection Molding Adjacent
without High Costs of Metal Tools

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

Get A Quote

Finishing, Production Painting and Color Matching

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

Get A Quote

CAD, DFAM and DFM Services

Apply Methods to Increase Speed
and Decrease Total Cost

Get A Quote

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

Decrease Downtime with Customizable
Staffing Accelerates Implementation

Get A Quote

Let’s get started.

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


Manufacturing Locations Across National Time Zones
Manufacturing Locations Across National Time Zones
The Fathom Advanced Manufacturing Platform
new map update 3

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


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


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


13758 Johnson Street NE
Ham Lake, MN 55304


1801 Rowe Lane
Pflugerville, TX 78660
ISO 9001:2015

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


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


14000 N.W. 58th Court
Miami Lakes, FL 33014


1920 Slaterville Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850

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


1207 Adams Drive
McHenry, IL 60051
ISO 9001:2015

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

fathom yellow color logo