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Consumer vs Enterprise 3D Printing

Consumer vs. Enterprise 3D Printing

Consumer and enterprise 3D printing have been hurtling down the tracks of a roller coaster called The Gartner Hype Cycle. The path illustrates the maturity of emerging technologies as they pass through five key phases—technology trigger, peak of inflated expectations, trough of disillusionment, slope of enlightenment and plateau of productivity. While consumer 3D printing recently found itself in the trough of disillusionment after riding a peak of inflated expectations, enterprise 3D printing is much further down the tracks—serious digital fabrication is enabling companies put satellites into orbit, electric cars on freeways and everyday devices into peoples hands and homes. The Fathom team knows this firsthand, working with leading organizations to drive greater innovation and push the limits of manufacturing using 3D printing.

Gartners Research Vice President Pete Basiliere recently blogged about his visit to Fathom’s headquarters in Oakland, CA. He stopped by to learn more about what our experts are doing with additive technologies at the enterprise level. Check out what he had to say in his latest post, titled Doing What Was Once Unfathomable, now live on the Gartner blog.

To read the latest from Gartner on its hype cycle, check out 3 Trends Appear in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2016 by Kasey Panetta.

Gartner Credit / / What 3D Printing Means to Your Supply Chain and www.gartner.com/doc/3234217

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. 

3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing
90+ Machines  
SLS / / Two-day  SLA / / Next-day 
FDM / / Next-day DMLS / / Three-day 
PolyJet / / Same-day MJF / / Two-day
Injection Molding

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Prototype Tool / / As soon as 10 days

10K Parts / / 10 days

Production Tool / / As soon as 3 weeks

CNC Machining

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

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

Urethane Casting

Injection Molding Adjacent
without High Costs of Metal Tools

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

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