Fathom’s Largest Expansion To Date
The factory of the future is now. While many futurists have over-speculated the factory of the future, we have been busy building one—and we are announcing our largest square footage expansion to date.
“Our customers’ needs for design freedom and faster speeds are the base of everything we do—Fathom’s newly expanded Oakland production space is a direct result of the growing need for hybridized manufacturing-based services,” said Michelle Mihevc, Fathom Co-Founder and Principal. “It’s gratifying to help people create products that were previously unmakeable and we’re lucky to do that every day with innovative companies, large and small.”
Rich Stump and Mihevc started Fathom in 2008, during a time when the manufacturing industry at large was ready for change. Despite the economic challenges of the time, Stump and Mihevc set out to change the way products are designed and manufactured by blending foundational manufacturing technologies with 3D printing and additive-based fabrication.
“Fathom’s hybridized manufacturing approach combines the best aspects of additive and traditional manufacturing technologies,” said Stump, Fathom Co-Founder and Principal. “Advanced prototyping, low-volume manufacturing—modern production that harnesses the latest techniques while leveraging proven methods of fabrication to create innovative products at top speed.”
We are braving the unknowns and challenging industry hype. Our team of experts are condensing the product development timeline, reducing total cost of project ownership and helping companies bring paradigm-shifting products to market faster. We are defying what designers and engineers know about the triangle of quality, cost and time. It is our proven process focused on speed and our ever-expanding knowledge base that leads us to make the unmakeable.
“2016 has been a banner year for Fathom and we’re thankful to Oakland and the greater Bay Area community that has continued to support us,” said Stump. “This expansion represents our commitment to hybridized manufacturing as essential to product creation. We’re not waiting for ‘the factory of the future.’ We’re making it happen, right here in Oakland.”
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Questions & Answers
Fathom has offices and productions centers located in Oakland, CA and Seattle, WA—where is the expansion taking place? Construction is underway at our Oakland location.
Fathom announced an expansion at its Oakland office just last year (read the blog)—how many more square feet are being added this year? The current construction expands Fathom’s manufacturing floor by 11,000+ square feet.
Fathom sells Stratasys 3D printing equipment and offers hybridized manufacturing services—how does this expansion affect its overall service offering? The expansion will support greater capacity for Fathom’s existing service offering of prototype fabrication and low volume manufacturing by way of 3D printing, CNC machining, urethane casting, rapid tooling, injection molding, and contract R&D services, to name a few.
Fathom’s manufacturing floor expansion kicked off in April of 2016—when will the production center be complete and how can I schedule a tour? At this time, the expansion project will be completed by the third quarter of this year. If youd like to schedule a tour of the new facility when it is completed, you can set-up an appointment to meet with an account manager (please use the form on the right). You can also schedule a visit to tour our operational production center in Oakland and Seattle—both facilities are active and always available for tours by appointment.