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Generative Design Fathom Awards

Generative Design / / Fathom Awards

Each year, the employees of Fathom come together torecognize and honorour most outstanding peers with unique trophiesthat embody the company theme of the year.One of Fathom’s yearly themes is “Make The Unmakeable” (also the name of last years three-part contest hosted by Fathom, GrabCAD and SolidProfessor),and with that motivation in mind, the Fathom design team set out to utilize a distinctive combination of additive and legacy manufacturing methods and materials.



Making Fathom’s Generatively Designed 3D Printed Employee Awards

Fathom Industrial Designers Aaron Porterfield and Ava DeCapri sought to embrace the beautiful simplicity of materials and unique geometries available through Selective Laser Sintering, while also showcasing some of the more traditional capabilities of Fathom’s production center, in this case CNC machining and laser etching.

DeCapri and Porterfield designed a delicate, nest-like shape utilizing generative design with 3D printed Selective Laser Sintered Nylon, resting on an etched block of solid Black Maple wood. Inside the SLS structure is a 3D scanned and 3D printed replica of the recipient of the award, 3D printed in PolyJet on the Objet500 Connex3.

“This year our team has been exploring generative designs or designs based on a set of rules or algorithms to create form,” DeCapri said. “Aaron created a script that generated the form that was ultimately used in the final trophy. Using a script allowed us to create complex geometry, quickly and play around with different configurations with ease. The mesh-like structure can also be seen as an homage to the triangular mesh surfaces that are inherent in 3D printing.”

DeCapri and Porterfield anticipate that more commercially available products will shift to using generative design and additive manufacturing techniques similar to those used in the designing of the trophy, due to their high degree of customizability and aesthetically dynamic appearance.

Fathom has created other trophies showcasing additive manufacturing for various industries and organizations, including the East Bay EDA Innovation Awards and Make The Unmakeable Challenge Awards .

Fathom is creating the trophies for the East Bay EDA Innovation Awards ceremony for the fourth year in a row—coming soon!

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

30 Second Quotes

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