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Engineering and Design Support

The Engineering & Design team at Fathom is a group of experts with industry-leading additive manufacturing experience. These highly trained engineers and designers can be contracted to support your in-house design team throughout the product development process from prototyping to production. They help teams use additive technologies in conjunction with traditional manufacturing methods to drive greater innovations.

By contracting with Fathom, you can confidently develop products faster and in better ways that utilize the newest tools and cutting-edge technologies, materials and processes. Be on the forefront of innovative methods by plugging in our design, engineering and manufacturing resources throughout your product development process. It is our technology-neutral approach, dynamic resources, passionate experts and manufacturing agility that helps companies bring their parts from concept to reality.

The Engineering & Design team at Fathom has five areas of focus to best support you during your product development process.

Additive Manufacturing Expertise Fathom provides extensive know-how on designing for additive manufacturing with an affinity for applying additive in unique ways that address cost, time and geometry constraints of traditional processes. Designs, otherwise impossible to make, can be produced using additive processes.

  • Use Design Optimization with Generative Tools Specific to Additive
  • Apply Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) Applications & Development
  • Utilize Intricate Knowledge of Additive Materials & Processes
  • Access to Cutting-Edge Software Tools
  • Access to In-House Additive Equipment
  • Design Fixtures & Jigs Rapidly
Mechanical Concept Development Fathom offers creative yet simple design solutions to meet your product’s functional goals with the best production processes for each stage of development.

  • Device & Enclosure Development
  • Component Integration
  • Large-Scale Fabrications
  • CAD Experts in Multiple Software Formats
  • Iterative Design Using In-House Equipment Rapidly
  • Methods to Increase Speed & Decrease Cost of Development
Design For Manufacturing (DFM) Guidance Fathom’s in-house production capabilities are paired with a large network of specialists. Depend on our knowledge and resources to inform key design decisions—especially manufacturing nuances for your specific project. Our team works collaboratively, so we can carefully identify risks earlier in development and effectively meet challenging manufacturing demands.

  • Assembly Fixture & Jig Design
  • Design for Injection Molding
Industrial Design Support Fathom takes a holistic approach to industrial design on projects that further refine concepts to achieve elegant form and function, while also providing design-to-fabrication guidance at multiple stages of development.

  • Complex Surfacing
  • Form Finding
  • Rendering
  • Product Architecture
  • Additive Art & Large-Scale Installations
Advanced Prototyping Work with Fathom to build a prototype, whether its meant to impress investors or to successfully ramp-up for production and everything in between.

  • Expedited Prototyping With On-Site 3D Printing Services
  • In-House CNC Machining, Turning, Casting, Molding & Laser Cutting
  • Rapid Prototyping & Iterative Testing
  • Functional, Aesthetic or Fully-Integrated Prototypes

How the Fathom Team Can Support Your Product Development

Fathom experts recognize the value of having design and manufacturing collaboration early in the product development process—below are examples of how our diverse group of engineers, designers and builders can help guide your project from definition to production. You can plug us into various stages of your process where you need us most, whether that is for a single unit installation or a mass-produced product.

  • Define / / Every project has unique development and manufacturing challenges. Come to us with your concept and we’ll collaborate with you to further define your technical requirements. We will connect you with a logical prototype path while keeping an eye on the appropriate end-manufacturing processes.

  • Design & Rapid Prototype / / We’ll leverage our in-house fabrication resources and our network of approved vendors to develop 3D CAD concepts and quickly get concept prototypes in-hand for early-stage validation. We have direct access to industry-leading additive technologies, CNC machining, urethane casting, injection molding and expert model makers to help keep your project on schedule at record speeds.

  • Refined Design & Prototype Fabrication / / Our engineers and designers can help transition concepts into detailed 3D CAD that result in refined prototypes with integrated aesthetics and function.

  • Advanced Manufacturing / / We’ll help guide your team on a clear, risk-averse, low-volume production run path that utilizes cutting-edge manufacturing methods to ensure that design/engineering validation stages are efficiently and quickly executed.

A company’s need for total design freedom and faster speeds in their product development and manufacturing processes is Fathom’s sole focus. Start a conversation with us today, by talking with a Fathom specialist about your project goals.

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.