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High Quality at Low Volumes

Fathom can provide quick turn 3D prototyping, low-volume production and sub-assembly operations. Our experienced engineering staff and quality craftsmen can assist in determining the best approach to meet or exceed your expectations regarding production needs, costs and schedules.

Your final product will be unmatched in quality, precision and finish. We can also offer turnkey solutions to your custom requirements. If you need a one-of-a-kind specialty device or light-to-medium production volumes, we can assist you.

Whether pilot production or discontinued service parts, Fathom offers a broad range of services ranging from traditional hard- and soft-tooled molds to a direct digital additive manufacturing program.

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What is Low Volume Manufacturing?

Low-volume manufacturing is a phrase used to describe the mass production of custom or niche products in a small volume. Using traditional manufacturing methods, low volume manufacturing could prove to be expensive as the cost of manufacturing is divided between each part produced. The overhead costs of traditional manufacturing methods involve tooling, materials and labor. Thanks to a hybrid approach that incorporates both conventional manufacturing methods additive manufacturing, the cost of low volume manufacturing has decreased. With additive manufacturing, the cost of entry is less, there is less material wasted and less labor.

While traditional manufacturing methods such as plastic injection molding may still be the best choice when your projects require a higher volume of parts, low volume production has seen a steady surge of popularity in recent years. Many industries have discovered that additive manufacturing for low volume production allows them to spend less time and money on materials and tooling while getting to market faster. Additive manufacturing has also allowed brands to respond to design changes quickly.

Advantages of Low Volume Production

There are many advantages to low volume production and producing less can certainly benefit your business. Some of the benefits of low volume manufacturing include:

  • Get to market faster: Depending on the technology chosen, you can get to market within a matter of days or a few weeks instead of months. Some industries change at a rapid pace and low volume production can help you work with these challenges.
  • Customer feedback: Gather customer feedback before doing high volume production
  • Reduce the cost of tooling: Depending on the process chosen, you can quickly change up your product’s size or adjust the design without changing the total number of products needed. The result is greater flexibility and savings while reducing waste.
  • Shortened lead times: For high volume production, the mold can take up to a month to make. By using additive manufacturing or 3D printing processes, there is no need to wait for a mold or tooling, which significantly shortens the lead time.
  • Respond quickly to design changes, which leads to reduced costs and shorter production time

Low Volume Production Processes

Fathom is capable of many different technologies that are capable of small-batch production with customization. Whether you select our injection molding, CNC machining, or 3D printing and manufacturing technology, you will be impressed by our quick, efficient and high-quality service.

About Injection Molding

At the beginning of the injection molding process, a custom mold is produced based on the project’s specifications. The material selected is then heated into a liquid state and added to the mold’s cavity. The material cools inside the mold. Once the part has cooled, the mold ejects the part and the machine resets to repeat the process.

How does Injection Molding Benefit Low Volume Production?

  • Higher-strength
  • Durable
  • Weather-resistant
  • Scalable
  • Repeatable
  • Wide variety of materials

About CNC Machining

Computer numerical control (CNC) machining is a manufacturing process during which a pre-programmed computer software directs the movement of factory machinery and tools. CNC machining can control a variety of complex machinery, from mills and routers to grinders and lathes. Using CNC machining allows three-dimensional cutting tasks to be accomplished with a single set of prompts. This process has become popular because there is no need for a live operator to push levers, buttons and wheels. Once a CNC machine has been activated, the cuts are programmed into the software and then communicated to the tools and machinery which perform the task, similar to a robot.

How does CNC Machining Benefit Low Volume Production?

  • Quicker turnaround
  • Minimal monetary investment in tooling and prep
  • Scalable
  • Wide variety of materials
  • Accurate
  • Repeatable

About 3D Printing and Manufacturing / Additive Manufacturing

3D printing, sometimes referred to as additive manufacturing, is a process in which a part is built in successive layers. First, a designer creates a blueprint using CAD or computer-aided-design software. Alternatively, a scan of an object may be taken. The software then builds the design layer by layer, making instructions for the additive manufacturing machine to follow. The design is then fed to the device and the product is produced.

How Does Additive Manufacturing Benefit Low Volume Production?

  • Weight reduction
  • Shorter lead times/reduction of build time
  • Easy tooling change
  • Less labor
  • Design freedom/customization
  • Complex and delicate parts
  • Easily recreate legacy parts
  • Bridge production

Which Industries Use Low Volume Production

Fathom has been assisting a wide range of businesses with their low volume production needs. Having worked on various parts, we are experts in matching the best technology and materials for each project. Some of the industries we have worked with on low volume production jobs include:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Consumer products
  • Energy
  • Electronics
  • Education
  • Industrial
  • Medical and Dental
  • Robotics

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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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