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  • DMLS Parts In As Soon As 3 Days
  • Complex Metal Parts From A Variety of Alloys
  • Functional Metal Prototypes & End-Use Parts
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Metal 3D Printing Quotes

Using the latest in metal 3D printing technologies, Fathom delivers high-quality parts to its customers. Partner with Fathom on your highly complex, high-precision, short production run, and time-sensitive project.

How Metal Printing Quotes are Estimated / /

Metal 3D printing estimates are based on the design, raw material selected, quantity ordered and turnaround time.

Design Details

Parts with complex geometries can be produced cost-effectively using metal 3D printing technologies. The design should focus on the part’s performance while reducing the number of parts required to complete a larger piece. It is important to consider removing unnecessary material when possible to reduce cost.

Materials Involved

Metal 3D printing is suitable for a wide range of metals, from aluminum to alloy. The better the performance properties, the more expensive the metal. To reduce costs, pick a metal based on how the part should perform and the environment in which it will operate.

Quantity Needed

When a project requires a lower volume or multiple customizations, metal 3D printing is often a good solution. Metal 3D printing facilitates greater design flexibility as it does not require tools to be developed for every part. A project requiring multiple versions of a single part can be produced cost-effectively using metal Additive or 3D priting technologies.

Turnaround Time

Since secondary processes like finishing and assembly are often not needed after metal 3D printing, turnaround times are reduced. Post-processing is available for projects requiring a higher quality finish, including abrasive blasting, shot peening, electroplating, etc.  You can lower costs and turnaround times by working with an all-in-one manufacturer that offers metal 3D printing and secondary finishing services.

Metal 3D Printing Quote Times / /

Submit your design to Fathom’s SmartQuote online platform for a quote in as little as 1 hour, usually within 24 hours. Are you ready for a quote or want to learn more about another manufacturing service? Fathom’s metal prototype lead times are as follows:

  • Parts as fast as 5 days

Metal 3D Printing Services Offered By Fathom / /

Metal 3D printing, sometimes referred to as Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM) or Selective Laser Melting (SLM), is one of the additive layer technologies offered by Fathom. During the DMLS process, a laser beam melts 20-60 micron layers of powdered metal on top of each other, creating a part out of a bed of powdered metal. DMLS is one of 28 manufacturing services offered by Fathom.

Additive Manufacturing

  • FDM
  • SLS
  • SLA
  • Polyjet
  • MJF
  • DMLS
  • DLS
  • STEP (Evolve)

CNC Machining

  • CNC (3 & 5 Axis)
  • CNC Lathe
  • Precision Grinding
  • Wire & Sinker EDM

Injection Molding

  • Injection Molding
  • Tooling
  • Compression Molding

Metal Cutting and Forming

  • Thermoforming
  • Sheet Metal Punching
  • Sheet Metal Cutting
  • Metal Forming
  • Laser Cutting
  • Water Jet Cutting
  • Chemical Etching
  • Welding
  • Micro Cutting

Standalone

  • Die Casting
  • Urethane Casting
  • Composite Layups
  • Extrusion
  • Post Processing & Finishing
    • Pad Printing
    • Powder Coating
    • Bead Blasting
    • Surface Grinding
    • Polishing
    • Anodize
    • Powder Coat Passivate
    • Chemfilm
    • Vacuum Metallization
    • Silkscreen
    • Plating
    • Tumbled

Metal 3D Printing Machines Used by Fathom / /

Fathom’s manufacturing network includes over 530 machines, including mills, lathes, presses, press brakes, turret punches and additive systems. Over 12 high-precision direct metal laser sintering machines are used to create metal 3D printed parts.

In addition to metal 3D printing technologies, Fathom also offers hybridized services leveraging multiple types of 3D printing. Does your complex project require metal 3D printing? Fathom can get it done. Check out the case study below where Fathom delivered 20,000 parts within a 27-day timeline, using over 55 tools, including multiple 3D printing services.

Case Study //

Real Customers. Real Results.

A customer came to Fathom with a complex project that spanned the technologies and processes of rapid production—and needed it done fast. Fathom delivered.

20,000 Parts // Within 27 Days
55+ Tools to Injection Mold 15,000 Parts First Article in 2 Weeks
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55+ Tools to Injection
Mold 15,000 Parts

First Article in 2 Weeks

3,000+ 3D Printed Parts
3,000

3,000+ 3D
Printed Parts

2,000+ Metal Fabricated Parts
2,000

2,000+ Metal
Fabricated Parts

Hybridized Services Used //

3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing—PolyJet, SLS, MJF.

DFM Analysis + CAD Mods.

CNC Machining. Laser Cutting.

Stamping. Die Cutting. Post-Opp Drilling.

24-hour Turnaround Urethane Casting.

Injection + Compression Molding.

Model Finishing. Insert Assembly.

Advanced Project Management.

Fathom’s Locations for Metal 3D Printing / /

Fathom has US-based locations that offer Metal 3D printing with nationwide coverage to the entire United States. Fathom’s advanced prototyping and manufacturing services include injection molding, CNC machining, chemical etching, metal 3D printing, etc. We have provided over 200,000 quotes to leading US companies and are ready to provide you with a quote today.

Locations include:

HEADQUARTERS
1050 Walnut Ridge Drive
Hartland, WI 53029
ISO 9001:2015
AS9100:2016
ITAR

Metal 3D Printing Specifications and Tolerances / /

Metal 3D printing can create metal parts that are durable, complex, intricate and elaborate. To lower costs, the part can be designed to use minimal support structures. The orientation of the part during printing can affect the surface finish. Parts with upward-facing surfaces have sharper edges and a better finish. Wall thickness, pin diameter, hole size, escape holes, overhangs, unsupported edges, aspect ratio, and tolerances all vary based on the method of 3D printing used.

Material Alloy Designation Layers Hardness Advantages Applications
Stainless Steel (PH1) 15-5 PH, DIN 1.4540 & UNS S15500 20 or 40 Micron Layers 30-35 HRC Built, Post Hardened to 40 HRC High Hardness & Strength Prototype / Production Parts
Stainless Steel (GP1) 17-4, European 1.4542, German X5CrNiCuNb16-4 20 or 40 Micron Layers 230 ± 20 HV1 Built, Ground & Polished to 250-400 HV1 High Toughness & Ductility Engineering Applications
Cobalt Chrome (MP1) ISO 5832-4 & ASTM F75 20, 40 or 50 Micron Layers 35-45 HRC Built High Temperature Resistance Turbines & Engine Parts
Maraging Steel (MS1) 18% Ni Maraging 300, European 1.2709, German X3NiCoMoTi 18-9-5 20 or 40 Micron Layers 33-37 HRC Built, Post Hardened to 50-56 HRC Easily Machinable & Excellent Polishability Injection Molding Tooling, Conformal Cooling
Aluminum AlSi10Mg Typical Casting Alloy 30 Micron Layers Approx. 119 ± 5 HBW Low Weight, Good Thermal Properties Automotive, Racing
Nickel Alloy IN718 UNS N07718, AMS 5662, AMS 5664, W.Nr 2.4668, DIN NiCr19Fe19NbMo3 40 Micron Layers 30 HRC Built, Post Hardened 47 HRC Heat & Corrosion Resistant Turbines, Rockets, Aerospace
Stainless Steel (316L) ASTM F138 20 Micron Layers 85 HRB Corrosion & Pitting Resistant Surgical Tools, Food & Chemical Plants
Titanium Ti-64* ASTM F2924 30 or 60 Micron Layers 320 ± 15 HV5 Light Weight, High Strength & Corrosion Resistant Aerospace, Motorsport Racing
Titanium Ti-64 ELI* ASTM F136 Properties 30 or 60 Micron Layers 320 ± 15 HV5 Corrosion Resistance, Biocompatibility Medical, Biomedical, Implants

Metal 3D Printing Materials List  / /

Fathom offers high-quality metal 3D printing. Materials available include:

Metal Printing Finishing Processes / /

When a part undergoes finishing, it can achieve a professional surface finish. Finishing can add rust resistance, strength, metal conductivity and an improved appearance. Fathom’s finishing services include shot peening, electrochemical polishing, CNC finishing and more.

Abrasive Blast (Grit & Ceramic)

Abrasive blasting can remove imperfections, rust and other contaminants from a part’s surface. Abrasive blasting is often used to prepare a part for a coating application. Different abrasive blasting methods include micro-abrasive blasting, bristle blasting, bead blasting and more. Steel grit, silicon carbide, pumice and other abrasives are used for abrasive blasting.

Shot Peen

Shot peening can enhance a part’s strength and reduce its stress profile. During shot peening, the part is hit with multiple shots that leave deformities on the part’s surface. The process adds a compressive stressed layer.

Optical Polish

Optical polishing creates a microfinish or superfinish on a part’s surface in preparation for further processing. The process is best for projects with geometries in low quantities that are not tolerance dependent. Optical polishing is cost-effective and provides a brilliant finish.

Electrochemical Polishing

Electrochemical polishing produces a mirror-like finish on metal parts. Electrochemical polishing can also be used to prepare a part of further finishing. The part is placed in an electrolytic solution with a copper or lead cathode during the process. The electric current moves through the solution, smoothing the part’s surface.

Abrasive Flow Machining

Abrasive flow machining can deburr and polish a part. During abrasive flow machining, a chemically inactive media works to polish the part and remove unwanted material.

Electroplating

Electroplating adds a metal layer to the outside of a part, increasing its strength and durability. Electroplating dissolves metal in an electrolytic solution and transfers it onto the part’s surface. Some of the most common metals used during electroplating are copper and zinc.

Micro Machining Process (MMP)

Micro machining uses great technical precision to preserve the geometries of a part while adding a mirror-like finish. During MMP, the part is mapped by a profilometer to generate a roughness profile. The component is then transitioned to the MMP envelope, where micro-milling cutters polish the part.

CNC Finishing/Machining

CNC finishing or machining adds wear resistance, metal conductivity, strength, rust resistance, etc. CNC finishing can improve a part’s appearance and prepare it for a final coating. Finishing may involve powder coating, bead blasting, passivation and anodizing.

Metal 3D Printing Quotes FAQs / /

Q: Is Fathom ISO certified?

A: Fathom’s certifications include ISO 9001:2015, ISO 9001:2015 Design, and ISO 13485:2016. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Is Fathom ITAR certified?

A: Yes, Fathom is ITAR certified. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Is Fathom AS9100:2016 certified?

A: Yes, Fathom is AS9100:2016. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Is Fathom NIST 800-171 certified?

A: Yes, Fathom’s certifications include NIST 800-171. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Can 3D printers do metal?

A: Yes, 3D printers can print metal.

Q: Is 3D metal printing cost-effective?

A: The cost of metal 3D printing depends on the complexity of the design, raw material selected, desired turnaround time and more.

Q: When was 3D metal printing invented?

A: Metal 3D printing was invented in 1995 by the Fraunhofer Institute ILT in Germany.

Q: Where is metal 3D printing used?

A: Metal 3D printing is used to make finished parts for many different industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical and more.

How to Get Metal 3D printing Quotes / /

Are you looking to get Metal 3D printing quotes or calculate costs for an upcoming project? Fathom’s SmartQuote application provides fast quotes for any file.

Manufacturing Locations Across National Time Zones
Manufacturing Locations Across National Time Zones
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HEADQUARTERS

1050 Walnut Ridge Drive
Hartland, WI 53029
ISO 9001:2015
AS9100:2016
ITAR

ARIZONA

444 W. 21st St. Ste. 101
Tempe, AZ 85282
ISO 9001:2015
NIST800-171 Compliant
ITAR

COLORADO

7770 Washington St.
Denver, CO 80229
ISO 9001:2015
ITAR

MINNESOTA

13758 Johnson Street NE
Ham Lake, MN 55304

TEXAS

1801 Rowe Lane
Pflugerville, TX 78660
ISO 9001:2015
AS9100:2016

1513 Sam Bass Rd
Round Rock, TX 78681
ISO 9001:2015
ISO 13485:2016

CALIFORNIA

620 3rd Street
Oakland, CA 94607
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified
NIST 800-171 Compliant
ITAR

FLORIDA

14000 N.W. 58th Court
Miami Lakes, FL 33014

NEW YORK

1920 Slaterville Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
ITAR

401 W. Shore Blvd.
Newark, NY 14513
AS9100:2016
ISO 9001:2015
ITAR

ILLINOIS

1207 Adams Drive
McHenry, IL 60051
ISO 9001:2015

1401 Brummel Ave
Elk Grove, IL 60007
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified

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