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Technologies for Any Size Model

From the smallest products to full-scale industrial models, take advantage of Fathom’s full spectrum of in-house additive manufacturing technologies to build your conceptual models. Fathom’s comprehensive capabilities allow for visualization and fully functional demonstration models. We treat large models as we do large prototypes. They need to measure up to the same rigor and abuse as real-world parts do—and sometimes more. Numerous materials are possible for creating aesthetic, functional models and large prototypes. Fathom can tailor models to your specific needs, time constraints and budget.

Our Model Making & Large Prototype Services Include //

Industries & Types of Models We Work With //

  • Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM)
  • Photo-Ready Consumer Products
  • Exhibition Models
  • Machinery
  • Trade Shows
  • Military Equipment

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Types of 3D Printing Prototypes

There are many different kinds of prototypes, and depending on what stage your project is in, the product development process will determine which type of prototype will work best. 

  • Visual Prototype / / A visual prototype can illustrate a product’s color, size and geometric features, but not the texture, feel, or weight of a product. Visual prototypes are primarily used for photography needs to create marketing assets.
  • Working Prototype / / A physical prototype allows a brand to test a finished product’s functionality, but does not have the same appearance as a finalized product. The purpose of the physical prototype is to determine if the final product will serve its purpose or if any design changes need to be made to improve it. 
  • User Experience Prototype / / A user experience prototype has the same appearance and functionality as a final product. It can be presented to the end-user for research and allows for consumer testing to determine if a product is user-friendly and provides customer satisfaction. Customers can interact with the prototype, allowing valuable data to be gathered. There may still be opportunities for improvement made possible by the user experience prototype. 
  • Functional Prototype / / A functional prototype has the same appearance and full functionality as the final product. It may be made using different materials and/or manufacturing methods than the final product. It can be used to gain funding for mass production or for licensing. 

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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. 

90+ Machines  
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FDM / / Next-day DMLS / / Three-day 
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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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