Fathom uses the latest plastic molding technology to deliver high-quality parts to its customers. Fathom can handle all your time-sensitive, highly complex, high-precision, short production run related projects.
Receive a quote in as little as 1 hour, usually within 24 hours, using Fathom’s SmartQuote online platform. For plastic molding or other manufacturing services, Fathom’s plastic molding lead times are as follows:
Fathom can help you find the best material for your plastic molding project. Our selection of raw materials includes crystallineand amorphous plastics. Each plastic has its unique features.
Crystalline plastics are hydrophobic and known for their chemical resistance, strength and stiffness. Polyethylene, polypropylene, polyetheretherketone and more are crystalline plastics.
Amorphous plastics have dimensional stability, are less likely to warp and offer excellent impact strength. Amorphous plastics include polystyrene, polycarbonate, ABS and more.
Polyethylene is used for warp resistance and stiffness applications. Polyethylene is durable, sustainable, and suitable for products used with food. PE is used for everything from buckets to appliance housings.
Polypropylene is heat, chemical, and fatigue resistant. Polypropylene can be combined with additives. It is flammable and vulnerable to UV radiation. Polypropylene is used to make water bottles, food containers and outdoor furniture.
ABS is strong, impact-resistant, and stiff. ABS is not sensitive to humidity or temperature. ABS is cost-effective and easy to manufacture. ABS is suitable for appliances, automotive parts and toys.
POM has good dimensional stability, high rigidity, and low friction. Polyoxymethylene is heat, flame, and chemical resistant. POM is used to produce medical devices, eyeglass frames, guns, automotive parts, etc.
Polystyrene is odorless and nontoxic. PS is used for single-use products, including cutlery and electronics. Polystyrene is one of the most used plastics in manufacturing.
After plastic molding, a part is transitioned to the finishing process. While some finishes may be used to change the appearance of a part, others add physical properties. Here are some of Fathom’s finishing processes.
|SURFACE FINISH||GUIDE||TYPICAL APPLICATIONS|
|Standard No Machine Mark||Tool Marks Removed||Low Cosmetic|
|SPI-C1||600 Stone||Low Polish Parts|
|SPI-B1||600 Grit Paper||Medium Polish Parts|
|SPI-A2||Grade #6 Diamond||High Polish Parts|
|SPI-A1||Grade #3||Lens or Mirror|
|IM-1 Light Bead Blast||Need 1 Degree Draft Angle|
|IM-2 Medium Bead Blast||Need 1.5 Degree Draft Angle|
|IM-3 Heavy Bead Blast||Need 3 Degree Draft Angle|
A: Yes, Fathom offers injection molding services.
A: Injection molding is a manufacturing process commonly used for plastic parts. During injection molding, molten plastic is injected into a two-part mold using high pressure. Once the part has cooled inside the mold, it is ejected. The part may or may not require a secondary finish.
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.
A: Yes, Fathom is ITAR certified. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.
A: Yes, Fathom is AS9100:2016. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.
A: Yes, Fathom’s certifications include NIST 800-171. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.
A: The cost of plastic molding depends on the complexity of the part, part size, tooling cost, equipment setup and configuration, materials used, and more. Contact Fathom today for a quote.
A: One of the costliest elements of plastic molding is the mold. While the initial investment is high, a single mold can produce millions of parts. The cost per part is cheaper when a large volume of parts is ordered.
A: For an accurate quote on plastic molding, submit your file to Fathom’s SmartQuote program. Our team will return your quote within 1 to 24 hours.
A: Production molds can produce millions of parts. Molds used for rapid prototyping are designed to produce thousands of parts.
Are you looking to get a quote on injection molding or calculate costs for an upcoming project? Fathom’s SmartQuote application provides fast quotes for any file.