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Fiber Laser Cutting
Fiber laser cutting is an efficient manufacturing process that uses a high-power output and high-intensity level. Fiber laser cutting uses laser diodes transmitted through optical fibers to create desired cuts. Laser cutting machines make their cuts within an enclosure using no mechanical components. The process makes less noise while decreasing any personal risk to the machine operator. It also offers increased efficiency, accuracy and a lesser heat effected area than traditional CO2 lasers.
Water Jet Cutting
Water jet cutting is used when a project calls for flat parts, custom tooling and blanking parts that will be formed later in the manufacturing process. Water jet cutting utilizes a high-pressure pump which forces water through a nozzle to make precise cuts. The cut is facilitated a balance of volume and velocity. To make abrasive water cuts, a garnet or other abrasive substance is combined with water.
Microcut™ Micro Water Jet Cutting
Micro water jet cutting is the production of complex, tiny parts. Water jet cutting’s high level of accuracy is what facilitates the manufacturing of parts on a micro level. Microcut is a very unique technology that is is not widely available. So if your project could benefit from our Microcut technology, reach out to get a quote.
Wire EDM uses electrical currents to cut raw material. The cuts are made when the metal piece is submerged in a dielectric liquid where an electrically charged thin metal wire uses electrical sparks to melt the material. The spark’s voltage jumps the gap from the wire to the workpiece which creates the cut. The metal wire never contacts the workpiece. The fluid is used to cool, flush excess material, and control the spark.
Punching, blanking, bending, drawing and embossing, are just of the few of the processes used in stamping. During stamping, a blanked or coiled slit to width sheet metal is loaded in a press where the stamping tool strikes/stamps the material. The stamping tool or die contains the desired shape of the part.
Prototype etching may use photochemical machining, chemical milling or acid etching to make a part. Chemical etching offers a shorter lead time and inexpensive tooling, which make it an ideal process for prototyping. Material is selectively removed by using baths of temperature-controlled etching chemicals.
Production etching uses photochemical machining or chemical milling to make metal parts with high precision and intricacies. Production etching is perfect for transitioning prototypes into production because it offers a rapid turnaround, is cost-effective and has great design flexibility.
CNC punching uses a punch press machine that moves raw material in a 2-axis direction, positioning the workpiece beneath a punching ram. The punching ram punches a hole or form in the sheet metal. CNC punch press machines can have one head and tool rail design or a multi-turret design.
To weld, a combination of heat and pressure are used to join two or more pieces together. Welding services include arc welding, metal inert gas (MIG), tungsten inert gas (TIG), resistance spot welding, laser welding and oxyfuel welding and cutting. Spotwelding may also be used, which uses copper alloy electrodes to direct a welding current.
Fathom offers a complete sheet metal fabrication program, including hardware installation services. Our team can ensure efficiency and great quality for low- and high- volume production.
Fathom offers sanding and grinding services. Grinding removes weld or adds any desired cosmetic surface. Sanding removes scratches or burrs from parts after laser cutting or punching.
Liquid painting is a good match for projects that cannot use powder coating. The resulting finish can be corrosion resistant, custom colored and more.
When a metal workpiece is powder coated, it is covered in a uniform powder that is cured. The result of powder coating is a professional grade finish that may be smooth, textured, matte and more. Fathom offers a variety of different powder coating options.
Screen printing can be used to add a custom design to a part. Screen printing can result in various finishes and colors.
Assembly & Kitting
Fathom offers in-house assembly and kitting. Services include installing hardware, manual or automated process, and more. Fathom will ensure your finished part is to your exact specifications.