Fathom produces high-quality parts for its customers by using the latest metal 3D printing technologies. Work with Fathom on your highly complex, short production run related, high-precision and time-sensitive projects.
Steel parts produced using 3D printing technologies are highly durable with a superior finish. In addition, parts can be made without forging or traditional machining. 3D printing can also be used to create components needed to repair costly and complex existing parts.
Fathom offers additive layer technologies, including steel 3D printing. During the 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. Steel 3D printing is one of 28 manufacturing technologies offered by Fathom.
Use Fathom’s SmartQuote online platform to receive a quote in as little as 1 hour, usually within 24 hours. Would you like to learn about Fathom’s other manufacturing services? Do you want a quote on a steel 3D printing project? Fathom’s metal prototype lead times are as follows:
Fathom’s manufacturing services are facilitated by over 530 machines, including lathes, mills, presses, press brakes, turret punches and additive systems. Fathom has over 12 DMLS machines for metal 3D printing.
Fathom offers metal 3D printing services in addition to hybridized services leveraging 3D printing of all kinds. Do you need metal 3D printing for your complex project? Fathom can handle it. In a recent case study, Fathom delivered over 20,000 parts in 27 days, using 55+ tools, including multiple 3D printing services:
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.
55+ Tools to Injection
Mold 15,000 Parts
First Article in 2 Weeks
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 has US-based locations offering steel 3D printing. Fathom offers nationwide coverage of its advanced prototyping and manufacturing services, including injection molding, CNC machining, chemical etching, metal 3D printing and more. Fathom has delivered over 200,000 quotes to leading US companies and is ready to deliver your quote today.
1050 Walnut Ridge Drive
Hartland, WI 53029
Finishing can produce a professional surface finish on a part. Strength, rust resistance, and metal conductivity can be added to a part during the finishing step. Finishes offered by Fathom include shot peening, electrochemical polishing, CNC finishing and more.
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. 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.
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. Shot peening can enhance a part’s strength and reduce its stress profile.
The optical polishing 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. Optical polishing creates a microfinish or superfinish on a part’s surface in preparation for further processing.
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. Electrochemical polishing produces a mirror-like finish on metal parts.
During abrasive flow machining, a chemically inactive media works to polish the part and remove unwanted material. Abrasive flow machining can deburr and polish a part.
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. Electroplating adds a metal layer to the outside of a part, increasing its strength and durability.
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. Micro machining uses great technical precision to preserve the geometries of a part while adding a mirror-like finish.
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. CNC finishing or machining adds wear resistance, metal conductivity, strength, rust resistance, etc.
A: Yes, Fathom works with steel.
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: AlSi10Mg is used to make ductwork, tools, engine parts, housings, etc.
A: Yes, AlSi10Mg can be welded without adding filler material. The resulting weld has added strength.
A: Yes, steel can be 3D printed.
A: Steels for 3D printing include stainless steel, maraging steel and more.
A: 3D printed metal is highly durable.
A: The cost of 3D printing metal depends on multiple factors, including the complexity of design, raw material selected, quantity ordered and more.
Do you need an estimate or quote on a steel 3D printing job? Submit your file to the SmartQuote online platform. Our team will provide you with a quote within 24 hours.