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Steel 3D Printing

  • 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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Steel 3D Printing

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.

Why Would You Choose Steel for 3D Printing? / /

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.

Steel 3D Printing Services Offered By Fathom / /

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.

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

Steel 3D Printing Quote Times / /

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: 

  • Parts as fast as 5 days

Steel 3D Printing Machines Used by Fathom / /

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:

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
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3,000+ 3D
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2,000+ Metal Fabricated Parts
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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 Steel 3D Printing / /

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.

Locations include:

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

Steel 3D Printing Finishing Processes / /

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.

Abrasive Blast (Grit & Ceramic)

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. 

Shot Peen

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. 

Optical Polish

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 

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.

Abrasive Flow Machining

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

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.

Micro Machining Process (MMP)

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/Machining 

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.

Steel 3D Printing FAQs / /

Q: Does Fathom work with steel?

A: Yes, Fathom works with steel.

Q: Is Fathom ISO certified?

A: Fathom’s certifications include ISO 9001:2015, ISO 9001:2015 Design, and ISO 13485:2016. 

Q: Is Fathom ITAR certified?

A: Fathom is ITAR certified.

Q: Is Fathom AS9100:2016 certified?

A: Yes, Fathom is AS9100:2016 certified.

Q: Is Fathom NIST 800-171 certified?

A: Fathom’s certifications include NIST 800-171.

Q: What is AlSi10Mg used for?

A: AlSi10Mg is used to make ductwork, tools, engine parts, housings, etc.

Q: Can you weld AlSi10Mg?

A: Yes, AlSi10Mg can be welded without adding filler material. The resulting weld has added strength.

Q: Can you 3D print steel?

A: Yes, steel can be 3D printed.

Q: What steel is used for 3D printing?

A: Steels for 3D printing include stainless steel, maraging steel and more.

Q: Is 3D printed metal strong?

A: 3D printed metal is highly durable.

Q: Is 3D printing metal expensive?

A: The cost of 3D printing metal depends on multiple factors, including the complexity of design, raw material selected, quantity ordered and more.

Steel 3D Printing Quotes / /

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.

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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