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Fathom Combats Supply Chain Disruptions with Additive Manufacturing Investments

Fathom expands in-house capabilities with EOS and EVOLVE Additive Solutions to advance additive manufacturing technology for low- to mid-volume production. 

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Fathom, a leading digital manufacturing company, is proactively establishing production solutions for its customers to circumvent global supply chain disruptions. Fathom is expanding its already comprehensive additive capabilities to include new EOS M 300 Series Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) technology as well as being the first operating partner for Evolve Additive Solutions SVP™ (Scaled Volume Production) Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process (STEP) technology. Fathom’s agility, deep industry expertise, outcome-based results, and investment in leading-edge technologies can prevent costly line down situations caused by supply chain issues.

Supply Chain Disruptions

With the blockage of the Suez Canal in March of 2021, the world became fully aware of the commercially detrimental effect supply chain shortages have had on the global economy. Nearly $10 billion worth of imported goods were massively delayed causing a cascade of product shortages that have only worsened over time and are expected to negatively impact the holiday retail business.

Fathom is addressing this threat to productivity and revenue generation by fully leveraging over 25 in-house manufacturing services across 12 nationwide manufacturing sites to allow our customers to consolidate and simplify their supply chains. Our broad set of manufacturing capabilities eliminates the need for customers to source parts across many single process suppliers or adhere to design constraints imposed by manufacturing brokers. Since 1984, Fathom has been on the cutting edge of manufacturing pioneering new processes to propel product innovation forward while consistently investing in the latest technologies.

A recent Wall Street Journal article, “CFOs Lower Growth Expectations for 4 of 6 Key Metrics”, sites pressure on CFOs “to grow their organizations and deliver products and services in a timely manner amid supply chain disruptions. In fact, 44% say supply chain disruptions have increased their costs by 5% or more, with 60% saying shortages and delays have already reduced 2021 sales or will do so by year-end.”

Customer Case Study // Preventing Line Down Situation

“Unplanned downtime in manufacturing is one of the largest causes of lost productivity, causing delays, unhappy customers and lost revenue. In fact, the problem costs industrial manufacturers an estimated $50 billion each year, according to recent studies.”-Forbes.com

Fathom understands that many companies are experiencing supply chain-related delays, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Fathom can provide quick turnaround low-to-mid volume production parts to prevent costly line down situations.

Fathom’s speed, engineering expertise and comprehensive capabilities kept a leading recreational vehicle manufacturer from going into a line down situation. Their international supplier was not able to produce two critical vehicle components, so Fathom stepped in to provide a high-quality domestic manufacturing solution while successfully navigating PPAP in 2.5 weeks to deliver the needed parts.

Fathom Additive Investments

Evolve Additive Systems SVP™: Fathom and Evolve Additive Solutions have entered into a key commercialization partnership to bring STEP technology to Fathom’s already comprehensive additive capabilities and nationwide manufacturing network. Evolve and Fathom understand the importance of pairing the flexibility of additive manufacturing with the quality, volume and scale of traditional manufacturing. STEP technology enables the additive production of ABS parts within hours or days instead of the typical several month lead time for traditional injection molding parts. Additionally, the Evolve SVP™ delivers throughput that is 10 times faster than any other industrial additive printer.

STEP technology was developed for speed and scale to offer a manufacturing solution for low- to mid-volume thermoplastic parts. Additive manufacturing, complemented by key advanced traditional manufacturing technologies, offers greater agility and flexibility than traditional manufacturing technologies alone. These technologies are capable of meeting the rigorous demands of customers in the aerospace, automotive, industrial, medical and consumer sectors where products are highly engineered with precise specifications.

EOS M 300-4 Series: Industrial-grade DMLS 3D printer for serial production of metal parts offering up to 5x more productivity and up to 50% less cost per part than single laser DMLS technology. Each of the four lasers can scan the entire build plate to eliminate part seams which is ideal for specific applications such as aerospace components.

Fathom was an early adopter of 3D printing and has had a long history working with industry-leading EOS technology. Fathom has produced customer parts on EOS machinery since 2004 and is excited to offer expanded capacity for DMLS part production out of Fathom’s Hartland, Wis. headquarters. The M 300-4 Series is faster and can produce larger parts than what was previously possible with single laser DMLS technology. The EOS M 300 Series machine will be dedicated to servicing DMLS Aluminum part orders and will significantly reduce turnaround times for Fathom’s customers.

About Fathom

Fathom Digital Manufacturing can bridge supply chain gaps by seamlessly blending in-house capabilities of over 530 advanced manufacturing systems across plastic and metal additive technologies, CNC machining, injection molding and tooling, precision sheet metal fabrication, and design engineering, while catering to a broad set of end markets. Fathom’s technology-agnostic expertise and robust 450,000 sq ft of manufacturing capacity can be the difference in bringing products to market or experiencing a costly line down situation.

Fathom is one of the largest on-demand digital manufacturing platforms in North America, serving the comprehensive product development and low- to mid-volume manufacturing needs of the largest and most innovative companies in the world. With more than 25 unique manufacturing processes and a national footprint with nearly 450,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity across 12 facilities, Fathom seamlessly blends in-house capabilities across plastic and metal additive technologies, CNC machining, injection molding & tooling, sheet metal fabrication, and design and engineering.

With over 35 years of industry experience, Fathom is at the forefront of the Industry 4.0 digital manufacturing revolution serving clients in the technology, defense, aerospace, medical, automotive and IOT sectors. Fathom’s extensive certifications include ISO 9001:2015, ISO 9001:2015 Design, ISO 13485:2016, AS9100:2016, NIST 800-171 and ITAR. To learn more, visit www.fathommfg.com.

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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

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