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FATHOM, an advanced manufacturer of prototypes and production parts, offers services that include but are not limited to 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, CNC Machining, Urethane Casting, Tooling, Injection Molding, and Engineering/Design Support. FATHOM also offers On-Site Managed Services for companies who want to bring FATHOM technicians in-house to operate their equipment. Read through this Q&A to learn more!
How is FATHOM different ?
FATHOM built its production centers on an enterprise-level 3D printing and additive manufacturing expertise first, then integrated traditional manufacturing equipment and processes second. Not to be confused with a service bureau or machine shop, FATHOM has built an advanced manufacturing facility that specialize in all aspects of production realization from mechanical concept development to prototyping to the fabrication of low to high-volume production parts. This unmatched expertise allows FATHOM customers to drive greater innovation at an industry-leading pace without compromising design intent.
Who does FATHOM work with?
FATHOM serves companies of all sizes across many industry types such as medical, consumer products, electronics, automotive, aerospace, and sporting goods. FATHOM experts work with a wide range of professionals at companies involved in the product development of hard goods—designers, engineers, and creative professionals alike who need to test products faster, verify designs earlier, and elevate their entire product development and production processes.
FATHOM is headquartered in Oakland, CA (offices and production centers) with services offered nationwide. Additional production centers are located in Seattle, WA and China.
Look to a FATHOMer to help you make it happen, because no matter how challenging or impossible a design may seem, FATHOMers will help you determine what technologies, materials, processes, and combination thereof to achieve what you can FATHOM—from testing aesthetics, form, fit, and function to producing end-use parts like assembly fixtures or finished goods. FATHOM encourages companies to focus on how a product should function rather than how it will be made to achieve the greatest product functionality. Whether manufactured traditionally, additively, or a hybrid of both, this “outside-in” approach of ours enables companies to realize better products faster and more efficiently.
What else can I expect from a FATHOMer?
Every FATHOMer throughout the organization is passionate about all things advanced manufacturing and they bring their own unique expertise to our ecosystem of digital manufacturing solutions. These diverse experts come from different industries and manufacturing backgrounds but all share a technology-agnostic approach to solving your prototype and production part challenges.
As it often occurs, FATHOMers take a multi-disciplinary approach because advanced technologies and traditional methods are complementary. While FATHOMers commonly use additive technologies to solve highly complex problems, the result is significant when those differing strengths and weaknesses of advanced and traditional methods are used to augment each other. Lean on a FATHOMer and expect the highest quality of service, resourcefulness, and ability to support you throughout product development and into production.
What does FATHOM’s Engineering & Design Support Services include?
The engineering and design team at FATHOM is a group of experts with industry-leading additive technology experience. These highly trained engineers and designers can be contracted to support an in-house design team throughout the product development process from prototyping to production. By contracting with FATHOM, you can confidently develop products faster and in better ways that utilize the newest tools and cutting-edge technologies, materials, and processes. Be on the forefront of innovative methods by plugging in our design, engineering, and manufacturing resources throughout your product development process. It is our technology-neutral approach, dynamic resources, passionate experts, and manufacturing agility that helps companies bring their parts from concept to reality.
What does FATHOM’s On-Site Managed Services include?
FATHOM offers specialized managed equipment solutions that augment a company’s in-house digital fabrication operations. This comprehensive and customizable staffing approach accelerates implementation, streamlines workflow, and decreases downtime. By leveraging on-site managed services with FATHOM, organizations fully realize the benefits of equipment ownership without having to dedicate internal resources to hands-on operations. Additional support options are available—each managed service plan is customized to fit the unique production needs of a company for the best results.
|Core Capabilities||3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing, CNC Machining, Urethane Casting, Tooling & Injection Molding, Finishing & Assembly|
|Additive Technologies||Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), PolyJet (PJ), Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Multi Jet Fusion (MJF), Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)|
|Engineering & Design||FATHOM’s Team of Designers & Engineers Who Can Support a Company’s In-House Product Development Team Throughout Prototyping and Production Phases|
|Managed Services||FATHOM’s Part-Time & Full-Time Staffing Solutions That Enhance Your In-House Fabrication—FATHOM Experts Operate Equipment, Manage Work Orders, and Much More|
|Additional Services||Training Programs Include Design for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) + Traditional Manufacturing Processes (e.g. Injection Molding, CNC Machining, etc.)+ Consultation, DFM/DFAM Guidance, Technology & Material Evaluation, Research & Development, etc.|
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