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The FATHOM team utilizes industry-leading additive manufacturing technologies:

FATHOM’s rush services are ideal for speeding up your product development process—go from 3D CAD to prototype to manufacturing faster than ever. Interested in FATHOM’s expedited 3D printing options? Read more then start a conversation with an expert at FATHOM today.

MAKE IT HAPPEN—SAME-DAY 3D PRINTING
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PolyJet Technology Single Material—First Available Vero & Multiple Material—VeroWhite+/TangoBlack+
HUSTLE—NEXT-DAY 3D PRINTING
Available for Next-Day Pick-up by 5PM, or Shipping
PolyJet Technology Single Material—TangoBlack+, VeroWhite+, VeroBlack+, VeroClear, ABS-Like & Multiple Material—VeroWhite+/TangoBlack+
FDM Technology ABSplus/M30 (White), PC (White), ASA (White),
PC-ABS (Black), Nylon12 (Black)
LET’S DO THIS—STANDARD 3D PRINTING
Many Materials Available Per Industry Standard Lead-Times
PolyJet, FDM, SLS, and DMLS FATHOM Offers Hundreds of Material Options—
From rigid and flexible PolyJet materials to durable engineering-grade FDM thermoplastics to standard and custom powdered metals for laser sintering // Request For Quote Form

 

*All orders are subject to approval. Standard lead-times can vary depending on geometry and size of parts, as well as material availability. Expedite options and some materials may require additional fees—speak with a FATHOM expert for further details.

 

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POLYJET TECHNOLOGY

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Achieve smooth surfaces, thin walls, and complex geometries with Seattle and Oakland 3D printing driven by our PolyJet technology which features 16-micron layers with accuracy as high as 0.1 mm — the one and only technology that supports a wide selection of materials with properties that range from rubber to rigid and transparent to opaque. Plus, Objet Connex technology allows users to print multiple materials at the same time in a single build. For more information about our 3D modeling and printing in the Bay Area and Seattle, contact us.

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THE HISTORY

Highly regarded for its innovative, multidisciplinary approach to hardware, software, and polymer materials, Objet Geometries paved the way for 3D printing as the first company to successfully jet photopolymer material.

Always focused on continuous improvement of its specialized PolyJet Technology, Objet continues to offer industry leading 3D printer features and capabilities. Announced in December of 2012, Objet Ltd. and Stratasys Ltd. merged to form a 3D printing powerhouse of additive manufacturing.

HOW IT WORKS

Similar to the inkjet document printing process of distributing ink on paper, PolyJet 3D printers jet layers of liquid photopolymer on a build tray that cures under UV light with each pass. As the layers build up one at a time, the 3D model or prototype comes to life. Models that have completely cured can be handled and used almost immediately as post-curing is not required. Along with the selected model materials, the 3D printer also prints layers of a gel-like support material specially designed to uphold cavities and complex geometries (support material can be easily removed by hand with compressed water).

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Prototypes are created with precision, setting the standard for finished-product realism as the technology makes it possible for users to create parts with extremely thin print layers, complex shapes, high resolution, fine details, and smooth finished surfaces. Plus, users have the option of printing multiple material properties in a single build cycle.

With more material versatility than any other technology on the market, Objet Connex 3D Printers rank as a top choice among designers, engineers, and manufacturers alike.

FDM TECHNOLOGY

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology uses standard, engineering-grade and high-performance thermoplastics to build concept models, functional prototypes, and end-use parts — the only professional 3D printing technology utilizing production-grade thermoplastics. Parts created using FDM Technology are unmatched in mechanical, thermal, and chemical strength.

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THE HISTORY

Scott Crump, inventor and founder of Stratasys, created FDM Technology more than 20 years ago and is highly regarded as a leader in the 3D printing revolution.

Stratasys continues to develop a wide selection of additive manufacturing systems that meet the needs and exceed expectations of designers, engineers, educators, manufacturers, and other innovative professionals alike around the world.

HOW IT WORKS

FDM-based 3D printers build parts one layer at a time. A thermoplastic material is heated to a semi-liquid state and extruded to specification through computer-controlled paths. The system utilizes two material types per build cycle: material specified by the designer and a support material that fills cavities and undercuts. The head operates in X and Y coordinates as it deposits material in single layers. When the layer is completed, the tray lowers in the Z axis and the next layer begins. When the 3D printer has completed a build, the user can breakaway the support material or soak off.

BENEFITS

Known as office-friendly, FDM Technology makes the printing process clean and easy-to-use. Thermoplastic-based designs can withstand exposure to high temperatures, chemicals, humidity, extreme dryness, and stressful mechanical environments.

Complex geometries and cavities are possible using soluble support materials — shapes and details once considered too difficult to build when only traditional manufacturing methods were available.

SLS TECHNOLOGY

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Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology makes use of a high power optic laser that fuses small powder particles layer by layer to produce complex and durable geometric parts. Unlike other additive manufacturing technologies, parts are surrounded by loose powder-like material during the build — eliminating the costs and time requirements of tooling.

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THE HISTORY

Created by university doctors Carl Deckard and Joe Beaman in the 1980s, selective laser sintering is now widely used around the world.

Originally designed for building prototypes, SLS has evolved into a preferred method for creating end-use parts, particularly in volume. From medical to automotive, many industries make use of this technology.

HOW IT WORKS

Using a laser to join powder-like materials, SLS creates three-dimensional shapes from 3D CAD files or data obtained through image scanning. Specified cross-sections are lasered, layer by layer, on the surface of chosen material. As a section is completed, the tray of powder is lowered so a new layer can be sintered. These steps are continued until the model is whole.

BENEFITS

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology makes it possible to create durable, lightweight parts — results are comparable to goods created from conventional manufacturing methods. Scalable production possibilities appeal to designers, engineers, and manufacturers looking to produce finished products in large volumes.

SLA TECHNOLOGY

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Stereolithography (SLA) is very effective at faithfully capturing the intricacies of even the largest and most complex parts, and 11122 XC Watershed can achieve colorless clarity to mimic clear plastics. Unlike other additive manufacturing technologies, parts are surrounded by a vat of resin as they are built, making sharp overhangs and fine details more viable in part design.
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THE HISTORY

SLA first appeared in the 1970s, eventually being formally patented by 3D Systems founder Chuck Hull in 1984. Hull patented SLA as a method of creating 3D objects by successively “printing” thin layers of an object using a medium curable by ultraviolet light, starting from the bottom layer to the top layer. Hull’s patent described a concentrated beam of ultraviolet light focused onto the surface of a vat filled with a liquid photopolymer.

Initially used for building prototypes, SLA has evolved into a preferred method for creating end-use parts, particularly at large size. SLA is consistently used in the medical community today, as well as a variety of other industries.

HOW IT WORKS

SLA is an additive manufacturing process that works by focusing an ultraviolet (UV) laser on to a vat of photopolymer resin. With the help of computer aided manufacturing or computer aided design software, the UV laser is used to draw a pre-programmed design or shape on to the surface of the photopolymer vat. Photosensitive under ultraviolet light, the resin is solidified and forms a single layer of the desired 3D object. This process is repeated for each layer of the design until the 3D object is complete.

BENEFITS

Consistently used for trade show models, aesthetic parts, and snap fits/functional assemblies, SLA specializes in creating parts that are highly cost-intensive to produce using any other method of manufacturing. More cost-effective at larger volume than PolyJet, SLA can deliver similar quality parts at a valuable price point.