FATHOM and Precision Plastics have come together to form The FATHOM Tooling+ Team, building on more than eight decades of tooling and injection molding experience. FATHOM offers a single-source global solution that supports any size company’s low- to high-volume molding needs. In-house experts working side-by-side are improving the injection mold business model—accelerating the quoting process, as well as including DFM (design for manufacturing) overview with every initial quote.
- Built on 80+ Years of Molding Experience
- Rapid & Mass Production Tooling
- Injection Molding, Multi-Shot Molding, Insert Molding, Structural Foam Molding
- Post-Processing—Assembly & Decoration
- 24 to 48 Hours Quote Turnaround
- DFM Guidance Included with Every Initial Quote
- 24/7 Project Management Team Support & Facility Operations
- Global Network of Facilities—West Coast, East Coast, Asia
|TOOL OPTIONS||LEAD TIME||PART QUANTITY||MAXIMUM PARTING LINE MISMATCH||MAXIMUM FLASH||TOOL TOLERANCES LINEAR DIMENSIONS||PART COLOR||PART FINISH (COLOR)||PART FINISH (TEXTURE)|
|3D Printed Tools||2-6 Days||15-50 Shots||0.010in||0.020in||±0.005 + 0.002in/in||Natural, Compound, Customer-Resin||As 3D Printed||As 3D Printed|
|Aluminum Tools||3-7 Days||500-1,500 Shots||0.005in||A2*||Yes*|
|TOOL OPTIONS||LEAD TIME||PART QUANTITY||MAXIMUM PARTING LINE MISMATCH||MAXIMUM FLASH||TOLERANCES LINEAR DIMENSIONS||PART COLOR||PART FINISH (POLISH)||PART FINISH (TEXTURE)|
|Rapid Tool (Master Unit Die Base)||1.5-3 Weeks||5,000 Shots||0.010in||0.010in||±0.003 + 0.002in/in||Pantone Colors||A2||Yes|
|Prototype Tool (Stand Alone)||2-4 Weeks||5,000-50,000 Shots||0.010in||0.007in||±0.003 + 0.002in/in||A2|
|Production Tool||5-10 Weeks (Depends On Size and Complexity)||250,000-1,000,000 Shots (Depending On Class of Tool Selected )||0.005in||0.005in||SPI (Commercial)||A1|
*Note—May Affect Lead-Time
Rapid tools and 3D printed tooling are great options to consider when speed is critical or when part and tool designs need to be tested before larger investment. Functional models and iterative tools can be used for testing impact resistance, chemical resistance, water intrusion, and flexural modulus.
3D printed tooling shaves months off the standard tooling process, allowing for dramatically faster production lead times. In addition, a 3D printed tool comes at a fraction of the cost of a traditional steel tool. The relative speed and low cost allow for tool designs to be tested and improved before large-scale production. After the part has been verified for manufacturability with iterative testing and 3D printed tooling, the move to injection molding is much smoother.