3D Printing East Bay Innovation Awards

For a second year in a row, FATHOM took on the challenge of creating a unique trophy for the 2014 East Bay Innovation Awards hosted by East Bay EDA (Economic Development Alliance). The team envisioned an illuminated 3D printed award that represented the winners’ innovative contributions to the community, as well as provide inspiration through FATHOM’s creativity and advanced manufacturing technologies. FATHOM also included its technology partner, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, as a true demonstration of the collaborative culture among East Bay innovators and industry leaders.

Initial concepts were ha nd sketched then developed in CAD using Rhino modeling software. The internal electronic light assembly was modeled in SolidWorks. The team then combined the rough concepts and hosted the design on GrabCAD to include Lawrence Livermore National Labs scientists in the iteration process, leveraging each contributors’ expertise and strengths.

A prototype of the agreed upon design was then 3D printed for form, fit and function testing. The finalized design was 3D printed in PolyJet multi-materials using VeroCyan, VeroYellow, and VeroClear (Objet300 Connex3). Lawrence Livermore National Labs determined a proprietary photopolymer was complementary to the lighting system in the trophy and provided FATHOM with the solution. The team applied the material to the 3D printed back plate and cured it with UV lights. Nine trophies were completed and distributed at the award ceremony in February.

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