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Engineering & Design



The Engineering & Design Team at FATHOM is a group of experts with industry-leading additive manufacturing experience. These highly trained engineers and designers can be contracted to support your in-house design team throughout the product development process from prototyping to production. They help teams use additive technologies in conjunction with traditional manufacturing methods to drive greater innovations.

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.


The Engineering & Design Team at FATHOM has five areas of focus to best support you during your product development process.

We have extensive know-how on designing for additive manufacturing—the team has an affinity for applying additive in unique ways that address cost, time, and geometry constraints that come with traditional processes. Produce designs with additive that are otherwise impossible to make.

  • Design optimization using generative tools specific to additive processes
  • Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) applications & development
  • Intricate knowledge of additive materials and processes
  • Access to cutting-edge software tools used in additive design
  • Direct access to in-house additive equipment (7 technology types)
  • Designing fixtures & jigs on a rapid schedule
  • Mechanical
    We will develop creative yet simple design solutions to meet your product’s functional goals with the best production processes in mind for each stage of development.

  • Device & enclosure development
  • Component integration
  • Large-scale fabrications
  • CAD experts in multiple software formats
  • Rapid iterative design of all parts using in-house equipment
  • Methods that increase speed and decrease total cost of development
  • Design For
    Manufacturing (DFM)
    We leverage our in-house production capabilities, as well as a large network of specialists. You can depend on our knowledge and resources to inform key design decisions—especially those manufacturing nuances that can make or break a project. Our team works together under the same roof, so we can carefully identify risks earlier in development and collaborate effectively to meet challenging manufacturing demands.

  • Assembly fixture and jig design
  • Design for injection molding
  • Industrial
    We take a holistic approach to industrial design on projects that further refine rough concepts to achieve elegant form and function, while also providing design-to-fabrication guidance at multiple stages of development.

  • Complex surfacing
  • Form finding
  • Rendering
  • Product architecture
  • Additive art and large-scale installations
  • Advanced
    We know a lot about how to best build a prototype, whether that is to impress investors or successfully ramp-up for production and everything in between.

  • Expedited prototyping that leverage FATHOM’s on-site 3D printing services
  • In-house CNC machining, turning, casting, molding, laser cutting
  • Rapid prototyping & iterative testing
  • Functional, aesthetic, or fully integrated prototypes

    Ready to get started? Request a meeting today to discuss your project!


    FATHOM Overview Advanced Manufacturing Experts—Services Also Include 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, Urethane Casting, Tooling, Injection Molding, and Concept Development Support Download Pdf
    Engineering & Design Flyer This Service Brochure Includes The Five Areas Of Focus For The FATHOM Engineering & Design Team Download Pdf
    Training Event FATHOM Now Offers a 1-Day Program Focused on How To Design for Additive Manufacturing—Hosted by the Application Engineering Team with Designers and Engineers as Featured Speakers Download Pdf


    In this featured customer video, learn more about how FATHOM’s engineering and design team augmented Mercedes-Benz Xtron Lab’s product development and production processes—the team needed to fabricate 240+ electromechanical tiles for an IoT-connected cargo delivery management system in just four weeks.

    FATHOM helped these designers and engineers go from hand sketches to a fully electro-mechanical production assembly by way of combining resources and expertise in design, engineering, additive manufacturing, and traditional manufacturing methods.

    This project included project management, industrial design, mechanical engineering, design for manufacturing (DFM), design for additive manufacturing (DFAM), 3D printing and additive manufacturing, CNC machining, sheetmetal fabrication, laser cutting, mechanical assembly, facilitation of PCB design and manufacturing partner + electronic design & assembly with partner, etc.


    FATHOM experts recognize the value of having design and manufacturing collaboration early in the product development process—below are examples of how our diverse group of engineers, designers, and builders can help guide your project from definition to production. You can plug us into various stages of your process where you need us most, whether that is for a single unit installation or a mass-produced product.

    Define // Every project has unique development and manufacturing challenges. Come to us with your concept and we’ll collaborate with you to further define your technical requirements. We will connect you with a logical prototype path while keeping an eye on the appropriate end-manufacturing processes.

    Design & Rapid Prototype // We’ll leverage our in-house fabrication resources and our network of approved vendors to develop 3D CAD concepts, and quickly get concept prototypes in-hand for early-stage validation. We have direct access to industry-leading additive technologies, CNC machining, urethane casting, injection molding, and expert model makers to help keep your project on schedule at record speeds.

    Refined Design & Prototype Fabrication // Our engineers and designers can help transition concepts into detailed 3D CAD that result in refined prototypes with integrated aesthetics and function.

    Advanced Manufacturing // We’ll help guide your team on a clear, risk-averse, low-volume production run path that utilizes cutting-edge manufacturing methods to ensure that design/engineering validation stages are efficiently and quickly executed.

    A company’s need for total design freedom and faster speeds in their product development and manufacturing processes is FATHOM’s sole focus. Start a conversation with us today, by talking with a FATHOM specialist about your project goals.