Fathom Digital Manufacturing specializes in building models and functional 3D prototypes of all sizes. Our in-house additive manufacturing technologies can build it all — from the smallest products to full-scale industrial models. Models and prototype parts are essential for testing, visualization, advance marketing, and functional demonstrations. All large models built by Fathom will be able to withstand the same rigor and abuse faced by the eventual manufactured product. Numerous materials are available for model-making, large prototypes, and 3D printing prototypes. The experts at Fathom will tailor models to specific needs, time constraints, and budgets.
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A 3D printed prototype is an advance part or product made with 3D printing technology. The advance part will allow engineers to demonstrate and test the product design before investing time and money into full-scale production. 3D printing makes it easy to bring designs to life without committing to long-term production. 3D printed parts can be made in a variety of plastic materials as well as metal. New technologies can take products from design to prototype to production in a fraction of the time associated with conventional manufacturing methods. Fathom has partnered with Evolve Additive Solutions to present the next step in additive manufacturing. The Evolve SVP™ is the first 3D printing machine to feature the revolutionary Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process (STEP).
This process combines the speed and agility of 3D printing with the robust durability and manufacturing capability of injection molding. The Evolve SVP™ is capable of 3D printing objects in multiple colors and materials in one shot.
3D prototyping is very cost-effective as it allows engineers to uncover design issues and make the necessary changes early in the product development process. These changes can be made quickly and are easy to implement simply by modifying the CAD file. 3D prototyping can reduce production bottlenecks by eliminating costly and time-consuming changes to tooling while speeding product development. Gather valuable feedback before production through the use of 3D prototype design.
3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a production method that builds parts, layer-by-layer, with plastic or metal until the desired shape is formed. 3D printing allows designers to produce parts with complex geometries that would otherwise be impossible to manufacture by conventional means. Popular 3D printing processes for plastic include Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), Stereolithography (SLA), and Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process (STEP). Metal parts can be 3D printed with Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS).
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There are many different kinds of prototypes. The product development process will determine what type of prototype will work best.
The benefits of having a prototype can range from answering design questions to seeing how the customer interacts with the design. Additional benefits of having a prototype include / /
3D prototype design allows you to create multiple versions of your product within a relatively short amount of time. Adjustments to the part can be made in the 3D modeling software and then quickly printed. Parts can be produced in as soon as same day depending on the project specifications. Submit your project quote today to get started.
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