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Fathom delivers high-quality parts to its valued customers by using the latest in sheet metal prototyping. Whether your project is high-precision or complex, short production run related, or time-sensitive, Fathom can meet your requirements.

What is Rapid Prototyping? / /

Rapid prototyping is the quick production of a model or part using additive or 3D manufacturing technologies. Rapid prototyping was previously accomplished by using the same methods as the final part, which proved to be costly and time-consuming. Due to developments in additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping is now quick and cost-effective. Various technologies are used during rapid prototyping, including: 

  • Sheet metal prototyping produces high-quality prototypes by using sheet metal fabrication technologies. Some of these technologies include laser cutting, waterjet cutting, photochemical machining or etching and electrical discharge machining. Sheet metal prototyping can help to eliminate any guesswork in manufacturing while lowering costs.
  • Prototype tooling, sometimes referred to as soft or rapid tooling, is the production of tools or molds for injection molding. The parts made from prototype tooling are fabricated using the same material as the final products. Soft tooling allows for concepts to be tested early in the production process.
  • CNC machining is a manufacturing technology that uses computer software to direct the movements of factory machinery and tools. CNC machining facilitates three-dimensional cutting tasks to be accomplished using a single set of prompts. Once a CNC machine begins the process, the cuts have been programmed into the software and then communicated to the tools, which perform the task, like a robot. Thanks to automation, prototypes can be made quickly and easily.

How Prototyping Quotes are Estimated? / /

Multiple factors influence how metal 3D printing quotes are estimated. The design, material selected quantity ordered, and turnaround time can all affect the cost.

Design Details

Metal 3D printing facilitates the production of parts with complex geometries. When designing for 3D printing, include self-supporting angles to eliminate the need for support and reduce the amount of raw material needed. The focus of the design should be on performance and reducing the number of parts necessary to complete a larger piece, reducing assembly time.

Materials Involved

A variety of metal materials can be used for metal 3d printing including aluminum and titanium. Raw metal materials with better performance properties, like chemical resistance, are more expensive. To reduce costs, pick a material based on how the part should perform and the environment in which it will operate.

Quantity Needed

Metal 3D printing is excellent for low-volume jobs that call for a variety of customizations. Because metal 3D printing does not require a tool to be developed for every part, there is more design flexibility. For example, a project that calls for ten versions of a single design can be made cost-effectively using 3D printing.

Turnaround Time

Finishing, assembly, or other secondary processes are often not necessary for parts made using metal 3D printing, which helps to lower costs. When a higher quality finish is desired, post-processing services are available including abrasive blasting, electroplating, shot peening and more. To reduce the turnaround time, select an all-in-one manufacturing company offering metal 3D printing and secondary finishing services.

Sheet metal prototyping Services Offered by Fathom / /

Fathom can handle your next sheet metal prototyping project. Our services include waterjet cutting, laser cutting, Microcut™, photochemical machining and wire EDM. Finishing and post-processing services include bead blasting, welding, deburring, etc. Sheet metal prototyping is just one of 28 manufacturing services offered by Fathom.

Additive Manufacturing

  • FDM
  • SLS
  • SLA
  • Polyjet
  • MJF
  • DMLS
  • DLS
  • STEP (Evolve)

CNC Machining

  • CNC (3 & 5 Axis)
  • CNC Lathe
  • Precision Grinding
  • Wire & Sinker EDM

Injection Molding

  • Injection Molding
  • Tooling
  • Compression Molding

Metal Cutting and Forming

  • Thermoforming
  • Sheet Metal Punching
  • Sheet Metal Cutting
  • Metal Forming
  • Laser Cutting
  • Water Jet Cutting
  • Chemical Etching
  • Welding
  • Micro Cutting


  • Die Casting
  • Urethane Casting
  • Composite Layups
  • Extrusion
  • Post Processing & Finishing
    • Pad Printing
    • Powder Coating
    • Bead Blasting
    • Surface Grinding
    • Polishing
    • Anodize
    • Powder Coat Passivate
    • Chemfilm
    • Vacuum Metallization
    • Silkscreen
    • Plating
    • Tumbled

Rapid Prototyping Quote Times / /

Standard lead times are below, but 24hr expedite options are available.

Parts Delivery time
1-50 flat part pieces 2 days
50-1,000 flat part pieces 5-7 days
1-500 formed parts 6-8 days
1-5 drawn part pieces 10-15 days
4 slide tooled parts 4-6 weeks

Sheet Metal Prototyping Machines Used by Fathom / /

Fathom’s global network utilizes over 530 machines, including mills, lathes, presses, press brakes, turret punches and additive systems. Fathom has sheet metal prototype fabrication equipment, including lasers, waterjet machines, finishing tools, autodeburring, 4 slide machines, multi-slide machines, press brakes, 300-ton presses, and 22-ton presses, wire EDM machines, seely slide forming tools and 35-ton blanking presses.

In addition to sheet metal prototyping, Fathom also offers hybridized services that leverage prototype fabrication. Fathom’s team of experts can handle your complex project. A recent case study is listed below where Fathom delivered 20,000 parts in 27 days using 55+ tools, including metal prototype fabrication services:

Case Study //

Real Customers. Real Results.

A customer came to Fathom with a complex project that spanned the technologies and processes of rapid production—and needed it done fast. Fathom delivered.

20,000 Parts // Within 27 Days
55+ Tools to Injection Mold 15,000 Parts First Article in 2 Weeks

55+ Tools to Injection
Mold 15,000 Parts

First Article in 2 Weeks

3,000+ 3D Printed Parts

3,000+ 3D
Printed Parts

2,000+ Metal Fabricated Parts

2,000+ Metal
Fabricated Parts

Hybridized Services Used //

3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing—PolyJet, SLS, MJF.

DFM Analysis + CAD Mods.

CNC Machining. Laser Cutting.

Stamping. Die Cutting. Post-Opp Drilling.

24-hour Turnaround Urethane Casting.

Injection + Compression Molding.

Model Finishing. Insert Assembly.

Advanced Project Management.

Fathom’s Locations for Rapid Prototyping Services / /

Fathom’s nationwide coverage includes 3 US-based locations that offer sheet metal prototyping. Fathom’s manufacturing and prototyping services include CNC machining, injection molding, metal 3D printing, chemical etching, etc. Leading US companies have received over 200,000 quotes from Fathom. Our team is ready to provide you with a quote today.

Locations include:

7770 Washington Street
Denver, CO 80229
ISO 9001:2015

1920 Slaterville Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

401 W. Shore Boulevard
Newark, NY 14513
ISO 9001:2015

Sheet metal prototyping FAQs / /

Q: Does Fathom offer metal prototype fabrication?

A: Yes, Fathom offers metal prototype fabrication.

Q: What is metal prototype fabrication?

A: Metal prototype manufacturing is creating a sample or “rough draft” part that can be used to test the form and function before mass production.

Q: Is Fathom ISO certified?

A: Fathom’s certifications include ISO 9001:2015, ISO 9001:2015 Design, and ISO 13485:2016. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Is Fathom ITAR certified?

A: Yes, Fathom is ITAR certified. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Is Fathom AS9100:2016 certified?

A: Yes, Fathom is AS9100:2016. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Is Fathom NIST 800-171 certified?

A: Yes, Fathom’s certifications include NIST 800-171. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Can Fathom offer same-day sheet metal?

A: Fathom is capable of a same-day turnaround for sheet metal parts.

Q: What is rapid prototyping?

A: Rapid prototyping is the quick production of a model or part using additive or 3D manufacturing technologies.

How to Get Rapid Prototyping Quotes / /

Do you need a quote on a sheet metal prototype? Are you ready to calculate costs for your next project? Use Fathom’s SmartQuote application for a fast quote.

Manufacturing Locations Across National Time Zones
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1050 Walnut Ridge Drive
Hartland, WI 53029
ISO 9001:2015


444 W. 21st St. Ste. 101
Tempe, AZ 85282
ISO 9001:2015
NIST800-171 Compliant


7770 Washington St.
Denver, CO 80229
ISO 9001:2015


13758 Johnson Street NE
Ham Lake, MN 55304


1801 Rowe Lane
Pflugerville, TX 78660
ISO 9001:2015

1513 Sam Bass Rd
Round Rock, TX 78681
ISO 9001:2015
ISO 13485:2016


46758 Lakeview Blvd,
Fremont, CA 94538
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified
NIST 800-171 Compliant


14000 N.W. 58th Court
Miami Lakes, FL 33014


1920 Slaterville Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850

401 W. Shore Blvd.
Newark, NY 14513
ISO 9001:2015


1207 Adams Drive
McHenry, IL 60051
ISO 9001:2015

1401 Brummel Ave
Elk Grove, IL 60007
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified

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