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By Jeremy Losek, Sep 14th, 2021

3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing

ICOMold by Fathom offers hybridized manufacturing solutions by leveraging deep additive manufacturing expertise within the Fathom Digital Manufacturing network. Fathom offers seven different additive systems to help customers shorten product development cycles to go from prototype to production faster than ever before.

DMLS Tool (Machined and Polished)
DMLS Tool (Machined and Polished)

What is 3D Printing?

3D printing is a process of manufacturing that constructs 3D models by layering, or printing, materials. The 3D printed object is created through the use of a Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) file that is programmed into a computer. Materials used in 3D printing include polymers, metals, glass, ceramic, foams, gels and more. Common applications for 3D printed products include production parts, industrial tooling, visualization tools, consumer prototypes and customized products. 3D printing technologies include Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Stereolithography (SLA), Fused Disposition Modeling (FDM), Multi Jet Fusion (MJF), PolyJet and Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS). For more information, visit our 3D printing service page.

What is Additive Manufacturing?

Additive manufacturing is inclusive of all 3D manufacturing technologies that utilize a CAD file to construct an object layer by layer. Additive manufacturing allows a user to improve functionality through rapid testing to work out any product flaws prior to the final production design. Additive manufacturing is an excellent choice for developing products with intricate details, lightweight construction, and a high level of strength. Additionally, Fused Disposition Modeling or FDM can mimic the functionality and finish of injection molding without the need for expensive tooling which makes FDM an excellent choice for prototyping injection molding parts. For more information, visit our additive manufacturing services page.

PolyJet Printed Product
PolyJet Printed Product

What are the Main 3D Printing Technologies?

3D printing additive manufacturing technologies include several different processes. Fathom Digital Manufacturing offers seven processes which include Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Stereolithography (SLA), Multi Jet Fusion (MJF), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), PolyJet (PJ), Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) and Carbon Fiber. Each technology offers its own unique characteristics that can be utilized to create your part to your exact specifications. The experts at ICOMold by Fathom can discuss the various opportunities for integrating 3D printing into your next product development phase.

30 Second 3D Printing Quotes 

Get fast, easy 3D printing quotes from Fathom Digital Manufacturing. No matter the level of complexity, chosen technology or project quantity, Fathom can deliver – and depending on the project, that could be same day. The experts at Fathom will recommend the best technology or technologies and materials for the project after considering functionality, costs, lead time and complexity. In the same way ICOMold by Fathom provides 30 second injection molding quotes, you can get a 30 second 3D printing quote from Fathom. Simply upload your file into our SmartQuote tool and receive an additive manufacturing quote in seconds. Get a quote today!

SLS Part Component
SLS Part Component

How Much Does Additive Manufacturing Cost? 

Utilizing 3D printing during product development is a cost effective way to test prototype designs for fit, form and function prior to developing expensive tooling for injection molding production parts. Printing costs vary and are impacted by several variables including part complexity, material type, volume of parts and materials as well as the desired finish process. Low complexity parts can be produced starting at $150 per order. Try our 3D cost calculator to receive an instant quote today.

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