Having the Demonstrator in house lets FATHOM’s
customers change design without penalty, tackle
multiple jobs in parallel without downtime as well
as automatically manage job requests.
“This Demonstrator has the ability to take what’s
already working at FATHOM and push the
limits of additive manufacturing,” said Stump.
One of their customers, Intel, worked with the
team of advanced manufacturing experts at
FATHOM to help design and fabricate Spider
Bots for their keynote address at its annual
developer’s conference. The complex project
highlighted FATHOM’s cost-effective design and
manufacturing capabilities, one with many design
iterations during production. In the end, the
Bots produced by FATHOM were comprised
of more than 9700 3D printed parts. “If
we’d molded those parts it would have cost
approximately $400,000 and taken a few
months. With 3D printing, we were able to
complete the entire project in five weeks,
charging Intel just $116,000,” said Stump.
demand for tool-less manufacturing is ever increasing. Designers and engineers want even
greater design freedom and faster speeds so
the opportunity with the new Demonstrator is
Scalability is another factor the Demonstrator
addresses for FATHOM. “With the growing
adoption of direct digital manufacturing, more of
our customers are placing these types of end-use orders.
All it takes is a few of our customers
to submit just-in-time orders at once for our
machines to max out on capacity,” said Stump.
“The ability to be flexible with this new system,
adding more as needed, is really great.”
With the Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator, a
total disruption of the supply chain is possible for
just-in-time parts. “Customers can request what
they need in their MRP system when they need
it and inventory is available on time, every time,