As 3D printing services get more refined and improved, we see a concerted effort to make faster shipping options available so people can receive their orders in a much more timely manner. The 3D printing and additive manufacturing company Fathom, based out of Oakland, California and Seattle, Washington, is no exception here. The company recently announced “same day and next day options for high-end digital fabrication services,” following an announcement of the company’s acquisition of “proprietary data analytics software for digital manufacturing.” It is exactly these kids of business intelligence tools and software that allows for the expedited shipping options now available to Fathom customers.
The new software is from Addimation, Inc. and its mission is to solve the “software challenges of additive manufacturing at scale.” The key here is that the software allows for visibility into the manufacturing process, and this possibility allows for more efficient and higher quality print jobs. Karl D.D. Willis, one of Addimation’s founders, has this to say about the software’s mission:
“Our analytics helps improve production efficiency by providing visibility into the manufacturing process. FATHOM shares the same goal of scalability. We’re delighted that FATHOM will be able to adopt our technology and take their production efficiency to new levels.”
Fathom uses two different kinds of technology in its digital fabrication services. The rapid PolyJet Technology, renowned for its high-resolution and quality finishing capabilities, allows for same day services. The durable and engineer-grade Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology offers a thermoplastic materials option, and is available for next-day services.
The Same-Day Guidelines include: PolyJet Single Material—First Available Vero & Multiple Material— VeroWhite+/TangoBlack+; All Parts Together Must Fit Within Dimension Requirements: 240 x 100 x 40 mm; Total Quantity < 20 (Number of Parts Per Order); and 3D CAD Files and Payment Must Be Submitted to FATHOM by 10AM.
Next-Day Guidelines Include: PolyJet and FDM Material Options; Shipping Subject to Geometry, Sizing, Quantity of Parts, and Build Times; 3D CAD Files and Payment Must Be Submitted to FATHOM by 4PM; Order is Available for Pick-up by 5PM the Following Business Day or Will Be Shipped.
Rich Stump, Co-Founder and Principal at FATHOM, describes how expedited shipping helps engineers and designers:
“We’re helping designers and engineers innovate even faster by rolling out same-day and next-day service. Iterative cycles can happen at lightning speed when your morning idea is in your hands by the afternoon.”
Rush fees apply to all orders and a $150 minimum order is required for the same-day and next-day services. So if you have print jobs over $150, and are seeking quicker ways to have 3D printed prototypes and models delivered to your business’ door, then check out Fathom’s new guidelines for print jobs that can deliver impressive same day and next day services. Discuss in the 3D Printing Company Fathom Offers Shipping Options forum over at 3DPB.com.