3DPI.TV Interview with Rich Stump from FATHOM


Hello everyone, we have Rich Stump from FATHOM here today So welcome to the show Rich Thanks, nice to meet you 3D Printing has evolved very quickly How do you keep up with the fast developing changes in your company? So fathom a product development company, we utilize the technology of 3d printing, and as you know it is evolving very
quickly and the new materials new hardware What we do is we try to stay as current as far as the applications go and looking our customers can actually use the technologies in a professional manner and then the design and manufacturing
process and so as the new materials come out we educate ourselves on how these materials will impact the current technologies involved and we try to stay true on how we can leverage the technology to impact our customers process today and so as new things evolve quickly – they do evolve quickly but they’re not necessarily ready for the applications today it may take a year or two years for those processes to mature before you can actually utilize them so we try to educate ourselves in things coming in the future so that way when they come, they’re relevant and how we can take advantage of them sounds exciting Proof of concept seems to be a priority for your business what kinda culture do you foster at your company to encourage designers and engineers to push the envelope big part of our business at FATHOM is is helping our customers iterate quickly and cutting out process time and so the way we do that
we’ve built a culture around the organization where we encourage creativity and I tell my design team all the time not to put any barriers up of conventional manufacturing, of
conventional design methodologies and anything is possible you know that’s what a beautiful things about 3d printing is that freedom of design and being able
to design and develop something that’s never been developed before, we don’t have any barriers on how to design that part or that product so what we have at FATHOM is a unique culture where nothing’s impossible and we actually
say you know our big slogan is “We make the unmakeable” so we use the technology of 3d printing and additive manufacturing to make what can never be made before and I understand you have the facility
open so can you tell us little bit about that We have two production centers at FATHOM we have one in Seattle and one in Oakland California the Oakland facility was built in 1901. Originally it was a brass foundry we welcome you to come into the facility when you come in, it’s got these beautiful wood ceilings that are very tall where the smokestacks used to come
through the top of the ceiling So we’ve completely modernized what was a foundry in 1901 utilizing 3d printing printing and additive manufacturing so it’s a very unique fabrication building that we use 3d printing in that brings old kind of foundry into a new modernized foundy ok. sounds very good and
you’re handling something very unique in your hands I presume it’s a hand cast so can you tell us about it? well this is the HashCast it’s a project that we came up with five of we wanted to take a social aspect to
the cast and as I’m sure you’ve seen there’s
been some other 3d printed casts that have been developed we wanted to take an interest in a social spin of that essentially we developed an app and your friends around the world can have this app and instead of physically signing the
cast they send you a note through the app an you either accept it or rejected it and those and those notes turn into the actual
geometry of the text of the model itself so what you see here is all the notes that were sent from people as kind of a social media platform problem that makes the structure of the cast and the benefit of making it.. and this is an SLS Process, so sintered nylon but the beauty of making it 3d printed it’s not only light – its breathable, you can remove it and then we can control a density of the letters here depending on where break is so it’s a very unique spin of a 3d printed cast with a social platform where you can send notes around the world and instead of signing the cast it turns into the geometry itself sure, makes the healing process a bit more fun makes it interactive and it solves the problem of being able to control the density of the geometry via the text and I understand that you have like
30 3d printers in your company is there a specific brand that you prefer? at FATHOM we got over 35 professional grade 3d printers between our Seattle location and Oakland and the technologies range in PolyJet, SLS, FDM and we also do have a full model shop for doing casting and model finishing and everything around the 3d printing technology but our most commonly used technology of printer at both facilities is our Connex printers, the PolyJet based and the unique thing about the PolyJet Connex printers is they can print multi-materials so you can have a very rigid material and a very flexible material and do various in between so
you can make very flexible parts, very rigid parts or anything in between so we tend to use the PolyJet Connex Printers regularly every day that was exciting, and thank you
very much for coming to the show

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