FATHOM Promotes Greater Adoption of 3D Printing Through Design For Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) Training

Advanced Manufacturer’s Privately Hosted Curriculum Is Now Available To The Public As A Full-Day Program

FATHOM, an advanced manufacturer with an expertise in 3D printing, recently introduced its Design For Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) program focused on the practical application of today’s technologies, materials, and processes to achieve greater results throughout the entire product development process and into production. Regularly hosted full-day training will be held at its Oakland-based headquarters and registration is open to the public.

To register for upcoming dates, view the 2018 calendar of DFAM training events. FATHOM will continue to offer private courses, as well as consultation services on how to design for additive manufacturing.

“The team created the curriculum for companies with a need for total design freedom and faster speeds in their product development and manufacturing processes—innovative organizations who wanted to know how to effectively apply additive technologies today to push the limits of their capabilities,” said Tony Slavik, Applications Engineering Manager at FATHOM. “We’ve expanded the established training program, which aims to help designers and engineers develop a new mindset that lets go of traditional manufacturing constraints.”

Led by Slavik's team, attendees learn how to effectively approach the design, prototyping, and manufacturing of a product from an additive technology perspective. These dynamic sessions focus on new realities in manufacturing such as part consolidation, lightweighting, organic geometries, high complexity, faster speeds, mass customization, risk mitigation, higher value problem-solving, lower tooling costs, and even tool-less production.

“Times are changing and product development demands are increasing quickly, but access to a wide variety of advanced technologies to solve these challenges have never been more real,” said Rich Stump, Co-Founder and Principal at FATHOM. “The barriers continue to break down as hardware, software, and materials mature—we actively leverage these proven technologies every day at FATHOM in our manufacturing processes and want to transfer this knowledge to others. Adoption is less and less about limited accessibility, and more about increasing awareness.”

The curriculum is based on FATHOM’s technology-agnostic approach to solving its customers’ toughest product development and manufacturing challenges, which oftentimes involves blending additive technologies with traditional manufacturing during concept development and beyond prototyping into production.

“3D printing is greatly increasing the expectations of the manufacturing community,” said Sergi Saldaña, Manufacturing Manager at IDNEO. “Choosing to host FATHOM’s curriculum on Design For Additive Manufacturing helped us better understand additive technologies, materials, and processes, as well as how to integrate these advancements into our processes today—to keep improving our offerings, speed, and competitiveness.”

“Our multidisciplinary teams depend on a deep technological know-how to face complex challenges for customers, and it is critical that our designers and engineers have access to meaningful training on the ultimate technologies,” said Raul Lucas, CEO. “Hosting FATHOM’s curriculum on Design For Additive Manufacturing deepened our knowledge on the practical application of these advanced technologies, opened us up to cutting-edge realities, and shifted our mindset on how to make customers’ dreams come true.”

To learn more about scheduling a private, on-site Design For Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) training, as well as pricing and speakers, visit

FATHOM has been selling and supporting enterprise 3D printing systems since 2008. Four years later, co-founders Rich Stump and Michelle Mihevc opened a full-service manufacturing facility. Its Seattle-based production center opened in 2013. As of 2018, FATHOM has ranked for the sixth consecutive time on Inc 500|5000’s list of fastest-growing private companies in America and San Francisco Business Times’ Fast 100 list of fastest-growing private companies in the Bay Area. FATHOM was also recognized for the fourth year in a row on the Inner City 100 list by ICIC as published in Fortune Magazine.