FATHOM—a USA-based supplier of 3D printers and advanced manufacturing services—has introduced a full-day Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) Training program, said to focus on the practical application of additive technologies, materials and processes to achieve greater results throughout product development and into production.
The program is to be regularly hosted at the company’s headquarters in Oakland, California, by its employees Tony Slavik, applications engineering manager, Kaitlyn Bailey, applications engineer, Alexei Samimi, mechanical engineer, and Aaron Porterfield, industrial designer.
The day is divided into six sessions, covering topics such as part consolidation, lightweighting, organic geometries, high complexity, faster speeds, mass customization, risk mitigation, higher value problem-solving, lower tooling costs and tool-less production.
The curriculum is said to be based on FATHOM’s technology-agnostic approach to solving its customers’ product development and manufacturing challenges, namely involving a blend of additive and traditional manufacturing methods.
‘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,’ commented Rich Stump, co-founder and principal of 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 program ran for the first time on December 12, 2017, and additional dates are to be confirmed. Companies can also request that it be hosted privately, onsite and the curriculum tailored to their requirements.