Upon listing on the US stock market, via the NASDAQ, Nano Dimension has already begun establishing partnerships to facilitate the use of their electronics 3D printing technology by the general public. Their PCB printer, the DragonFly 2020, is ideal for prototyping electronics and, therefore, may be ideally situated alongside 3D printing technologies for engineers and designers developing new products. For that reason, their collaboration agreement with 3D printing service provider FATHOM may be the perfect move.
FATHOM is a well-established 3D printing service, already growing substantially with such services as same-day printing and through work with important clients. The company, founded in 2008 by Mihevc and Rich Stump, has since gone on to be recognized by such publications as Inc. and FORTUNE. Now, the firm that previously supplied traditional 3D printing services can add electronics 3D printing to their portfolio through their partnership with Nano Dimension. Because the DragonFly 2020 produces multilayered circuitry with Nano Dimension’s proprietary conductive inks, Now, a designer looking to both 3D print the structural and aesthetic components of a project can also 3D print the PCBs that power that project.
Simon Fried, Chief Business Officer at Nano Dimension, says of the agreement, “FATHOM has an excellent reputation and the results back it up. We are thrilled to be working with such a professional and successful team.” He continues, “FATHOM will help bring us even closer to our key customers because it is well known as one of the most creative and best performing 3D printing services companies in the country,” said Fried. “With headquarters in San Francisco, close to the heart of the country’s electronics industry, FATHOM is well positioned to promote and service such an innovative 3D inkjet system.”
Michelle Mihevc, FATHOM Principal and Co-Founder, adds, “FATHOM is very excited to work with the Nano Dimension team because both companies share the same vision of changing the way products are designed and manufactured. Nano Dimension is leading the way in the 3D printed electronics space and we are honored to work with them on their new product introduction for the United States.”
The first step to getting advanced PCB prototyping into the hands of engineers may not be to get a system like the DragonFly 2020 into their labs, though that is certainly a possibility, it is providing PCB printing as a service through a company like FATHOM. Once those engineers are satisfied with the outcome and have a need for producing them in-house, then, they can invest in actually purchasing the machine. This is a great move by both FATHOM and Nano Dimension as electronics 3D printing will be a vital part of the evolution of 3D printing technology, as we shift from producing individual parts to fabricating complete, functional objects.