Tour of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Facility: FATHOM

07/23/2013 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
329 Jefferson Street
Oakland,CA 94607
Free for SVForum members; $20 for non-members

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, FATHOM’s creative team of engineers and designers work with some of the most innovative companies in the world today, helping to produce their next generation of products. If you are looking to deliver products to the market faster and more efficiently while reducing new product introduction costs, FATHOM can help.

FATHOM’s specialties include: 3D CAD Services, Laser Scanning, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, Model Finishing, Simulation Services, Industrial Design, Product Development, Graphic Design, and 3D Printer Sales. Get your project started today by using SmartQuote, our online automated quoting system.

FATHOM is the San Francisco Bay Area distributor of Sytatasys’s range of 3D Printers.

6:30PM – 7:30PM              Registration & Networking (more time to allow for travel)

7:30PM – 7:40PM              Announcements & Introductions

7:40PM – 8:00PM              Overview1 of Fathom by Rich Stump, Principal at Fathom Studio and SIG Chair

8:00PM – 8:30PM              Tour of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Facility

8:30PM – 9PM                   Networking

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    • “At Western Digital, I brought in Bob Kotcher based on his exemplary job performance, project management skills, academic & practical knowledge, and teamwork/communications skills, all of which Bob had repeatedly demonstrated to me when I had the opportunity to work with him prior to Western Digital. Bob brought with him world-class academic credentials and a simply outstanding knowledge of Factory Physics, including Capacity Modeling, Cycle-Time Simulation, and Lean Manufacturing. Bob is a great guy to work with and would be a valued member of any operations staff wanting to improve its productivity and/or lower operating costs. He won’t let you down.”

      Guy Harper – Engineering Projects Director
      Calisolar, Inc.
    • “At MMC, Bob initiated and led numerous cross-functional process improvement teams that made significant improvements to our production. For example, in one area, he linked together several disparate operations into a cell, reducing cycle time and WIP by 97% and saving $220,000 a year in labor and damaged product.”

      John Kim – Director, Thermal Reactor Process Engineering
    • “At Headway Technologies, we were planning a major capital investment in an additional photolithography stepper tool in order to improve throughput at this bottleneck. Bob did a Monte Carlo simulation analysis of this area and found something that none of us had suspected. The capacity at this work-center was actually operator-constrained, not machine-constrained. He showed us how, by adding operators, we could meet the required capacity increase. A few additional operators in the photolithography area kept these tools at an optimum utilization and this extra Opex was a small fraction of the capital depreciation that another stepper would have cost.” 

      Guy Harper – Engineering Projects Director
      Calisolar, Inc.
    • “At each company that he works with, [Simitar founder Bob Kotcher] strives to improve day-to-day operations, and thus to improve the bottom line.  Bob is not afraid to present politically unpalatable truths, if his work suggests that a change will lead to overall improvement.”

      Dr. Jennifer Robinson – Chief Operating Officer
      Fabtime, Inc.
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