Xometry, founded in 2014, realizes that as 3D printing becomes more ubiquitous, it also needs to become more accessible to clients who must order 3D printed parts and materials in a streamlined, efficient way. Most successful business owners will attest to the fact that there are barely enough hours in the day to get through the task list at hand, so something like deciding on a 3D printed part and choosing options needs to be fast and easy.
As a manufacturing startup that once again has that magic touch in knowing what their client base needs due to their own experience within the industry, they’ve designed an advanced method for making advanced manufacturing as easy as possible from their end. That begins with not only a good sense of business and knowing what’s required, but also with a foundation based on real data science used for efficiency and automation, which also allows for extremely competitive pricing.
“I think it’s interesting to note that we have more software developers here than additive engineers,” says Ti Kawamoto, Digital Marketing Manager for Xometry.
Similar to your now traditional 3D printing service bureau, Xometry caters to the manufacturing arena and has put a lot of study into the best way to deliver for their customers in terms of a high-quality e-commerce experience that includes a modern web-based app for ordering.
“Our platform lets users order prototypes and end-use metal and plastic parts like they would business cards from an online print shop,” said Kawamoto. “While there are a lot of service bureaus out there doing production-quality 3D printing, we consider ourselves an ecommerce company.”
Formerly NextLine Manufacturing, Xometry’s areas of expertise are in allowing for parts within industrial 3D printing and CNC machining services. Geared completely toward ease and convenience for the customer–not themselves–there are no restrictive constraints like set-up costs or minimum order sizes, allowing for more latitude in pricing, ordering, and managing 3D printed parts to be ordered. They offer free shipping for 3D printed parts and also have rapid prototyped parts delivered within one to four business days.
For manufacturing of parts they use:
- Selective laser sintering (SLS)
- Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS)
- Polyjet 3D printing
- Rapid prototyping in CNC manufacturing
Headquartered in Maryland, Xometry caters mainly to product engineers. There is generally a need to be efficient in making protoypes and getting products to market, while often not wanting to incur a lot of upfront costs.
Xometry understands that while 3D printing is indeed transforming many sectors, a combination of traditional processes mixed with 3D printing is what is proving very effective for many companies right now in producing high-quality components.
“We integrate 3D printing with traditional manufacturing to produce high volumes of on-demand, unique parts, including custom components and aftermarket parts for legacy systems,” states the Xometry team.
Xometry is committed to producing accurate parts that are superior in durability, whether it’s in a large batch or just a single part. Their team is skilled in using equipment capable of producing complex geometries, and all with quick turnaround that doesn’t sacrifice quality. They offer standard and complex finishes for parts that can be used in end-use, low-volume production.
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