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Guide to Quoting Flight Parts through Xometry

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Manufacturing of Flight Parts through Xometry

Xometry is capable of reaching a variety of qualifications and standards, including those that are acceptable for “flight” components. This can include FAIR per AS9102, EAR requirements, DFARS, ITAR/CMMC, complex geometry, specialized finishing, and non-destructive testing (NDT) such as dye penetrant or magnetic particle inspection.

In aerospace, Flight Parts are those deemed critical to the function or success of an aircraft. “Flight” may also be used when describing critical parts for spacecraft--in other words, Spaceflight Parts. In some cases, such as life support items, we have seen terms like Human Spaceflight explicitly listed.

We want the opportunity to manually review any flight or spaceflight part before the finalization of the quote to ensure all requirements are adhered to during the manufacturing stage.

Precision machining is often used for flight and spaceflight parts

Here is the best way to request Flight Parts using Xometry:

Please follow these steps to the best of your ability. Need help? Contact us at

  • Upload your 3D CAD file(s) to our Xometry Instant Quoting Engine℠ as you would normally do for a quote.
  • Specify as much as you can by clicking “Modify Part” on the part line item.
  • Ensure a technical drawing is attached, as well as any inspection templates (if applicable) In the notes field, please put “Flight Parts.”
  • In the upper left-hand corner of the quote summary, click “Add Certifications” and check any appropriate requirements for ITAR/EAR, certifications, and traceability.
  • If the quote has moved to “Manual Quote Required,” please submit the manual quote.
  • If the quote is still in an auto-quoted state, please contact your Xometry account representative or with a message for us to finalize the quote for the flight components.
  • A representative will reach out to ensure we have all the details and requirements for making your project successful.
Guaranteed Quality

What will our Xometry experts look for on your Flight Parts quote?

  • Qualification and inspection requirements, such as FAIR per AS9102
  • Any restrictions pertaining to material sourcing, inspection, machining, or finishing (e.g. Approved Mills List, NADCAP, etc.)
  • Export restrictions or specific certifications
  • The level of acceptable traceability

Is this a Non-Flight or Research Part that is intended for flight in production?

  • Please let us know if any notes are not applicable to the drawing like secondary inspections and documentations
  • Please advise of any other exceptions allowable for material, features, dimensions, or finishes
  • Please be explicit if an approved supplier is required for finishing or NDT on non-flight components

Have any Questions?

Contact or your dedicated account representative. We are happy to get technical experts on the line to guide your project to successful completion!

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