Manufacturing Capabilities

Xometry’s 2,300-strong Manufacturing Partner Network offers wide-ranging capabilities from CNC Machining, industrial-grade 3D Printing, Sheet Metal, Urethane Casting, and production-grade Injection Molding. All on one platform and just a click away. Instead of keeping track of numerous lists of shops with different capabilities in your local area, with Xometry you always have instant access to multiple manufacturing processes from quality facilities in our US-based network.

CNC Machining Services

How Does CNC Machining Work?

CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) Machining is a means to remove material using high speed, precision machines that use a wide variety of cutting tools to create the final design. Common CNC machines include vertical milling machines, horizontal milling machines, and lathes. Complex cylindrical shapes can be manufactured more cost effectively using a CNC lathe versus a 3 or 5-axis CNC milling machine. With a CNC lathe, the part stock turns while the cutting tools remain stationary. Conversely, on a CNC mill, the cutting tools move while the stock remains fixed. To create the geometry of a part, the CNC computer controls the rotational speed of the stock as well as the movement and feed rates of the stationary tools. If square features are needed on an otherwise round part, the round geometry is first created on the CNC lathe followed by the square features on a CNC mill. To successfully make a part on a CNC Machine, programs instruct the machine how it should move. The programmed instructions given to the CNC machine are encoded using CAM (computer aided manufacturing) software in conjunction with the CAD (computer aided design) model provided by the customer. The CAD model is loaded into the CAM software and tool paths are created based on the required geometry of the manufactured part. Once the tool paths are determined, the CAM software creates machine code that tells the machine how fast to move, how fast to turn the stock and/or tool, and where to move in a 5-axis X, Y, Z, A and B coordinate system.

Why Work With Xometry For CNC Machining?

We combine the latest CNC machining and turning processes with proprietary technology to deliver high quality, on-demand parts. Our typical tolerance accuracy ranges from +/-0.001" to +/-0.005" for metal and +/- .002" to +/- .010" for plastic, depending on customer specs. Please see our Manufacturing Standards for more details.


Direct Metal Laser Sintering

How Does Direct Metal Laser Sintering Work?

By definition, Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is an Additive 3D metal printing technology that builds prototype and production metal parts from a CAD file using a laser to selectively fuse a fine metal powder in either stainless steel or aluminum materials. A DMLS machine is capable of producing highly complex features and all-in-one assemblies using metal materials that would be difficult to achieve with subtractive manufacturing techniques.

Our DMLS printing service typically offers build volumes up to 250 x 250 x 325 mm, but we may be able to accommodate larger part volumes upon request in the quote. (See our Manufacturing Standards for more details) Find out the cost of the parts you need using DMLS or compare the costs of DMLS vs. SLS. Get a free instant quote today.


Fused Deposition Modeling

How Does Fused Deposition Modeling Work?

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is a 3D printing technology widely known for its speed, accuracy, and competitive cost. A machine precisely extrudes melted plastic filament to create a part. Parts are very rigid, especially compared to Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), which makes them a great fit for projects with a rigidity requirement.

Producing parts in FDM is broken up into 3 steps, which includes pre-processing, production, and post-processing.

PRE-PROCESSING:
Printer software slices 3D CAD file into layers. For each slice, the software then converts the data into machine code that determines tool paths for the machine to follow.
PRODUCTION:
An extruder head extrudes liquefied plastic filament along the tool path layer by layer until the part is completed bottom-up.
POST-PROCESSING:
Support material is removed by either dissolving it in water, or breaking it off. More custom finishes such as tapping, inserts, etc. are then applied.

Why Work With Xometry For FDM?

Our FDM solution offers large build volumes up to 24″ x 36″ x 36″, a variety of colors, and a diverse selection of production-grade thermoplastics ‒ from ABS to Polycarbonate to Ultem.


PolyJet 3D Printing

How Does PolyJet 3D Printing Work?

PolyJet 3D is a 3D printing technology known for its customizable material properties and excellent surface finish. It works by jetting UV curable resin onto a build tray in a process that is somewhat similar to inkjet printing. PolyJet 3D printing offers one of the most advanced industrial 3D printing solutions available, producing parts with incredible precision and speed. It also supports a wide variety of build materials.

Selective Laser Sintering

How Does Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Work?

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is a powerful 3D printing technology that produces highly accurate and durable parts that are capable of being used directly in end-use, low-volume production, or for rapid prototyping.

An additive manufacturing layer technology, SLS involves the use of a high power laser (for example, a carbon dioxide laser) to fuse small particles of plastic powders into a mass that has a desired three-dimensional shape. The laser selectively fuses powdered material by scanning cross-sections generated from a 3-D digital description of the part (for example from a CAD file or scan data) on the surface of a powder bed. After each cross-section is scanned, the powder bed is lowered by one layer thickness, a new layer of material is applied on top, and the process is repeated until the part is completed.


Sheet Metal Fabrication

How Does Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication Work?

Sheet metal fabrication is the process of forming parts from a metal sheet by punching, cutting, stamping, and/or bending. 3D CAD files are converted into machine code, which controls a machine to precisely cut and form the sheets into the final part. Sheet metal parts are known for their durability, which makes them great for end-use applications (e.g. chassis). Parts used for low volume prototypes and high volume production runs are most cost-effective due to large initial setup and material costs.

Why Work With Xometry?

Our custom sheet metal services offer a cost-effective and on-demand solution for your manufacturing needs. Fabrication services range from low-volume prototype to high-volume production runs.


Stereolithography

How Does Stereolithography (SLA) 3D Printing Work?

Stereolithography (SLA) is a powerful 3D printing technology that produces extremely accurate and high resolution parts that are capable of being used directly in end-use, low-volume production, or for rapid prototyping.

SLA is an additive manufacturing process that focuses an ultraviolet (UV) light on a vat of photopolymer resin. It offers higher resolution printing than many other 3D printing technologies, allowing customers to print parts with fine details and surface finishes. SLA 3D printing is a highly-versatile platform for making custom parts in prototype and production settings; often acting as a stand-in for injection molded plastic parts.

Why SLA Printing With Xometry?

Xometry will offer both standard and high-resolution options for fine detail parts, and can also print larger sized parts and products, with some materials offering up to a 58" inch build area. In addition, Xometry's manufacturing partner network allows us to offer a larger variety of materials than other 3D printing companies - we offer a wide range of both Accura and Somos brand materials.

Urethane Casting

How Does Urethane Casting Work?

Urethane casting provides end-use, rigid or flexible plastic parts with production-level quality. Built without expensive and time-consuming hard tooling, our urethane casting process uses a 3D printed master pattern and silicone molds to deliver high-quality, short-run parts up to 30” long. The finished dimensions of urethane cast parts depends on the accuracy of the master model, part geometry and casting material. In general, a shrinkage rate of + 0.15% is expected.


Injection Molding Services

Why Work With Xometry For Injection Molding?

From prototype, to pilot, to production parts, Xometry combines the latest Injection Molding processes with proprietary technology and an experienced Injection Molding manufacturing team to deliver high quality, on-demand injection molded parts. Xometry utilizes a network of over a thousand manufacturers - including a wide range of Injection Molding shops - to provide services from tool design, to manufacturing feasibility, to production runs of simple and complex parts as well as multi-component assemblies.

Our key capabilities include:

  • Quotes in 24 hours
  • Multi-cavity, family molds
  • Insert molding
  • Overmolding
  • Tight tolerances
  • Unlimited undercuts
  • Custom colors
  • Complex and large parts
  • Variety of mold construction, mold material strategies
  • First Article Inspections/Dimensional reports/PPAP
  • ISO9001 & ISO13485
  • Machine presses in the 50 to 2,000 ton range
  • All industry standard materials available

Plus - with Xometry you own the mold, providing you with greater flexibility and control over your manufacturing process. Get injection molded parts your way, not subject to someone else's production constraints.