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Surface Finish Photo Gallery for 3D Printed Parts

Surface Finish Photo Gallery for 3D Printed Parts

Xometry offers a variety of materials for our many 3D Printing processes. To help you decide which process and finish is best for your part, check out our newly-created 3D Printing Surface Finish Gallery.

What the Media Leaves Out of Its 3D Printing Coverage

What the Media Leaves Out of Its 3D Printing Coverage

There’s an adage you often hear that “all publicity is good publicity,” and for the most part this has proved true for the 3D printing industry. But while media attention is helping to inspire tomorrow’s engineers, it’s created a distorted perception of the technology, one that’s limiting its true value.

Maximum Print Sizes for 3D Printed Parts

Maximum Print Sizes for 3D Printed Parts

We often receive questions from customers regarding the maximum size of a part that can be printed. It’s a great question and the answer depends entirely on the process you decided to use.

Understanding SLS Additive Manufacturing

Understanding SLS Additive Manufacturing

Selective Laser Sintering, or SLS, is an additive manufacturing process that uses a laser to fuse thin layers of nylon powder together to create parts.

FDM Mini-Guide

FDM Mini-Guide

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is an additive manufacturing process in which a machine precisely extrudes melted plastic filament to create a part.