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On-Demand Webinar: Xometry's Top Questions of 2019—Answered

On-Demand Webinar: Xometry's Top Questions of 2019—Answered

In this on-demand webinar, a panel of Xometry engineers discuss the top questions Xometry received about its services in 2019. These include questions about NDAs, quality control, and specific project tips on designing parts for machining, additive, injection molding, urethane casting, and sheet metal fabrication.

The X-Tiles Video Series: Anodized Aluminum and More

The X-Tiles Video Series: Anodized Aluminum and More

Watch part 5 of our video series, the X-Tiles, to help you distinguish between the most common CNC machining post-finishing, including standard and hardcoat anodize, E-Nickel plating, and chem chromate conversion coatings.

CNC Machining Trends in 2020

CNC Machining Trends in 2020

While 2019 delivered challenges to CNC machining shops, 2020 holds much potential for technological advancement. Turnkey parts, complex multi-axis manufacturing, smaller batch sizes, competitive lead times, and an embrace of the web are among the top trends shaping CNC machine shops for 2020 and beyond.

The X-Tiles Video Series: CNC Machined Metal Finishes

The X-Tiles Video Series: CNC Machined Metal Finishes

Watch part 4 of our video series, the X-Tiles, to help you distinguish between Xometry's 25+ CNC machining metal finishes—including common finishes, "clear" finishes, and conductive finishes—and choose the best finish for your project.

The Best CNC Materials for the Medical Device Industry

The Best CNC Materials for the Medical Device Industry

The medical device industry covers an enormous line of products, but even so, there are often overlapping material requirements between applications. Learn about medical industry materials that offer low moisture, high heat-resistance, low corrosion, high hardness, and more.