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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.

Xometry Finishing Service: A Marketplace for Custom Parts

Xometry Finishing Service: A Marketplace for Custom Parts

Xometry’s newest product release, the Finishing Service, is a world-class platform where you can seamlessly send RFQs to Xometry’s highly-vetted, post-processing manufacturing partners, receive and evaluate quotes, and manage orders in one convenient location.

eBook: Mastering Tolerances for Machined Parts

eBook: Mastering Tolerances for Machined Parts

We've compiled our best design tips into this ebook to help you learn how to determine and define CNC tolerances. Read more about fits, datums, GD&T, and more to start designing more precise parts for your projects.

eBook: Designing for Sheet Metal Fabrication

eBook: Designing for Sheet Metal Fabrication

We've compiled our best design tips into this ebook to help you understand the sheet metal fabrication process, important design considerations for optimizing your parts for manufacturing, and information about Xometry's sheet metal services.

Video: Super-cooling Plastics for Better Precision Machining

Video: Super-cooling Plastics for Better Precision Machining

Xometry Director of Application Engineering Greg Paulsen recently spent a day at Xometry’s Quality Assurance Lab to check out the different inspection equipment. What he saw was a fascinating solution to the perils of machining plastics.