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How to Choose the Right CNC Material for Your Part

How to Choose the Right CNC Material for Your Part

Regardless of your industry, choosing the right material is one of the most important components in determining the overall functionality and cost of your part. Here are some quick tips for choosing the right material.

What is Plasma Cutting?

What is Plasma Cutting?

Plasma cutting is a manufacturing technology classified as a sheet metal cutting process since it is often used to cut metal sheet or tube stock quickly. Learn about the benefits of using plasma cutting over other types of subtractive manufacturing processes.

What is Laser Cutting?

What is Laser Cutting?

Laser cutting is a manufacturing technology classified as a sheet metal cutting process since it is often used to cut industrial sheet metals. Learn about the benefits of using laser cutting over other types of subtractive manufacturing processes.

What is Water Jetting?

What is Water Jetting?

Learn about water jet cutting, its applications, and whether it’s the right process for your manufacturing project.

eBook: CNC Metal Finishes

eBook: CNC Metal Finishes

We've compiled crisp visual examples of the 15 most common finishes we offer at Xometry for CNC machined parts. Download your copy to understand the colors, coating thicknesses, material properties, and application conformance of each surface finish or treatment.

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.