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New Materials: Valyrian Steel, Mithril and More!

New Materials: Valyrian Steel, Mithril and More!

Our limited-time offer created a surge in demand from customers like you for Valyrian Steel and Mithril custom parts, with Vibranium material trailing close behind. These rare materials accounted for 25% of all orders!

NextLine is now Xometry

NextLine is now Xometry

When it comes to on-demand manufacturing, we offer the most advanced technologies for pricing and ordering parts.

Why Hardware Startups are Turning to 3D Printing

Why Hardware Startups are Turning to 3D Printing

The number of U.S. hardware startups is rapidly increasing. According to The Wall Street Journal, in 2013, some $848 million was invested in hardware startups in the United States alone.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Xometry and Q&A with Co-Founder Randy Altschuler

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Xometry and Q&A with Co-Founder Randy Altschuler

Randy Altschuler is the CEO of Xometry, a Maryland-based manufacturer that utilizes proprietary technology to integrate 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) with traditional manufacturing to produce high volumes of on-demand, unique parts, including custom parts and aftermarket parts for legacy systems.