Our New Inspection Updates

Using feedback from our customers, we have updated our instant quoting platform to include 4 new inspection options.

By Shilpa Garg · February 28, 2018

We recently sent out a survey asking customers for feedback on our instant quoting platform. The top request was to add inspection options and we listened. Now there are four brand new inspection options on the "Inspection, Drawings, Notes" tab!


The 4 options are the following:

Standard: QC will verify that the part material, features, and finish are in accordance with the part requirements specified in the quote, CAD file, and/or print. If no dimensional print is provided with a part, QC measures to Xometry's Manufacturing Standards on dimensions they deem critical, such as overall size, holes, and depths. The inspection will be in-process. Documentation will not be shipped with your parts.

Standard With Dimensional Report: QC will perform an in-house inspection using calibrated tools where 100% of all dimensions, attributes, dimensional locations and print notes will be documented for at least 1 piece. A dimensional inspection report with a correlated ballooned print will be shipped with your part(s). A customer-supplied dimensional print is required for this inspection. Figure 1 shows an example of a Xometry dimensional inspection report with a correlated ballooned print.

CMM Inspection With Dimensional Report: QC will perform an in-house inspection using a Coordinate Measurement Machine (CMM) where 100% of all dimensions, attributes, dimensional locations and print notes will be documented for at least 1 piece. A CMM dimensional report with a correlated ballooned print will be shipped with your part(s). A customer-supplied dimensional print is required for this inspection. Figure 2 shows an example of a Xometry dimensional inspection report.

Custom: Choose this option if your part requires custom inspection requirements such as, but not limited to, the following: First Article Inspections (per AS9102), Non-Destructive Testing, Serialization, Source Inspection, Custom Sampling Plan, or if you would like to provide your own inspection datasheet.


FAQ:

What is included in a Standard Inspection?

Our QC team will measure to Xometry's Manufacturing Standards on dimensions they deem critical, such as overall size, holes, and depths.

Does the Standard Inspection include a dimensional report?

No. The Standard Inspection is a simple dimensional check and no documentation will ship with your parts.

How can I receive a dimensional inspection report?

Upgrade to Standard Inspection with Dimensional Report or CMM Inspection with Dimensional Report to receive a full dimensional inspection report that is correlated to your drawing.

Can you verify GD&T geometric tolerances like position, flatness, surface profile, parallelism, etc...?

Yes. If your part has GD&T requirements, it must be inspected using a Coordinate Measuring Machine. Please choose the CMM Inspection with Dimensional Report option.

Do you offer First Article Inspections?

Yes. This would require a Custom Inspection.

What can I expect to see in a Dimensional Report?

A dimensional inspection report will include a correlated ballooned print. Below is an example of a Xometry dimensional inspection report with a correlated ballooned print.

Where can I learn more about your inspection options?

You can learn all about our inspection options and the sampling plan that we follow here: Xometry Inspection & Sampling Plan



Check out the exact details of submitting inspections reports and requirements to our platform:


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Figure 1.  Xometry Sample Dimensional Inspection Report

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Figure 2. Xometry Sample CMM Dimensional Inspection Report


3D printed parts do not receive full measurement inspection due to natural deviations that occur within the process. Please consult Xometry's Design Guides for a better understanding of each process and expected outcomes. Some materials, such as SLS, may have accessible holes drilled open to the CAD model before shipping. Learn more about our inspection specifications in our FAQ article.


We're thrilled to receive customer feedback in order to continuously improve our instant quoting platform. Try out this new feature for yourself by quoting your custom part files today!