Our Ultimate Guide to Manufacturing Across Your Product Development Cycle

While many companies claim to provide manufacturing on demand, very few come close to Xometry when it comes to truly delivering against scalable capacity of production-as-a-service, fast turns on quoting and production, and uncompromising high-quality products.

By Shilpa Garg · August 29, 2018

Xometry's vast Partner Network provides a full range of industrial-grade manufacturing capabilities including 3D PrintingCNC MachiningSheet MetalUrethane Casting, and Injection Molding on a production-as-a-service basis. Our Machine Learning-trained Xometry Instant Quoting Engine℠ puts Big Data to work to give you pricing, lead time and DFM feedback instantly. And our Quality Assurance Lab and Applications Engineering team make sure that you get the part just the way you designed it.


Here is our handy reference guide to help you decide between the different manufacturing capabilities:

 

Subtractive

Additive

Tooled

CNC Sheet Metal FDM SLA SLS DMLS Polyjet 3D Injection Molding Urethane Casting
Applications
Prototyping ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ - ★★
Jigs, fixtures, & Tooling ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ -
End-Use Products ★★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★
Ideal Quantity Quantity Range 1 - 10,000 1 - 10,000 1 - 1,000 1 - 100 1 - 1,000 1 - 100 1 - 100 500 - 250,000+ 5 - 100
Lead Time Est. Lead Time (days) 6 12 3 4 3 5 2 21 15
Metal            
Plastic    
Wide Material Selection ★★★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★
Manufacturing Considerations
Complex Geometry ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★
Quantity Discount ★★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★
Easily Scalable ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★
Precision Tolerance ★★★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★
Good For Fine Details ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★
Good For Large Parts ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★★

Want more details? Browse our design guides for additional expert, process-specific design and manufacturing tips.

Want to know our tolerances? See our manufacturing standards for details by process.

Dig deeper into materials. See our full catalog of industrial-grade manufacturing materials for additional details and spec sheets.


Read more about how Xometry can help you from prototyping to final production here.

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