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3.5 Reasons to be a Xometry Manufacturing Partner

Xometry's manufacturing partner community is vibrant and diverse, helping to guide, shape, and build the Xometry marketplace into the most powerful on-demand manufacturing tool in the world. Let’s take a look at why top-notch manufacturers like yourself should hitch your wagon to our freight train of growth and business opportunities.

This is William Krueger and his dog, Bosley. Part of Xometry's amazing team in Lexington.
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It goes without saying that Xometry’s manufacturing partners are at the heart of everything we do. Our Partner Network is anchored to Xometry’s mission to create a vibrant manufacturing community of equals.

As Xometry continues to grow, our partner management team is focusing its efforts on delivering major improvements to the partner experience. Increased integration of Xometry Supplies into the core partner experience, robust financial tools and solutions for machine shops, Industrial Buying Engine, and numerous Workcenter improvements aimed at creating a frictionless experience from your first job to your 500th—these are just a taste of the changes we’re continuing to make. Which begs the question: why be a Xometry manufacturing partner in the first place?

I’m glad you asked!

Let’s take a look at the Xometry manufacturing partner experience to see why top-notch manufacturers like you, should hitch their wagon to our freight train of growth and business opportunities.

Streamline Your Business Operations

Streamline. That word gets thrown around a lot these days. Companies like to promise they will streamline your business operations and deliver growth. However, unlike overcomplicated software or shallow ideas, Xometry truly delivers the tools to streamline your operations and grow your business.

Let’s start with Workcenter. For starters, it’s free. And not just free in the monetary sense, but also free from burdensome downloads, slow updates, and limited access. The Xometry Workcenter is where you view, accept, and manage all your jobs. We recognize that our partners are too busy to sit at a computer all day, so the Workcenter is entirely web-based and can be accessed from any computer or mobile device—at the shop, in your home office, or waiting in line for coffee on your way into work. We’ve geared the Workcetner towards one thing: providing you with immediate work that best fits your shop’s capacity and capabilities.

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Waterjet cutting materials
Waterjet cutting materials
Waterjet cutting materials

But wait, it gets better. To aid you in this fast-paced industry, we’re removing the barriers to accepting and completing work. Sourcing raw materials and tools for your shop, for example, can be a tedious process that involves shopping around, expediting fees when you’re in a hurry and lots of waiting when you could be making chips. In Xometry’s most recent Small Manufacturing Index survey, which takes the pulse on U.S. manufacturing industry trends, we discovered that 50% of manufacturers surveyed cited the cost of materials and tools as negatively impacting the growth of their business. Thanks to Xometry Supplies, that’s no longer an issue.

Xometry Supplies is a premier provider of raw materials and cutting tools with over 118,000 products to choose from including Aluminum 6061, Acetal, Stainless, Alloy, and Carbon Steels. The goal of Xometry Supplies is to get manufacturers what they need to fabricate parts as fast as possible, alleviating downtime and streamlining business operations in their shop. Through our Xometry Supplies Flex program, you can purchase all the materials you need for your work and simply pays us back in 3 equal installments over 90 days, meaning cash flow will never get in the way of your workflow.

Our Tech Does the Heavy Lifting

Xometry is your always-on sales and marketing team, matching your shop’s capabilities and capacity to jobs of all sizes from customers around the world. How we do this and why are what make being a Xometry partner so amazing. Your shop is working with and benefiting from cutting-edge machine learning technology.

How does this work? When you apply to become a Xometry manufacturing partner, you fill out a Shop Profile. This profile collects everything we need to know about your shop’s machines, certifications—like ITAR, ISO 9001, AS9100, etc.—inspection capabilities, personnel, and job preferences. This data is then used to feed your Job Board—where we post all jobs that are ordered through Xometry—so you only see work that matches your shop’s capabilities and capacity.

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A CNC machinist on Xometry's Manufacturing Partner Network
A CNC machinist on Xometry's Manufacturing Partner Network
A CNC machinist on Xometry's Manufacturing Partner Network

Every single job that is on your Job Board comes pre-quoted. Using vast quantities of market data and advanced machine learning algorithms, Xometry’s Instant Quoting Engine automatically prices all parts that are uploaded by our customers. When the customer places the order, the job is placed on the Job Board for shops who meet the manufacturing, certification, and inspection requirements. It is then up to you to decide if the job is right for your shop. If it is, take it. That’s it.

Xometry saves you time quoting work and, subsequently, the need to chase work when you need extra jobs to fill spare capacity. Thanks to the power of machine learning, we send you the right job opportunities at the right time to help keep your machines running and employees working.

Support Tools For Xometry Manufacturing Partners

Apart from the Job Board, Workcenter, and Supplies business, Xometry Partners have access to a suite of tools that give you the financial stability and flexibility they need to grow their business. We know manufacturing is hard work, but getting paid shouldn’t be. Xometry’s financial solutions built specifically for machine shops and manufacturers makes it fast and easy to get paid for your work so you can overcome the high upfront costs for materials and tooling, and move on to your next job without delay. With InstantPay, you can get paid at the same time you accept a Xometry job from your Job Board. Alternatively, you can receive 50% of the value of eligible jobs immediately on your Xometry Advance Card—our no-cost, no-fee payment card that can be used wherever Visa™ is accepted. When you complete a job, Xometry always pays net-30. However, you can turn that into net-3 with FastPay to get the money you need to make crucial business decisions.

Along with our financial solutions, Xometry has an in-house team of dedicated machinists and manufacturing technical specialists standing by to help our manufacturing partners with any technical or manufacturing-related issues. What tool is best for this material? How would you machine this feature? Should I get a shop dog or cat? That one’s easy: get one of each.

Our Partner Tech Support team means you never have to tackle a job alone or without the knowledge to be successful. They’ve seen it all and are eager to share their years of experience working in this incredible and fast-paced industry.

We Want You To Succeed

Our manufacturing partner community is vibrant and diverse, helping to guide, shape, and build the Xometry marketplace into the most powerful on-demand manufacturing tool in the world. When you join our community, we want to see you succeed. We have dedicated team members who will work with you from the moment you submit your application through your first few jobs to ensure you are set up to successfully deliver high-quality parts on time from the get-go.

We are always looking for industry leaders in sheet metal fabrication, sheet metal cutting, CNC machining, 3D printing, injection molding, die casting, and urethane casting to join us as valued members of our Manufacturing Partner Network. If you are interested in growing your business and streamlining your operations with Xometry, we would love for you to apply to become a manufacturing Partner.

Grow Your Shop With Xometry

This is William Krueger and his dog, Bosley. Part of Xometry's amazing team in Lexington.
William Krueger
As a digital marketing specialist, William works with all forms of media from photography and video to content writing and graphic design to tell the story of American manufacturing. He holds a B.A. in Communication from Wittenberg University.