Don't Panic. Here's Xometry's Ultimate Guide to help you choose the optimal process for your project.

We offer on-demand solutions across your product development cycle

Rapid Prototyping On Demand

Quote and buy design and engineering prototypes in plastics or metals instantly with the Xometry Instant Quoting Engine. Choose from a full suite of 3D Printing and subtractive manufacturing processes to meet your design complexity, lead time, and material requirements.

Jigs & Tooling On Demand

Build custom support structures and production tooling in a flash with metals or plastics as you gear up for production. From CNC Machining to Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), and Stereolithography (SLA) based on your needs.

End-use Production On Demand

Go to market faster and scale production capacity as your needs evolve with Xometry's CNC Machining, Sheet Metal, 3D Printing, and Injection Molding capabilities. Our Partner Network has a combined capacity of over 8,000 machines. Control your production destiny.

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The three key components of manufacturing on demand are scalable capacity of production-as-a-service, fast turns on quoting and production, and of course, uncompromising high quality products. While many companies claim to provide manufacturing on demand, very few come close to Xometry when it comes to truly delivering against these three requirements across the product development continuum.

Xometry's Partner Network provides a full range of industrial-grade manufacturing capabilities including 3D Printing, CNC Machining, Sheet Metal, Urethane 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's a handy quick reference guide to help you decide between different manufacturing capabilities Xometry offers

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Subtractive

Additive

Tooled

CNC Machining Sheet Metal Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) HP Multi Jet Fusion Stereolithography (SLA) Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Metal 3D Printing (DMLS) Polyjet 3D Carbon Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) 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 - 1,000 1 - 100 1 - 1,000 1 - 100 1 - 100 1 - 1,000 500 - 250,000+ 5 - 100
Lead Time Est. Lead Time (days) 4 5 2 3 3 3 5 2 5 15 15
Metal
Plastic
Wide Material Selection ★★★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★
Manufacturing Considerations
Complex Geometry ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★
Quantity Discount ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★
Easily Scalable ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★
Precision Tolerance ★★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★
Good For Fine Details ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★
Good For Large Parts ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★★

Design Guides

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

Tolerances

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

Materials and Finishes

See our full catalog of industrial-grade manufacturing materials manufacturing materials for additional details and spec sheets. Examine our 3D printed materials in the photo gallery.

Turbocharge the way you make custom parts

Massive Network Capacity

Instantly access the production capacity of over 3,000 manufacturers with wide-ranging capabilities and certifications across 50 states. From your desktop. Strict NDA agreements with our network protect privacy.

Instant Quoting Engine

Get DFM feedback, lead times, and pricing in a matter of clicks, not days. Xometry IQ℠ puts Big Data to work for you so you can easily choose the optimal price/lead time option for your project.

Guaranteed Quality

We are ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D certified, ITAR registered, and offer CoCs, material certifications, finishing certs, inspection reports, and hardware certs.