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Engineers from every industry face the same challenges in their everyday work when it comes to designing and sourcing parts. These challenges include an unpredictable economic landscape, scattered manufacturing capacities, and a lack of clear technical information. However, on-demand manufacturing companies like Xometry can help overcome these challenges.

The core structure of Xometry makes it a reliable partner for engineers and companies looking to improve production efficiency and source parts quickly. This global player in on-demand manufacturing is centered around a strong manufacturing supplier network, which allows the company to respond quickly and undertake all kinds of projects.


Addressing the global challenges of sourcing parts

Scattered manufacturing capacity


One of the biggest challenges in the industry is the sparse manufacturing capacity. Companies often have difficulty finding a suitable provider with free capacity. Sometimes they even need to call on multiple providers for specific projects and required technologies.


Xometry is a ready-to-go solution for sourcing parts more efficiently: a platform combining all technologies for CNC machining parts, 3D printing online, sheet metal fabrication, plastic injection moulding, and die casting. The company also offers a large selection of materials (75 metals and plastics) and finishes (anodising, bead blasting, polishing, vapour smoothing, powder coating, etc.) to help you save time when sourcing parts.


Long quoting times

In a world driven by urgency, waiting hours or days to get a quote is unacceptable—even more so if you have a CAD file ready. Xometry’s Instant Quoting Engine is a free online platform that provides an instant cost estimate for parts for different technologies, materials, complexities, and quantities.
In just a few clicks, the AI-based system instantly calculates the production cost of the part based on the imported 3D design and the manufacturing settings selected. Users can try out different combinations until they find the most suitable and economical option.

Rising material costs

In the current context of increasing trade complexity, the price of materials is rising rapidly and unpredictably. This has a direct impact on the finances of businesses in a time when they are trying harder than ever to find the most cost-effective solution. 
Thanks to a network of more than 5,000 partners worldwide, 2,000 of which are located in Europe alone, Xometry can always offer competitive prices and ensures that your project is feasible at reasonable market prices.


Environmentally-friendly behaviour

Ecological awareness is spreading in all areas of life and industry is no exception. Companies are increasingly looking for more environmentally-friendly manufacturing options and more thoughtful resource management—something Xometry understands. Through its network of partners and its management platform, the company can pool the production capacities and material reserves of its suppliers. This distributed manufacturing approach helps manage capacities and logistics more efficiently.

Informing engineers

One of the easiest ways to source parts efficiently is practicing good 3D design and making the best choices in terms of technologies, materials, and finishes. But this is not an easy task for product designers and engineers. That’s why Xometry provides informative resources to support engineers.
Its website has numerous online resources and design guides with technology tips, advice for reducing production costs, and case studies for inspiration. Xometry also offers user consultations to support you throughout the production process.
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Xometry, a reliable manufacturing partner

Xometry has strong expertise in manufacturing parts for different applications and can handle all possible technological and material requirements. Over the years, the company has provided high-quality services to a growing number of businesses in the automotive, medical, industrial and electronics industries, to name a few.

By offering a wide variety of technologies, materials, and finishes, Xometry can handle highly complex or pioneering projects. For example, the company has supported challenging and innovative projects such as developing a machine capable of destroying viruses in the air. Paul Byrne, a mechanical engineer, created a fully functional device that removes viruses from the air indoors.


“Using Xometry as a supplier is a wonderful experience, as I don’t have to worry about the quality anymore. I’ve done my job as an engineer, they’ve done theirs as a supplier,” says Byrne. “Xometry can supply me with any quantity of CNC-machined parts and sheet metal very quickly.


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