Xometry, an “on-demand manufacturing network,” is adding diecasting producers to its network of qualified suppliers, available to quote work projects to operations needing production of finished parts. Previously offered capabilities include CNC machining, 3D printing, sheet metal fabrication, injection molding, and urethane casting, and it also will add stamping, and extrusion to its offering.
Diecasting is the process of forming metal parts by forcing molten metal into a mold under pressure. It’s particularly applicable to nonferrous metals, and to complex small- to mid-sized parts, in high-volume production. Diecastings typically present dimensional consistency and good surface-finish characteristics.
The Xometry service has over 2,500 U.S. shops (or "partners") available to quote production orders to customers’ Requests for Quotes. It claims to have over 12,000 customers, including BMW, General Electric, and NASA.
"We are excited to offer an RFQ service to our customers," stated CEO Randy Altschuler. "This new offering allows us to serve additional needs for our customers as well as the manufacturers in our partner network."
To receive a quote, and for a fee of $20.00, customers upload part files to Xometry's site and specify their part requirements. An RFQ will go out to Xometry's partner network and qualified shops will respond within seven days. Customers may communicate with the shops who bid and select a supplier.
In addition to the RFQs, qualified partners are eligible to receive discounts through a "Shop Advantage" program, which offers purchase discounts on Sandvik Coromant cutting tools and tooling; Dell computer technology; supply-chain services from Geared for Green and Transportation Impact; financing from Manufacturers Capital; and custom metals and plastics from OnlineMetals.