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CNC Machining

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Threaded Inserts for Plastics: Types, Comparison and Selection Tips

This article reviews threaded inserts for plastics, covering press-fit, heat-set, helical, and molded-in inserts. It highlights their applications, benefits, and suitable materials & production technologies as well as explains how to order parts with threaded inserts.

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CNC Machining and Injection Molding to Produce Mechanical Parts for the Electronics Industry

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Flame Retardant Plastics & UL 94 Flammability Standards In Parts Manufacturing

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Unlocking Efficiency: The Power of Rapid Prototyping in Modern Manufacturing

Cutting Fluids for CNC Machining Processes

Basic CNC Machining Articles

Latest CNC Machining Articles

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Choosing Right File Formats for Manufacturing

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CNC Machining Material Selection

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CNC machining vs. 3D printing

Polymer CNC Machining vs. 3D Printing: Checklist To Choose the Right One

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Sheet metal laser cut parts

Steel Hardening Explained

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Surface Finishes for CNC Machining

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Selecting Right Surface Roughness for CNC Machining

All CNC Machining Articles

3D Printing

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Threaded Inserts for Plastics: Types, Comparison and Selection Tips

This article reviews threaded inserts for plastics, covering press-fit, heat-set, helical, and molded-in inserts. It highlights their applications, benefits, and suitable materials & production technologies as well as explains how to order parts with threaded inserts.

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3D Printing File Formats Compared: STL, AMF, 3MF and OBJ

MJF vs. SLS: Comparing Two Major 3D Printing Technologies

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Will It Break? A Live Experiment With 3D Printed Guitar Picks

Surface Roughness In 3D Printing

Basic 3D Printing Articles

Latest 3D Printing Articles

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Flame Retardant Plastics & UL 94 Flammability Standards In Parts Manufacturing

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PA11 vs. PA12: What Are the Differences?

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Unlocking Efficiency: The Power of Rapid Prototyping in Modern Manufacturing

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HP MJF 3D Printing Design Guidelines

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Choosing Right File Formats for Manufacturing

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Infographic: Design Rules for 3D Printing

All 3D Printing Articles

Sheet Metal Fabrication

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Sheet Metal Finishes: Plating And Polishing Options

This article is aimed at providing an overview of the options for sheet metal finishes available at Xometry.

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Choosing Right File Formats for Manufacturing

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Sheet Metal Materials Selection Guide

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Minimum Bend Radius Reference Table For Sheet Metal

Introduction to Laser Cutting

Basic Sheet Metal Articles

Latest Sheet Metal Articles

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Design Tips for Sheet Metal Bending

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Introduction to Sheet Metal Fabrication

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An Overview of Waterjet Cutting

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An Overview of Plasma Cutting

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Nesting Files for Sheet Metal Cutting: Tips & Best Practices

All Sheet Metal Articles

Injection Molding

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Threaded Inserts for Plastics: Types, Comparison and Selection Tips

This article reviews threaded inserts for plastics, covering press-fit, heat-set, helical, and molded-in inserts. It highlights their applications, benefits, and suitable materials & production technologies as well as explains how to order parts with threaded inserts.

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CNC Machining and Injection Molding to Produce Mechanical Parts for the Electronics Industry

Injection Molding Surface Finishes: SPI and VDI

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Flame Retardant Plastics & UL 94 Flammability Standards In Parts Manufacturing

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Injection Molding Materials Selection Guide

Basic Injection Molding Articles

Latest Injection Molding Articles

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Design Tips for Injection Molding

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3D printing vs. injection moulding

Injection Molding vs 3D Printing: Which One To Choose?

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Tolerances in Injection Molding

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Injection Molding Technology Overview

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Color Uniformity in Plastic Injection Molding

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Injection Molding vs. Compression Molding: Differences and Comparison

All Injection Molding Articles

Die Casting

ADC12 aluminium die cast parts
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Die Casting Material Selection Guide

In order to get the most out of the die casting process, selecting a suitable die casting material is important. This guide provides detailed information about the most common materials used by Xometry in die casting and their respective benefits and drawbacks.

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Design Tips for Die Casting

Die Casting General Overview: Process, Materials & Applications

Basic Die Casting Articles

Vacuum Casting

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Vacuum Casting vs. Injection Molding – What’s the Difference?

This article will describe the similarities and differences between vacuum casting and injection moulding to help you determine which process is best for your project.

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Design Tips for Vacuum Casting

Students using a 3D printer and a laptop, they are printing plastic prototypes

Unlocking Efficiency: The Power of Rapid Prototyping in Modern Manufacturing

Vacuum cast parts

Vacuum Casting Material Selection

Vacuum Casting: Technology Overview

Basic Vacuum Casting Articles

Compression Molding

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Compression Molding Design Tips

In this article, we'll delve into key considerations and strategies to enhance the efficiency and quality of compression molding processes, covering design principles and material selection.

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Injection Molding vs. Compression Molding: Differences and Comparison

Compression Molding: Technology Overview

Basic Compression Molding Articles

Plastic Extrusion

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Plastic Extrusion Technology Overview

This article will unravel the intricate aspects of the plastic extrusion process, from its foundational principles to its widespread applications.

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Basic Plastic Extrusion Articles

Thermoforming

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Thermoforming Technology Overview

This article will give you some insights into plastic thermoforming, from delving deep into the technical aspects of the process and understanding its pros and cons to its applications across industries.

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Materials

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Flame Retardant Plastics & UL 94 Flammability Standards In Parts Manufacturing

This article delves into flame-retardant plastics typically used to produce parts through 3D printing, CNC machining, and formative manufacturing technologies. It also covers the complexities of flame retardancy and industry standards, such as the UL 94 rating.

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PA11 vs. PA12: What Are the Differences?

3D Printing Materials Selection Guide

CNC Machining Material Selection

ADC12 aluminium die cast parts

Die Casting Material Selection Guide

Basic Materials Articles

Latest Materials Articles

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Mix Plastic pellets

Injection Molding Materials Selection Guide

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Metal sheets with galvanised painted finish

Sheet Metal Materials Selection Guide

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Sheet metal laser cut parts

Steel Hardening Explained

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Vacuum cast parts

Vacuum Casting Material Selection

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Steel materials

Cross-Reference Table of Steel Designation Standards

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The Best Flexible Materials in 3D Printing

All Materials Articles

Design

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Threaded Inserts for Plastics: Types, Comparison and Selection Tips

This article reviews threaded inserts for plastics, covering press-fit, heat-set, helical, and molded-in inserts. It highlights their applications, benefits, and suitable materials & production technologies as well as explains how to order parts with threaded inserts.

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3D Printing File Formats Compared: STL, AMF, 3MF and OBJ

A person using a digital caliper to measure the thickness of a black 3D-printed part, with the caliper

Impact of Post-Processing on Dimensional Accuracy of Parts

Compression Molding Design Tips

Vacuum cast parts

Design Tips for Vacuum Casting

Basic Design Articles

Latest Design Articles

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HP MJF 3D Printing Design Guidelines

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Infographic: Design Rules for 3D Printing

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FDM PLA parts

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D Printing Design Tips

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SLS Nylon PA12 as-printed sample part

Design Tips for Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D Printing

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Design Tips for Direct Metal Laser Sintering 3D Printing

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Design Tips for Carbon DLS™ 3D Printing

All Design Articles

Post-Processing

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Sheet Metal Finishes: Plating And Polishing Options

This article is aimed at providing an overview of the options for sheet metal finishes available at Xometry.

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Injection Molding Surface Finishes: SPI and VDI

A person using a digital caliper to measure the thickness of a black 3D-printed part, with the caliper

Impact of Post-Processing on Dimensional Accuracy of Parts

Post-processing for MJF and SLS

Post-processing for MJF and SLS 3D Printed Parts

Surface Finishes for 3D Printing

Latest Post-Processing Articles

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Surface Finishes for CNC Machining

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Sheet metal aluminium black anodised part

Everything You Need to Know About Black Anodizing

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Colored 3D printed parts

Color 3D Printing Options Overview

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Powder Coating vs. Anodizing for Aluminium

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Anodizing Aluminium: An Effective Finishing Option

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Vapor Smoothing: An Effective Surface Finish Process in 3D Printing

All Post-Processing Articles

Manufacturing Insights

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How Design for Manufacturing (DFM) Improves Prototyping

This blog will unpack the essentials of DFM, offering insights into its application in modern prototyping. You will learn how to integrate it effectively, grasp its benefits, and ensure your prototyping journey is innovative and feasible.

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Students using a 3D printer and a laptop, they are printing plastic prototypes

Unlocking Efficiency: The Power of Rapid Prototyping in Modern Manufacturing

CNC Machining process

On-Demand Manufacturing: What it is and How it Works

Cloud Manufacturing: Past, Present, and Future – an Academic Review

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Analysis of the Largest Early Adopter in the Cloud Manufacturing Market: Xometry