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CNC Machining

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

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

Unlocking Efficiency: The Power of Rapid Prototyping in Modern Manufacturing

Cutting Fluids for CNC Machining Processes

Choosing Right File Formats for Manufacturing

Basic CNC Machining Articles

Latest CNC Machining Articles

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Steel 1.7131 / 16MnCr5

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

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Size Limitations in CNC Machining

All CNC Machining Articles

3D Printing

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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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MJF vs SLS: 3D Printing Technologies Compared

3D Printed Guitar Picks Experiment with Niko at Xometry

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

PA11 vs. PA12: What Are the Differences?

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

Unlocking Efficiency: The Power of Rapid Prototyping in Modern Manufacturing

Basic 3D Printing Articles

Latest 3D Printing Articles

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Complex 3D printed part via MJF

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

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Infographic: 3D Printing Process and Material Decision Guide

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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

All 3D Printing Articles

Sheet Metal

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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

Metal sheets with galvanised painted finish

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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Sheet metal bending machine

Design Tips for Sheet Metal Bending

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Introduction to Sheet Metal Fabrication

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Waterjet cutting machine

An Overview of Waterjet Cutting

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Plasma cutting machine

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

Injection molding machine

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

Mix Plastic pellets

Injection Molding Materials Selection Guide

Design Tips for Injection Molding

Basic Injection Molding Articles

Latest Injection Molding Articles

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3D printing vs. injection moulding

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

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Injection molded parts

Tolerances in Injection Molding

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Injection moulding SPI finishes

Injection Molding Surface Finishes: SPI and VDI

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Injection molded parts

Injection Molding Technology Overview

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Injection molded blue bottle caps

Color Uniformity in Plastic Injection Molding

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Metal tool for molding

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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High precision die mold for casting automotive aluminium parts

Design Tips for Die Casting

Die cast aluminium parts

Die Casting General Overview: Process, Materials & Applications

Basic Die Casting Articles

Urethane 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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Vacuum cast parts

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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Metal tool for molding

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?

Ful colour 3D printing MJF options

3D Printing Materials Selection Guide

Steel 1.7131 / 16MnCr5

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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Design Tips For CNC Machining

The design process for CNC machining requires precision and accuracy to produce quality designs. This is why there are recommended general CNC machining design rules that apply to the most common features of CNC machined parts.

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Compression Molding Design Tips

Vacuum cast parts

Design Tips for Vacuum Casting

Complex 3D printed part via MJF

HP MJF 3D Printing Design Guidelines

Infographic: Design Rules for 3D Printing

Basic Design Articles

Latest Design Articles

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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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Carbon DLS 3D printed part

Design Tips for Carbon DLS™ 3D Printing

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Polyjet printed part

Polyjet 3D Printing Design Tips

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SLA 3D printed parts

Stereolithography (SLA) 3D Printing Design Tips

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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Post-processing for MJF and SLS

Post-processing for MJF and SLS 3D Printed Parts

Surface Finishes for 3D Printing

Surface Finishes for CNC Machining

Sheet metal aluminium black anodised part

Everything You Need to Know About Black Anodizing

Latest Post-Processing Articles

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Colored 3D printed parts

Color 3D Printing Options Overview

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Powder coating vs anodising

Powder Coating vs. Anodizing for Aluminium

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Injection moulding SPI finishes

Injection Molding Surface Finishes: SPI and VDI

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Sheet Metal Aluminium Anodizing All colours

Anodizing Aluminium: An Effective Finishing Option

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

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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

Illustration of digital manufacturing for the automotive industry

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