Today Max and I speak with Xometry’s Greg Paulson again. This time we talk about scale in 3D printing. With manufacturing and real production seen as the new 3D printing frontier, companies are gearing up for products, services and the ever-popular “end to end solutions.” But, can we really do scale in 3D printing? And also should we want to do millions of low-cost parts? Or should we focus on scale but in limited verticals and applications? Can you do low cost and high-value parts at the same time? Or will we see specialized low cost and high regulatory regime players emerge? We don’t have all the answers but in a lively discussion, we talk about how far away we are from scale and what is needed. We hope you enjoy this episode and please do reach out to me should you wish to suggest a topic or guest.
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The first episode: Beyond PLA.
At 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020, CAD giant Dassault Systèmes made a number of announcements related to its 3DEXPERIENCE suite and SOLIDWORKS CAD software. One piece of news in particular has particular relevance for the 3D printing industry: Xometry’s manufacturing platform will be tied into Dassault’s SOLIDWORKS and CATIA applications.
Within the design environments of SOLIDWORKS and CATIA, users will be able to automatically and directly access Xometry price quotes on MAKE Marketplace. Engineers are therefore able to obtain a cost estimate for a part as it is being designed, without the need for manually uploading and checking the price of parts using a variety of online service bureaus.
For CAD users, remaining within the confines of the design environment is key to maintaining efficiency and an optimal workflow. With every new software update, software developers like Dassault count the number of clicks it takes to perform a given action. In the case of getting a quick manufacturing quote in SOLIDWORKS and CATIA, it now takes one, as opposed to about a dozen in a web interface.
Due to the digitization of manufacturing as made possible by technologies like 3D printing, the lines between designer, engineer and machine operator are starting to blur. As a result, engineers and designers are playing an increasing role in the actual production of a part. This latest update allows them to source the cost of a part as they are designing it.
Sébastien Massart, head of corporate strategy for Dassault Systèmes, said of the partnership, “We launched the MAKE Marketplace in 2018 to make it easy for customers to design and manufacture. Our partnership with Xometry takes this a step further. Customers can order high quality additive manufacturing or CNC machining parts in one click at the right price, thanks to Xometry instant quoting capabilities. This is all part of our vision to continuously reduce the friction that customers face going from design to manufacturing.”
Xometry is Dassault’s first “prime partner” for its MAKE Marketplace, which purportedly signifies qualified service providers with industrial-grade quality certifications, high production capacities and satisfaction rates. Other prime partners will be added to the marketplace in the future.
The news of its partnership with Xometry came with the overall update of Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE, a cloud-based platform that connects all of the software company’s apps in a single environment. This year’s update includes a full integration of SOLIDWORKS with 3DEXPERIENCE, meaning that users no longer have to rely on the desktop version of the CAD software and can connect more directly with the larger platform’s apps. Perhaps the most unique announcement from the event was that Dassault is developing a digital twin of the human body.
For Xometry, the partnership with Dassault is a significant one. After obtaining a $50M investment last year, the manufacturing platform will be placed in front of the eyes of over two million engineers and designers via SOLIDWORKS, one of the most popular CAD software packages on the market.
Already involved in a partner network of over 1,000 European manufacturers for CNC machining and sheet metal, it is easy to see how the somewhat similar company—and Europe’s largest on-demand manufacturing marketplace—will help leverage Xometry’s current plans to continue expanding throughout Western Europe.
“Global expansion is a key step for us,” said Xometry CEO Randy Altschuler. “Many of our customers, like BMW and Bosch, have a global presence and we can serve more of their needs with a global network. Our AI-driven algorithms and intelligent sourcing platform give us a competitive advantage as we expand across new geographies and manufacturing technologies.”
Shift, now to become Xometry Europe, will figure in predominantly as all involved accelerate 3D printing services, increasing their combined network to include 4,000 manufacturers, and the opportunity to conduct business in 12 additional countries.
“We are thrilled to join the Xometry team,” said Albert Belousov, Shift co-founder and Managing Director of Xometry Europe. “Our customers and suppliers will benefit from us joining forces with Xometry.”
“There are huge opportunities in enabling Xometry’s Instant Quote Engine and other product features in the European market,” said Alexander Belskiy, Shift co-founder and Head of Technology for Xometry Europe.
With an existing network of customers that includes leaders in European manufacturing, Shift (now Xometry Europe) will continue to maintain headquarters in Munich. Their leading investors, Cherry Ventures, will now back Xometry too:
“The custom manufacturing industry is a massive global market of over $100 billion. We’re excited for Shift to utilize Xometry’s industry-leading technology as well as leverage the global manufacturing expertise from other Xometry investors, including BMW i Ventures and Robert Bosch Venture Capital,” said Christian Meermann, Founding Partner, Cherry Ventures.
Founded in 2013, Xometry has already raised $118 million, and doubled revenues each year. Their team has also grown from 100 to 300 employees.
“We’re eager to leverage Xometry’s technology to continue to scale our business in Europe. We look forward to providing our customers with additional manufacturing capabilities, including additive manufacturing and injection molding,” said Dmitry Kafidov, Shift co-founder and Managing Director of Xometry Europe.
Currently, Xometry works with a large customer base—from new businesses to well-established companies within the Fortune 100. With their ever-growing international network in place, Xometry can offer custom manufacturing with rapid lead times, as well as industrial supply materials, and capabilities to include the following:
- 3D printing
- CNC machining
- Sheet metal fabrication
- Injection molding
- Urethane casting
Along with the previously mentioned BMW and Bosch, other notable Xometry customers include Dell Technologies, GE, and even NASA. Xometry has remained a dynamic force within the 3D printing industry over the years, from other acquisitions to experiments with materials, and ongoing manufacturing solutions. What do you think of this news? Let us know your thoughts! Join the discussion of this and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com.
[Source / Images & Video: Xometry]
We’re starting off this 3D Printing News Briefs edition with some good news from Xometry – this week, it announced the availability of Carbon DLS technology as one of its process options. Moving on, Markforged published a case study and Aeromet announced new properties for its A20X powder. Finally, HP has launched a design competition.
Xometry Offering Carbon DLS Technology
Just this week, custom on-demand manufacturing network Xometry announced that it will be offering Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology by Carbon as one of its available 3D printing process options, in addition to SLS, SLA, FDM, DMLS, PolyJet, and HP’s Multi Jet Fusion. Through its Instant Quoting Engine, Xometry customers can get quotes, design feedback, and lead times for production-grade parts 3D printed with Carbon’s DLS. You can learn more about how to get the most out of this technology, and the Xometry platform, during a live webinar on Wednesday, August 14, from 12 – 1 pm; each attended will be entered to win a pair of Adidas Futurecraft 4D shoes with 3D printed soles by Carbon.
“We are very excited to add Carbon’s cutting-edge DLS technology to Xometry’s capabilities. Our additive customers have been asking us for it due to its reputation for speed and quality,” stated Bill Cronin, Xometry’s Chief Revenue Officer.
Aeromet Announces New Properties for A20X Alloy
announcement covering new record-breaking properties achieved by the A20X alloy after a research project involving Rolls-Royce, Renishaw and Aeromet.
A20X cements its status as a leading aluminium powder for additive manufacturing after breaking the critical 500 MPa UTS mark.
6th August 2019: A20X, the aluminium alloy developed and patented by UK foundry specialist Aeromet International, has cemented its status one of the strongest aluminium additive manufacturing powders commercially available after surpassing the key 500 MPa UTS mark.
As part of a recent research project involving aero-engine giant Rolls-Royce and additive manufacturing equipment specialist Renishaw, heat-treated parts produced using A20X Powder have achieved an Ultimate Tensile Strength (UTS) of 511 MPa, a Yield Strength of 440 MPa and Elongation of 13% – putting the powder at the forefront of high-strength aluminium additive manufacturing.
Crucially, parts additively manufactured with A20X Powder maintain high-strength and fatigue properties even at elevated temperatures, outperforming other leading aluminium powders.
Mike Bond, Director of Advanced Material Technology at Aeromet, commented: “Since bringing the A20X alloy to market for additive manufacturing 5 years ago we have seen significant adoption for high-strength, design-critical applications. By working with Rolls-Royce, Renishaw and PSI we have optimised processing parameters that led to record-breaking results, opening up new design possibilities for aerospace and advanced engineering applications”.
The HighSAP project, backed by the UK’s National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP), was led by Aeromet and involved Rolls-Royce, Renishaw and atomisation experts PSI. A20X Powder for additive manufacturing is derived from the MMPDS-approved A20X Casting alloy, the world’s strongest aluminium casting alloy, which is in use by a global network of leading aerospace casting suppliers.
- Aeromet announces new properties for A20X powder
- Case study: Dunlop uses Markforged technology to save thousands
- HP launches 3D Print Design Competition
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Led by Greenspring Associates, Xometry has just announced $50MM raised in equity funding. Also funding the on-demand manufacturing marketplace are:
- Dell Technologies Capital
- BMW i Ventures
- Foundry Group
- GE Ventures
- Highland Capital Partners
- Maryland Venture Fund
- Almaz Capital
Founded in 2014 as a manufacturing startup and headquartered in Maryland, Xometry has now raised a total of $113MM, leading us to wonder how they will designate these funds in relation to research and development—a question answered succinctly by Randy Altschuler, co-founder and CEO of Xometry:
“Xometry’s vast network, massive data sets and AI breakthroughs make it easier for engineers and designers to buy custom manufacturing and help manufacturers more efficiently operate their businesses. We’re planning to invest these funds behind growth initiatives, product development and global expansion.”
Allowing for everyone to benefit from custom manufacturing, Xometry has created a successful building model for being able to produce smaller, detailed numbers of parts for consumers rather than requiring mass orders due to profitability requirements like most product manufacturers today—and especially those still using more conventional methods aside from 3D printing and additive manufacturing. The Xometry team is able to meet on-demand needs for parts to a customer base spanning from startups to Fortune 100 companies.
“Xometry has quickly become a key player in the $80B custom manufacturing market,” said Hunter Somerville, General Partner for Greenspring Associates, who will also join Xometry’s Board of Directors.. “We’re thrilled to invest in helping them expand the reach and breadth of their marketplace and the services it offers.”
- 3D printing services
- Traditional CNC machining processes
- Sheet metal fabrication
- Injection molding
- Die casting
- Urethane casting
“Xometry is yet another example of how machine learning based intelligent software is driving huge efficiency gains across many different industries,” said Daniel Docter, Managing Director Dell Technologies Capital. “We look forward to helping Xometry expand into new verticals that leverage the expertise of Dell Technologies.”
Their growth has continued at rapid speed, with revenue doubling in just the past year. The Xometry team has also created a spin-off with Xometry Supplies—meant to offer Xometry customers with materials and tools for manufacturing more rapidly, and affordably.
We have been following Xometry’s 3D printing progress for years, since they transformed from NextLine Manufacturing into their current and dynamic state, as the largest custom manufacturing marketplace available to consumers today. From streamlining the way engineers order 3D printed parts to changing the rules in manufacturing and even guiding us in choosing the best 3D printing materials, Xometry is geared toward making life easier for engineers and designers, catering to their specific needs.
What do you think of this news? Let us know your thoughts! Join the discussion of this and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com.
[Source / Images: Xometry]