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Editor’s Pick: Xometry Launches 2D Technical Drawing Marketplace

In midst of COVID-19 disruptions, custom manufacturing company provides U.S. shops with expanded access to jobs.

In midst of COVID-19 disruptions, custom manufacturing company provides U.S. shops with expanded access to jobs.

Xometry unveils 2D tech drawing marketplace. Image courtesy of Xometry.

Xometry has unveiled its 2D Technical Drawing Marketplace, a platform to expand access to prospective job orders for 3,000+ American machine shops. 

The 2D Technical Drawing Marketplace offers engineers and designers the ability to get quotes from Xometry's network of qualified U.S. shops—including ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D-certified and ITAR registered facilities—for projects that lack 3D files. Xometry will guarantee the work quality.

“COVID-19 has disrupted international supply chains, and our domestic machine shops are feeling pressure as well,” says Randy Altschuler, CEO and co-founder of Xometry. “Giving our Partner Network—top-rate American shops who are largely working in 2D already—access to 2D file quotes from our strong customer base is a win-win. Manufacturers get access to new project opportunities, and U.S.-based customers have an easy path to reshore work and restore their supply chain.” 

A Xometry survey found 53% of mechanical engineers worked with parts that lacked 3D CAD files, representing a potential $37 billion market. Specifically these files are often used for legacy parts and in sectors where diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages (DMSMS) issues are common. 

“Xometry is driven by the success of its Partner Network,” says Jenn Ryan, senior vice president, Xometry Partner Network. “We recognize this is an uncertain time for American small businesses and we want our Partners to know we are working hard to bring them new customers and new jobs. We're expecting a heavy volume of new RFQs to come now that we service 2D technical drawings.”

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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