Xometry aims to become ‘Uber of manufacturing’ with new hires and strategy

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Xometry’s on-demand part manufacturing platform continues its drive to becoming the most efficient way to produce prototype parts with an upgraded strategy and addition of former Geomagic president and COO Tom Kurke.

Appointed as chief strategy officer to drive the company’s nationwide partner network and an expansion to a new office in North Carolina, Tom Kurke brings more than 20 years of experience in the 3D and technical software space, having held positions at Geomagic, 3D Systems and Bentley Systems among others.

It’s online instant pricing is available via its website and through a dedicated SolidWorks add-on, which provides pricing, lead times and manufacturability feedback for a wide range of processes, including CNC machining, 3D printing, sheet metal fabrication and urethane casting.
Xometry allows manufacturing partners to join the network at no cost with the added promise of there being no bidding for jobs.

These facilities receive notifications about about orders that fit their specific capabilities and can choose to accept based on their capacity. The company sees this model in a similar light to Uber’s innovative approach to liberating the taxi market.

“Our customers want to manufacture parts and assemblies in the most efficient way possible, with consistently fast lead times, high quality and low prices,” said Xometry co-founder and CEO Randy Altschuler. “Tom’s extensive experience in building manufacturing and software partner relationships will be critical as we work to integrate Xometry further into our customer and partner workflows.

“Improving the velocity and efficiency of manufacturing represents a complex technical and business challenge, but, if done correctly, can drive significant returns through improved lead times, market efficient pricing and improved machine utilisation,” added Kurke. “I am excited to be joining a team of innovators with remarkable vision and an incredible passion for customer and partner support.”

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