Xometry, an on-demand manufacturing marketplace, has secured new funding from GE Ventures and existing investors, including Highland Capital Partners, to reach a total of $23 million raised.
The infusion of capital will allow Xometry to accelerate investment in its software platform powering its manufacturing partner network.
“We created a marketplace by creating price clarity where none existed,” said Randy Altschuler, co-founder and CEO of Xometry. “We thought if you can buy groceries and order a car off the internet, then why not custom parts? Xometry is now home to the fastest-growing software driven marketplace of manufacturers. We can now accelerate our investment to meet more of our customer’s needs.”
Xometry’s nationwide network of manufacturing partners fulfill orders placed through the company’s online platform, which instantly provides pricing, lead times and manufacturability feedback. The easy to use e-commerce platform overhauls a previously time-intensive and inefficient process. It does this by connecting small to medium sized manufacturers (SME), a $50-billion plus market at the heart of the American manufacturing sector, to customers in key American industries, including aerospace, automotive, defense, medical, technology and telecommunications.
Xometry acts as the network orchestrator, enabling engineers and designers to connect with vetted manufacturers who can produce quality parts. Before, the supply chain was fragmented, with manufacturers and customers mismatched on capabilities and needs. Now ordering custom parts involves uploading a 3D file and placing your order. Xometry, much like ride-sharing apps, will then connect customers to manufacturers with available capacity around the country.
“GE Ventures is excited to support Xometry’s vision to transform American manufacturing,” said Ralph Taylor-Smith, Managing Director of Advanced Manufacturing, of GE Ventures. “GE has been a customer of Xometry for several years and we’ve been impressed with the high quality of parts delivered by the network and easy-to-use interface. We’re thrilled to see local manufacturers across the country build their businesses by being a part of the Xometry Partner Network and securing orders from coast to coast.”
Xometry’s business has grown over the past several years, with more than 4,000 customers and a nationwide network of manufacturing partners across 35 states. Manufacturing partners can join the network at no cost and there is no bidding for jobs. Facilities receive notifications about orders that fit their specific capabilities. With Xometry, small to medium-sized manufacturers can spend less time bidding for new business and more time producing parts.