First Article Inspection Report (per AS9102)
A First Article Inspection Report (FAIR) follows the requirements specified in SAE Aerospace Standard (AS 9102) documentation. The purpose of the First Article Inspection is to provide objective evidence that all engineering design and specification requirements are properly understood, accounted for, verified, and documented. If completing a FAIR, you must maintain a quality record for customer review of accountability and planning, for performing periodic surveillance and audits to verify conformance, for evaluating root cause and corrective action for any non-conformances, and for problem investigations. Random sampling is based on ANSI/ASQ Z1.4 Level II to an Acceptance Quality Level (AQL) of 2.5%. A customer-specified dimensional print is required for a First Article Inspection.
FAIR will be documented using the AS9102 Inspection Report QA2F05. Xometry QC will bubble the customer's drawing and provide a pre-populated QA2F05 form. This inspection form documents the Tool Type, including measurement capability (Ex: .0000-1.00" Diameter Micrometer) used during the inspection. In certain circumstances, XOM may also require the unique Tool ID # for specific customers. On jobs that require this type of inspection, this form will be emailed to the Partner from the Xometry Quality / Inspection Department. Add VQC@xometry.com to your email's whitelist so you never miss this important document.
Material test reports
When material test reports (MTR’s) are requested by Xometry, they must state both mechanical and chemical properties of the material, lot or heat number, the specification which the material complies with (AMS, EN, ASME, ASTM, etc.). There also may be instances that the material must be DFARS and NAFTA approved by the USA or qualifying country, not counterfeit and also be mercury-free. These cases will be specified on the Purchase Order. The documentation must be uploaded to the job board and a copy must accompany the shipment.
Standard Material Certifications
Material Test Reports (MTR’s) that state both mechanical and chemical properties of the material, lot or heat number, and the specification which the material complies with (AMS, EN, ASME, ASTM, etc.).
DFARS Material Certifications
Material Test Reports (MTR’s) that state both mechanical and chemical properties of the material, lot or heat number, and the specification which the material complies with (AMS, EN, ASME, ASTM, etc.) and Country of Origin (COO) on cert proving material is from a DFARS compliant COO.
Domestic Material Certifications:
Material Test Reports (MTR’s) that state both mechanical and chemical properties of the material, lot or heat number, and the specification which the material complies with (AMS, EN, ASME, ASTM, etc.) and melt location is in the USA.
3D Model, Job PO, and PDF Drawing Discrepancies
Xometry is a model-based company but there are times when a drawing may supersede what is derived from the CAD model. We put together a matrix to help you understand which file and which information we use as the source of truth to manufacture parts. All requirements will be derived from either the 3D CAD Model, the Job's PO, or the PDF Drawing itself unless otherwise specified in job notes:
A print is required for supporting information that a model cannot capture. Examples of this are GD&T callouts, tap sizes, inserts – Helicoil, pem, etc., surface roughness requirements better than a standard Ra 125 micro-inches, and both general (tolerance block) or specific tolerances i.e. reamed hole size, press-fit, etc. If there are any questions regarding when to apply the information, please contact us via the support request form.
Hardware Traceability Certifications
Please Note: A Certificate of Conformance is not an acceptable Hardware Traceability Certification.
When Hardware Traceability Certifications are requested by Xometry, material test reports (MTR’s), C of C from the Hardware supplier and all touchpoints back to the mill that produced the raw material need to be shown. This would show the PO from the partner shop to the Hardware supplier, the PO from the hardware supplier to the hardware manufacturer, then the PO from the hardware manufacturer to the mill that made the raw material. This paperwork should be provided for each different specification of hardware installed on the part. The documentation must be uploaded to the portal and a copy must accompany the shipment.
Hardware Traceability Documents can be requested from the supplier when the hardware is purchased.
Material Traceability is required by Xometry for completion of a job. The document package must include the Material test report (material cert) from the manufacturer of the raw material and record showing each transfer of ownership/sale until the material has reached the final part manufacturer (pack slips). We also require that partner’s C of C must be included in the letterhead. Mill Test Reports should always include heat lot number, inspector’s signature, as well as the chemical and physical analysis. The material specs on the Material Test Report must always match the material specs outlined in the customer’s drawing.
Certificate of Conformance
All part IDs require their own Xometry Certificate of Conformance (C of C) downloaded from the job portal and then uploaded after completion. Certification requirements will be identified on both the job board and the purchase order.
When parts are shipped — whether directly to the customer or to Xometry — C of C documentation must be uploaded to the job board and a copy must accompany the shipment. Lack of sending proper documentation will result in rejection upon receiving and potential return of parts.
Below are the fields that need to be filled out to complete a C of C:
Customer Name: Auto populates
Customer Part Name: Auto populates
Customer PO #: Auto populates
Customer PO Line #: Auto populates
Serial #: This information is on the Print or PO. If the customer has requested that serial numbers be used on the part, that information needs to be put here.
Customer Revision #: This is a revision of the print being used, and can be found on the print. This will need to be filled in.
Xometry Order ID: Auto populates
Xometry Part ID: Auto populates
Quantity: Auto populates
Material: If no print is provided this needs to be the material listed on the Xometry PO. Otherwise, this needs to be the specific material with the same type, temper, and spec that is called for on the print or special notes from the customer. For instance, if Xometry PO states Aluminum 6061 T6 but customer print states Aluminum 6061-T6511 per AMS 4027, then the latter information should be entered here. When multiple specs are on the print you would use the spec of the material you purchased.
Material Lot number: Partner should add the material lot / heat number here since this is not known until the material is purchased and arrives on the partner’s dock.
Finish: This needs to be specific to the type and spec that the customer is requesting according to the print or notes from the customer.
Notes: The only entries that are needed here are the material specs, finishing specs, hardware specs, and assembly specs and numbers (if the part is assembled), that are not called out above.
You can download your pre-populated CoC in the job details section of each part.
Each CoC must be printed and signed or signed using your own e-signature software, and then scanned and uploaded to the portal.
Plating and Finishing Document Requirements
In all cases when plating or specific finish requirements are defined, a copy of the certification stating the process and the applicable specification documented on the cert. must be sent with the shipment and uploaded with the MTRs. Example: If a print states “Clear Anodize to MIL-A-8625 TYPE II” the certification must state this wording.
Specialty Finishes added to parts will need a C of C from the finisher. This must contain:
- The exact specs that the customer requested on the drawing or PO
- Must have a signature
- Other finishes — include any heat treatments or other specialty testing — that was done to the parts
- Must have a Xometry part number or drawing part numberPlease note that failing to provide finishing certifications will negatively affect your Partner Success Score. If you are unclear as to what is required, please contact us via the support request form with the job number and any other necessary details.