In order to become a member of the CNC Machining and Sheet Metal partner network, you must pass a test part. This is your chance to impress us by showcasing your skills and delivering high-quality work!
We believe that just as you would not trust a doctor who did not attend medical school, it is important for our partners to be qualified and capable of fulfilling the job requirements.
Request Your Test Material
To simplify the test part process, we will provide you with the material you need. Once you have registered a partner account you will then be able to request your test part material. To request your material here.
Test material will be shipped within 10 business days via FedEx Ground. Once your material has shipped you will receive an email with the tracking number and a downloadable folder with all the test part files or you can access the test part files here.
Whats in the box?
Your Test Material
You will be provided with two blocks of material. One part can be utilized as your initial set-up, while the second piece can be submitted as your final product to Xometry. In case you don't use the additional material, we suggest that you keep it until your test part is approved.
If you have any issues with the material sent or would like to request another piece of material for practice, complete the form here.
Test Part Packet
This packet contains all of the instructions and details to complete your test part, inspection checklist and report, and shipping instructions to send back to Xometry when you’re finished.
Packaging Slip & Shipping Label
Everything you need to properly ship your completed test part back to Xometry, including the Packing Slip and a Return Shipping Label.
Your Test Part Specifics
An inspection report is required for every job and must be submitted with your completed test part. Inspection reports can be handwritten or typed on the Xometry Inspection Report attached to this document or downloaded from the Test Part Onboarding Guide in the Xometry Community.
The test part inspection report should cover 100% of the dimensions from the CAD file and bubble drawing.
The required finish for the test part is outlined in the Test Part Details table above. There are no additional surface finishes required.
We will evaluate the quality of the part based on how you conform to Xometry’s Finishing Standards, as seen in our Partner Guide, and dimensional requirements (±.005”) of both the CAD model and bubble drawing. For any tolerance discrepancies, please revert to the CAD model.
Returning Your Test Part
Xometry has covered the shipping costs and provided a return shipping label for you in the box we sent the test material. If your return label was damaged or lost, please request a new one here.
Parts should be packaged according to the Packing Instructions and Guidelines outlined in the Partner Guide with the provided packing slip and the inspection report included in the box.
Your Test Part Status
Once your test part has been delivered back to Xometry, it will undergo an inspection from our Quality Team, where it will be given a Pass/Fail status. You will be notified via email about the status of your test part within 1 week of your parts arrival.
If You Passed
Congrats! You're a qualified manufacturer for the Partner Network. Click here to see your next steps.
If You Failed
No worries! Give it another try! Your email should have your inspection report attached. Review it to see the inspection details and request more material here.
Note: You are allowed two attempts at the test part. Any request for more test material after your second attempt will not be processed.
Do you have any questions?
If you have any questions concerning the Test Part, please utilize this form. This includes general inquiries, quality support, and technical support questions.
I have multiple manufacturing processes in my shop. Do I have to complete multiple test parts?
If you're required to complete a CNC or Sheet metal test part during your application process, you will only need to complete one process type (either CNC or Sheet Metal material). Once you become an approved partner, you will automatically be approved to view both CNC and Sheet job offers.
How long will it take for my test part to be inspected?
Please allow up to 1 week from delivery for your test part to be inspected. Once we receive your part, our inspection team will use a CMM to check all dimensions. Upon inspection, you will receive an email with your test part results and the next steps.
If I fail my test part, can I request another one?
We allow partners a second attempt and encourage you to attend Quality Support Hour - M-F from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Our Quality Team facilitates the call, and they will be able to go over your test part inspection report with you, answer any questions you have, and discuss the next steps. You can register here. If your second test part does not receive a pass upon inspection, there is an application pause of 6 months before you can re-apply.
What if I have questions about completing my test part?
We encourage you to attend Quality Support Hour - M-F from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Our Quality Team facilitates the call, and they will be able to review your test part inspection report with you, answer any questions you have, and discuss the next steps. You can register here.