GAITHERSBURG, Md., Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Xometry, the leading on-demand manufacturing platform, has appointed Tom Kurke as Chief Strategy Officer. In this newly created role, Kurke will lead and drive Xometry's nationwide partner network and will head the new Xometry office in Durham, North Carolina.
Kurke brings more than 20 years of experience in the 3D and technical software space to Xometry. He was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Geomagic, which was acquired by 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) in 2013. Prior to leading Geomagic, Kurke played a key role in the growth of Bentley Systems, a leading provider of design and information management tools and solutions to the architecture, engineering, construction and operations industries. In his last role at Bentley, he was responsible for the company's global software subscriptions business, which represented nearly 70 percent of the company's $500 million in annual revenues.
"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 Randy Altschuler, co-founder and CEO of Xometry. "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 utilization," added Kurke. "I am excited to be joining a team of innovators with remarkable vision and an incredible passion for customer and partner support."
Xometry recently unveiled its nationwide network of manufacturing facilities that will be delivering orders placed through Xometry's highly popular online platform, which instantly provides pricing, lead times and manufacturability feedback for CNC Machining, 3D Printing, Sheet Metal Fabrication and Urethane Casting. 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 and can choose to accept based on their capacity.
Xometry leverages our proprietary software platform to offer on-demand manufacturing to a diverse customer base, ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. We provide product designers and engineers the most efficient way to source high-quality custom parts, with 24/7 access to instant pricing, expected lead time and manufacturability feedback. Our nationwide network of partner manufacturing facilities enables us to maintain consistently fast lead times while offering a broad array of capabilities, including CNC Machining, 3D Printing, Sheet Metal and Urethane Casting. Xometry's customers include General Electric, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, NASA and the United States Army.