Really, you can decorate your house with Ponoko.
Product designer Jee Bundy of Oryx + Crake Design joined Ponoko after reading a post about the company on Core77.
What type of products do you make with Ponoko?
I made my first prototypes a few years ago. I was exploring the application of laser cutting in jewelry design, but I later discovered that I’m much better at designing home décor.How did you used to make products before Ponoko?
I went to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI for Industrial Design and Crafts. I had a full range of amazing studios to work in back then from ceramics to woodworking to metal smithing.
How would you describe your creative process?
Sometimes I know exactly what I want to make, sketch it out, build a 3D rhino model, print out the plans, and make a foam core mock up. Other times it is a more organic process that might begin with sketching and daydreaming. Then I might take a digital photo of a sketch and start abstracting it in Illustrator. That’s how I came up with the coaster and clock designs.
My current line of products is exclusively bamboo and felt, materials I love love love. They both exude quality, strength, and beauty. Neither requires much surface finishing or maintenance which is great for the longevity of my products.
I’ve had a great experience with Ponoko. There has just been a little drama for me in the last couple weeks with the replacement of the 5.2mm bamboo. I’m trying to take it in stride and move on in a more productive direction with my product line.
Do you have any tips for other users?
Make make make! Ponoko is such an amazing resource at a reasonable price that anyone can afford to DIY. Also, a lint roller comes in very handy for removing burnt residue from laser cut felt.