New year, new prototypes — FREE cardboard starts now!!

pay zero for cardboard materials all month long

It’s the perfect time to take advantage of all that new year motivation, get started on all those new ideas, and get working on new prototypes. So we’re launching 2012 with another Prototyping Party!

All cardboard materials are totally 100% FREE through January 31.

There’s nothing you have to do. No promo codes, no vouchers, no special instructions. Just upload a file to Ponoko, pick a cardboard material, and your material costs will be zero!

Free cardboard is available from both Ponoko US and Ponoko NZ.
(See the US cardboard materials here. And the NZ cardboard materials here.)

If you’re a Ponoko pro, you can stop reading now and go get started on your cardboard prototype. But we’ve got something to say to the newcomers…

Never made something with Ponoko before?

We know it can be a little overwhelming to make your first lasercut project. And we know it’s hard to spend money on something that might not turn out the way you hoped. That’s why we started the Prototyping Party.

It makes it easier and cheaper for you test the waters of digital making. Not only does not charging for the material make your first project cheaper, but cardboard is one of the fastest materials to cut which means really low making costs. It’s also super lightweight which means lower shipping costs.

Once your cardboard prototype turns out just the way you want, then you can make your design again in a fancy material like acrylic or wood.

We had our first Prototyping Party last summer, and we were so excited to see how many people tried Ponoko for the first time. If you want to take Ponoko for a spin and see your design idea turned into a real thing you can touch, there’s not a better time to try than now.

And we are here to help you out!

Step One: if you haven’t already, sign up for a Ponoko account. You’ll get a welcome email that gives an overview of this whole digital making business.

Step Two: read our Starter Kits to find out how to format your design in different software packages. (You will want the 2D starter kit to make a lasercut project. We also offer CNC routing and 3D printing, but lasercutting is the easiest to start with.)

Step Three: if you don’t know how to use one of those design softwares, sign up for one of our free online training sessions taught by in-house Ponoko folks or follow along with our Step By Step Lasercutting video series

And if you run into any troubles, you can find help on our forum, send an SOS tweet to @Ponoko, or submit a help request.

Let’s see those cardboard prototypes! Happy New Year everyone!!

Need some ideas of what to make? Check out this post of 20 inspirational designs made from cardboard.

Please note: Cardboard materials are free until midnight pst 31 January 2012.
Cardboard materials are free when you make a genuine laser cut design using Ponoko. We are not selling the raw materials, and we reserve the right to cancel and refund orders which appear to be just material orders.

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