Adobe Illustrator for Laser Cutting — design workshop in San Francisco

Monday, May 6 from 6-9pm at PARISOMA

Ponoko is teaching it’s first in-depth design workshop: Adobe Illustrator for Laser Cutting!

When: Monday, May 6th 6-9pm
Where: PARISOMA 169 11th St, San Francisco

We’ll guide you step-by-step to create your own laser cut design. No experience necessary! All you need is a design sketch, a laptop, and Illustrator (free trial available).

What you’ll learn:
• How to go from a sketch to creating a design in Adobe Illustrator
• How to format your design file specifically for laser cutting
• How and where to make your actual laser cut design

What you’ll get:
• 3 hours of instruction including 1.5 hours of individualized assistance
• FREE *laser cutting & shipping* from Ponoko (materials are little bit extra)

Register now:
• Space is limited to 20 people so everyone get’s the help they need.
Tickets are $50. Reserve your spot soon!

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Join Ponoko at Inside 3D Printing next week in NYC!

Get 15% off conference passes

Join powerhouse 3D printing companies, professionals, industry leaders, and hobbyists to discuss the 3D printing revolution at Inside 3D Printing.

Inside 3D Printing is April 22-23 in New York City, and Ponoko fans will save 15% off gold conference passes with promo code: P15

You’ll hear keynote presentations by leaders in the field: Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems; Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO and Co-Founder of Shapeways; and Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President of Wohlers Associates, Inc.

Featured Session:
How Professional Investors Are Playing the 3D Printing Boom
A panel of venture capitalists, including professionals from T. Rowe Price Associates, Lux Capital, RRE Ventures, and Piper Jaffray, will explore where investors are placing their bets. You’ll learn what types of startups VCs are interested in funding and where to invest your own money in this emerging industry.

View the full program here.

You’ll be able to meet with professionals from 3D Systems, Autodesk, MakerBot, Mcor Technologies, Stratasys, Leonardo, NRI, sculpteo, ZoomRP, GoMeasure3D, Solidoodle, and Ponoko’s own director of manufacturing, Dan Emery.

Register here and save 15% with promo code P15.

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Makertorium event in Wellington

Exhibition to showcase New Zealand maker culture

The first event celebrating maker culture in New Zealand will be held at the national museum Te Papa o Tongarewa on April 27th from 10am to 6pm.

There will be over 50 Exhibitors, installations and competitions across eight zones. Special guests and makerspaces will be showcasing their creations including a 3D printer petting zoo, flying machines, robot wars and much more.

If you’re in Wellington on the 27th, come and check out the event.

David is an industrial designer from New Zealand. He contributes a weekly article on personal fabrication for Ponoko. Follow him on Twitter!

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Online digital fabrication course offered this summer from UNT, open to all

distance learning course from University of Northern Texas

Professor James Thurman of UNT will be teaching an online course on digital fabrication this summer that will guide students through the creation of laser-cut and 3D printed projects.

No prior experience with digital fabrication is required, but students should be comfortable with at least one vector design software (eg Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape) and one 3D design software (eg SketchUp).

The course is 13 weeks long, from Monday, May 13th to Thursday, August 8th. Enrollment is open to anyone but is limited to 40 people.

For more information and photos from projects from last year, check out the course Facebook page.

If you’re interested in registering for the course, email james[dot]thurman[at]unt[dot]edu

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Register for Inside 3D Printing Conference in NYC

Where 3D Printing means business.

Inside 3D Printing is a business to business conference for the 3D printing industry. The event will take place April 22-23 in New York City and include two days of conference sessions, networking opportunities, and an exhibition hall of the latest 3D printing technologies.

Monday’s agenda includes four in-depth tutorial sessions from new design tools and desktop 3D printers to applications for aerospace, automotive, and medical use.

Tuesday’s conference sessions will cover how 3D printing is influencing a variety of fields and industries including engineering, design, medical, architecture, fashion, culinary, firearms, technology, and more.

Find out more and register here.

As a media partner for the event, Ponoko is offering 15% off conference passes to our newsletter subscribers. You can sign up for our newsletter at the top right hand side of the blog.

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Present your toy or game design at Chicago Toy & Game Week

And come out to Navy Pier for tons of fun.

Toys are some of the very first products a person interacts with in life. And games are some of the first concepts a person understands. They’re designed to encourage the development of minds and entertain tiny attention spans — no matter what your age.

Chicago Toy & Game Week runs November 14–18 and celebrates the joy of toys, the power of play, and the magic of invention.

Among the many events associated with ChiTAG, a highlight is the International Toy & Game Inventor and Industry Conference.

T&GCon gives toy and game creators/inventors the chance to present their designs to industry leaders.

For professionals, there will be lots of networking opportunities, info sessions, and exposure to inspiring new ideas. Register for T&GCon here.

If you’re not a toy designer or game maker, you can still have a blast playing at the Toy & Game Fair.

Visitors can play their favorite games and test out new ones that haven’t hit the market yet. There will also be a Star Wars Luncheon and a national pre-qualifier event for Settlers of Catan.

The fair is open to the public with tickets priced at $10 for adults and $50 for children ages 3-13.

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Enter the Best of the Bay design showcase happening next week at Techshop

sponsored by Sunglass

A digital gallery of designs from the Bay Area will be on display at Techshop in San Francisco on October 17 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

“We will set up a table of fifteen computers, each featuring a different designer. Attending guests will be able to view and comment on the models as they wish,” explains event sponsor Sunglass.

If you are interested in having your work included in the showcase, you need to create a Sunglass project. Entry instructions are below, but feel free to email henry[at] with any questions.

1) Go to and sign up for a trial account.

2) Create a new project for the work you would like to showcase.

3) Upload your models/assembly into the project

4) Invite henry[at] to collaborate on the project

Beer and pizza will be provided by Sunglass, so get there early before it’s gone! But please RSVP on the facebook page.

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Retune ‘creative technology conference’ to take place in Berlin, Oct 26-28

DIY art and technology unite


Germany’s ‘Create. Art and Technology’ conference is back for a second year. Organized by a brand new team, the conference is now known as Retune.

Designer Moritz Waldemeyer will keynote the conference, kicking off three days of talks and programs that will bring together hundreds of creative people from around the world.

Attendees will have a chance to interact with artists, hackers, designers, architects, and engineers – all passionate about their fields – in order to collaborate and exchange ideas.


One of the evenings will feature an “open source music night”, where musicians and DJs will play a concert using a range of open source hardware and software to get people dancing. Afterwards, the schematics and source code will all be open and available for people to remix and use in their own musical projects.

To register, or to view a complete program of events, visit the conference website here:

Derek Quenneville is a 3D printing evangelist who posts weekly on the Ponoko blog. Follow him on Twitter @techknight.

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‘Making Things’ opens this Saturday in NYC at experimental retail shop STORY

And features lots of Ponoko-made products!

STORY is a different kind of retail shop that aims to support both commerce and the community. The 2000 square foot space in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood rotates merchandise based on a monthly theme and hosts various events that tie in.

STORY’s newest theme ‘Making Things’ opens this Saturday, October 6 at 11am and runs through October 28.

The new retail assortment will relate to the concept of Making Things, from products with a literal interpretation such as DIY kits to items with a more abstract relationship to the theme like ‘making memories’ or ‘making time’.

We were delighted to have five Ponokoans invited to sell their designs at STORY this month:


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3D Printing Event on October 23 part of Dutch Design Week

Additive manufacturing in Eindhoven!

For all those who get excited about digital manufacturing, October 2012 is a great time to be in The Netherlands during Dutch Design Week.

Setting out to showcase just what is behind the fierce growth rate in the 3D printing industry, a series of linked activities will unfold under the banner of the 3D Printing Event.

Featuring an impressive collection of participants ranging from industry heavyweights through to noteworthy newcomers, the event will explore four identified trends:

• The established industry is not only introducing new professional 3d printers with more and more functionality, but has started to bring low end 3D printers as well.

• The open source community works hard to create 3d printers which can be used in personal and professional environments.

• The biggest bottleneck is still the 3D software for making great designs easily.

• 3D Printing services are playing a very important role in creating new business and new business opportunities.

Not only does the seminar series boast over thirty speakers, the accompanying exhibition is host to a display of 3D printing in its current and future formats and there is also a 3D printing design competition in collaboration with Grabcad. Enter your design for a chance to win a Leapfrog Creatr 3D printer!

Head over to the event website to register your attendance, and follow the latest event related news on their 3D printing blog.

3D Printing Event

Ponoko is proud to be a Media Partner of this year’s 3D Printing Event.

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