Ponoko CEO David ten Have to speak at this week’s Congress on the Future of Engineering and Software

COFES starts this Thursday

COFES, the Congress on the Future of Engineering and Software, is the only annual think tank in the engineering software industry to bring together executives from all kinds of fields to discuss the role of engineering technology in business.

This year’s COFES takes place on April 12–15, and as always in Scottsdale, AZ.

Over 200 leaders in software, technology, design, manufacture, and business will be participating this year including representatives from 3D Systems, Microsoft, Autodesk, Boeing, Desault Systems, Oracle, Google, Intel, Wohlers Associates, and … Ponoko!

Dave is back in the USA and will speaking as part of the First Congress: Maieutic Parataxis on Friday at 4pm — a series of 5 minute talks that introduce topics and ideas that, while they may be in early stages, are likely to affect the way we interact with software in the future.

Sell the awesome stuff you make @ SF & LA Renegade Craft Fairs. Now open for registration!

California craft fairs this summer

Ponoko is proud to support lots of independent designers in their maker businesses. And if you’ve ever used Ponoko to make stuff, there’s a good chance someone out there would want to buy what you made.

A great place to find people who would love to purchase things you make is a craft fair. And the Renegade Craft Fair is one of the best.

They just opened vendor applications for 2 west coast fairs this summer:
• Renegade San Francisco July 21 & 22
• Renegade Los Angeles July 28 & 29

If you don’t live in the golden state, don’t despair. Renegade has craft fairs in Austin, Chicago, Brooklyn, and London!

MakerLab returns to Milan

Salone 2012 gets a DIY makeover

There is more to Milan than slick high-end design this April, and Berlin’s MakerLab are returning for another stint at the Public Design Festival with a special collaborative design project.

Setting up between April 1st to 15th at Art Kitchen Superground and then from 17th to 21st at Cascina Cuccagna, the multifunctional hub will feature 3D scanning, 3d printing, laser cutting as well as various low-tech manufacturing techniques.

Beyond the public demonstration, one of the goals of this year’s event is to engage in the design and construction of objects and tools for Un posto a Milano, a permanent meeting place that is being set up to highlight and preserve local culture, food and agricultural heritage.

It’s looking like the DIY efforts from MakerLab will once again provide a welcome contrast to the streams of shiny new objects being fussed over just down the road…

image thanks to Delfino Legnani

via Abitare

The Crafting of Preserves

Ponoko getting its fingers into something sweet againFollowing the sugar-crazed stampede that was the success of the 2011 JamOff, the 2012 addition, organised by Ponoko’s Catherine FD, attracted even more participants.  This time around the public queued patiently to sample the long line of jams, and the icecream stick shanking was mostly avoided.  The range of jams and the resulting spectrum of colours was impressive: from the crowd favourite deep bordeaux plum& manuka to one of the delicate yellow lime marmalade.  The overall selection represented a delicious variety of berries and fruit.  Although apparently, bacon falls into nether category.  Yes, there was a bacon jam, much to the vocal horror of one unsuspecting vegetarian, and it was also one of the judges’ finalists.In Wellington, wherever the MIY outlook is celebrated, Ponoko is seldom far away.  For JamOff, Personal Factory unleashed itself mostly in form of prizes.  Once again the signature jam splatter red acrylic badges made an appearance, and the MC proudly announced that his and the judges’ were bigger than the participants’.

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3D Printing forum in Adelaide

3D Printing Forum: The Next Industrial Revolution?

The ‘3D Printing Forum: The Next Industrial Revolution?’ at The Science Exchange on the 20th of February 2012 in Adelaide, South Australia will have presentations by industry experts including Ponoko founder and CEO David ten Have on current happenings in the world of 3D printing. It is hosted by the Australian Network for Art and Technology. (more…)

3D printing exhibition explores typographic history

Arkitypo: a 3D printed typographic exhibition

arkitypo exhibition

Arkitypo is an exploration of typographic history. From A to Z, each letter features a 3D printed letter specimen of a unique typeface that portrays a particular trait. The exhibition was created by London based design studio Johnson Banks in collaboration with Ravensbourne University. Video and more photos after the jump…


Digifab fanatics, submit your work to the 2012 Acadia Conference in San Francisco

abstracts due 5 March 2012

Do you take digital fabrication so seriously that you should present at a conference about it?

Well now’s your chance. The theme of the 2012 Acadia Conference is Synthetic Digital Ecologies.

“The conference will highlight experimental research and projects that explore the reciprocity and synergy between bits and atoms, the digital and the physical, and between digital code and material logic.”

Acadia is looking for papers and projects from “architects, fabricators, engineers, media artists, technologists, hackers and others in related fields.” (I have a feeling about half the people I follow on twitter will be there.)

In addition to presentations, the conference will also host software workshops and an exhibition of curated projects.

The 2012 Acadia Conference takes place 18–21 October 2012 in San Francisco.

Melbourne Mini Maker Faire is this Saturday!

The Makers are heading Down Under

Heading to Australia for the first time on Saturday, January 14th, Maker Faire is set to turn Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology into a DIY showcase.

It takes a certain quirky flair to stand out from the crowd in this environment, and you can be sure that with projects ranging from rockets to robots, DIY tech to engaging workshops and installations, there will be surprises in store for everyone.

Tinkerers, enthusiasts, hackers and specialist groups from across Australia are all heading down to Melbourne to share their own versions of the weird and wonderful creativity that Maker Faire has become known for.

When: Saturday, January 14th, 2012, 10 am to 4pm
Where: The Atrium, Swinburne University of Technology,
Hawthorn campus, 467 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, VIC, 3122

Head over to the Maker Faire Melbourne website to see a few profiles of Featured Makers; and although it is a free event, pre-registration has already sold out… so for those lucky ones who scored a ticket, have a great day at the Faire this weekend!

Maker Faire Melbourne

Meetup recap: Talking prototyping and Kickstarter

November Bay Area Ponoko Meetup RecapStarting this past November, we have established a new format for Ponoko Bay Area Meetups. After relaxed conversation over drinks and nibbles we then kick into 4 short presentations on a theme.

November’s meetup was centered around prototyping, and as we were fortunate to have two speakers with hugely successful Kickstarter campaigns, the discussions looked into that as well.

I kicked off proceedings by discussing the prototyping process for my recent Rocket Ship Project – which you’re welcome to download all of the files for and make or elaborate upon yourself.

Ryo Chijiiwa told the story of how he designed and prototyped a small solar charger device, which he then put up on Kickstarter, where he raised over $30,000 for his first production run of the product. You can read more about his project and purchase one of his solar chargers at http://www.bootstrapsolar.com/

Shandy Brown was next, passing around some of the exquisitely engraved hexes from his Boardcrafting project. He talked about the process behind developing the initial idea, developing the final design and then also having wild success raising funds on Kickstarter to optimize the product and begin shipping it – raising over $44,000.

Finally, Josh Reuss presented a wide variety of prototypes for the Sunburst Clock project he is currently working on. He talked about the key considerations necessary when approaching a product idea and his process for developing, refining and perfecting a design. I myself was so taken with his clocks I’ve now got one in my kitchen.

Our next Ponoko Bay Area Meetup will be held in February, and will focus on maker businesses and creative entrepreneurship – the challenges and rewards of making and selling products yourself. We’ve got two super exciting speakers already lined up, and are still looking for a couple more. If you’d like to join us, RSVP now! If you’re interested in speaking, please be sure and get in touch with us.

If you’re interested in hosting a Ponoko-supported meetup in your own city or town – register your interest on our Ponoko Meetup Everywhere page. If you work out a date and location, we’ll be happy to assist you in promoting the maker gathering and making it a successful event!

On Site: Digital fabrication and mid-century seats at Graffiti Gone Global during Art Basel Miami Beach

CNC, NBA, and Eames

Earlier this month Miami was invaded by celebrities, gallerists, museum directors, designers, and lots of rich people for the 10th annual Art Basel Miami Beach.

This international contemporary art fair has spawned countless satellite fairs, events, launches, exhibitions, and parties. I stopped in Midtown Miami’s Design District to check out one them: Graffiti Gone Global.

Now in it’s fifth year, GGG was developed by restaurant entrepreneur Shimon Bokovza to celebrate urban culture.

The statement piece of the show was a cumulous cloud looking aluminum structure entitled ‘Labyrs Frisae’ by architect and designer Marc Fornes. Although I assume the 256 sheets of metal were CNC cut, the aesthetic is in line with what The Economist calls the “organic look” of 3D printed designs.