I’ve recently been checking out the Grasshopper forums where people have been experimenting with CNC milling fibreboard and plywood with wave forms. For those interested in creating these patterns there is a tutorial by over at Instructables by Brian Ottrogge on how to achieve some similar forms, without needing to fire up Rhino’s Grasshopper plugin. (more…)
3 helpful forum posts
In addition to lasercutting and 3D printing, Ponoko lets you make your own stuff with CNC routing.
Working with CNC routing lets you make much bigger stuff than you can make with lasercutting. But it’s a tricky technique to work with, so we’ve put together some rules and guides to help you get the best results from your CNC project.
The first thing you’re going to want to check out is Things You Must Know for CNC Routing. This forum post will walk you through 11 key considerations when using CNC, things like minimum and maximum design size, required width of the tool path, and how to format your design file.
Once you know the rules, you can move on to the guides on how to offset your lines for CNC routing. We’ve even got a video of the process.
If you’ve got questions, please leave them in the forum. And if you’ve used Ponoko for CNC routing, we welcome any tips & tricks from the community.
Personal Factory is a cloud software platform for app developers to connect users directly to manufacturing devices to make custom goods on-demand.
It integrates product creation and customization apps with an established manufacturing and distribution system, so users can turn their designs into final products and have those products delivered to their door.
This is part one in a series of tutorials written by technologist Mark Schafer on working with the Personal Factory API in Python.
The code for this tutorial can be found here: https://github.com/Neon22/Ponoko-API-from-python
Best of the blog 2011 – Tutorials
Knowledge-sharing is central to the open design and distributed manufacturing movements. Here are ten of the best tutorials from 2011: 3D printing and laser-cutting techniques, online resources, and software help.
We’re throwing our second Prototyping Party and giving away FREE cardboard for the rest of the month when you make something with Ponoko.
To give you some design ideas we put together a post of 20 inspirational designs made from cardboard.
With just two a little over two weeks left on this promotion, it’s time to get down to business. So here are 6 resources to get you started.
Comprehensive step-by-step instructions
There comes a time when the electronics hobbyist wants to start making their own printed circuit boards (PCBs). There is a baffling array of different techniques to achieve this; it can be difficult to know where to start. One very solid option that is popular with DIY hackers is to convert an Epson printer to print etch-resistant ink onto copper-clad board. The problem is there has never been a concise set of instructions on how to do this.Until now: Instructables user ‘pourcirm’ posted this comprehensive step-by-step guide on the conversion process, that makes it seem a little less daunting!
On the other hand, if you want to get a few boards made up without going to all this effort, you can always crowd-source the job.
Best of the Blog 2011 – 3D Printing
To celebrate the new year, we’re running a best of the blog 2011 for each category 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC routing, art, hardwear, materials etc. 2011 was an impressive year for 3D printing. It was a real challenge selecting only 10 from all the amazing articles. I think you’ll agree this snapshot of ten (in no particular order) showcase the exciting possibilities with the technology…
This generated an enormous amount of buzz on the interwebs and is probably my favourite 3D printer so far. If the future is destined for a Mad Max-esque distopia this is what I’ll be taking to my desert island!
Simple Grasshopper definition for CNC
Parametric software can save you a lot of time by automating repetitive tasks. The Grasshopper plugin for Rhino is well known for its impressive generative architectural modelling, but it is also useful for much simplier tasks such as offsetting lines as you might do manually in Illustrator or inkscape for CNC routing. (more…)
Awhile back we gave our most frequent customers the chance to tell us what new material they wanted to see in the Ponoko materials catalog, and we promised to add the top two materials by the end of the year.
The cardstock laser engraves really well. It looks awesome, to be honest. And one trick you can do is use a medium vector engraving line to create perfect fold lines. Because it’s paper, its 100% recyclable and can be easily joined with glue or tape.
And you can buy a sample of our new cardstock materials for $2.50 each.
They’re back again with a new construction technique that I can’t wait to try out. By simply creating a series of alternating slots in a length of plywood, it is possible to create flexible flowing curves: something that has always been challenging with the two-dimensional nature of laser cutting. They have provided their design files in a wide range of different formats so you can start experimenting with curves in your next laser cut project.