Laser Cutting On Air!

Laser cut plant holder, merkaba, lipstick, sock blockers, and a statement (necklace)…

Above is a air plant holder. It is laser cut from wood – like Ponoko’s own Birch Plywood – and comes for Tamale Grande Design.

After the jump, merkaba, lipstick, sock blockers, and a statement (necklace)… (more…)

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Ideas for Creative Agencies & Brands – #14

High contrast laser cut layers

Laser cut and etched wood has a striking impact all on its own, but as this example from San Francisco creative duo b-spired shows, adding in a backing layer of bright colored card really makes things pop.

Enhancing the crisp lines and bold negative space that is such a strength of laser cutting, the layered card creates a high-contrast visual impact that completely transforms the natural tone of the timber. The same effect will be equally impressive when applied to other popular laser cutting materials such as acrylic and metals.

These greeting cards and invitations by b-spired also have a sturdy backing and a neat little pop-out stand, because when something looks this good, chances are high that people will want to display them.

Imagine how this technique would look when applied to corporate identities and company artwork. How can you use the Ponoko Personal Factory to create promotional laser cut layered items, inspired by b-spired?

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Happy Laser Cutting!

Laser cut cake toppers, avocados, unicorns, and beakers!

Above are 2nd birthday cake toppers. They are laser cut from wood like Ponoko’s own Birch Plywood and come from Planet Mithi.

After the jump, avocados, unicorns, and beakers… (more…)

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Counting on Laser Cutting

Laser cut omer counter, a pavilon, and a bottle opener…

Above is an Omer counter, It is laser cut from hardboard and has a very clever “spring” which allows for the counting. It comes from Jo Kamm.

After the jump, a pavilon, and a bottle opener… (more…)

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Laser Cutting For The Summer!

Laser cut chicks, cows, hats, cats, and koozies!

Above is a multi-dimensional poster of two birds on a swing hanging from a heart tree. It is laser cut acrylic and it comes from Red Berry Guest Book. Ponoko’s Premium Veneer MDF – Cheery would make a beautiful background.

After the jump, cows, hats, cats, and koozies!

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How To: Design a Living Hinge

De-mystifying the ins and outs of laser cut curved surfaces

For the most part, laser cut objects consist of flat panels that are either cut or etched before being assembled into a final configuration. There is another way to use laser cutting to create 3D objects from flat materials, and it uses a clever design element called a Lattice or Living Hinge.

It is more common to see makers and hobbyists using Living Hinges in laser cut wood, because the properties of this material allow for a significant degree of flex before the material fractures. There are also examples of Living Hinges successfully being implemented in acrylic enclosures, which demonstrates the versatility of this technique – because without using heat to assist bending, acrylic tends to be notoriously brittle.

We’re going to take a look at two approaches to designing a living hinge – starting with the more accessible trial-and-error method, and then diving in to an overview of the mathematics behind how flat materials can become bendy.   (more…)

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Laser Cutting Can Be Hypnotic!

Laser cut coasters, blocks, canoes, and reindeer!

Above coasters from The Spiral Series. They are laser cut 3/16 basswood and these hypnotic graphic creations come from Five Ply Design. This would be a perfect job for Ponoko’s own Bamboo.

After the jump, blocks, canoes, and reindeer…

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Laser cut mandalas, horses, ferns, and gems!

Above is a wood mandala necklace. It is intricately laser cut and etched from layers of wood and comes from the always amazing Sugar & Vice. To create this unique design you could use Ponoko’s many different wood types, laser cut and etched with different radial patterns.

After the jump, horses, ferns, and gems…

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Ideas for Creative Agencies & Brands – #12

Laser Cut and Engraved Name Tags

Attending a conference or event involves many layers of social nuance, and the ubiquitous name tag is one way to help people connect. As these laser cut and laser etched examples show, with a little creativity and planning in advance you can find all kinds of ways to make personal identification novel and memorable.

Pictured above are samples from the Engraved project by John T Kim. Although they are business cards and not ‘name tags’, the clean graphic impact of this design and the way that it has used the precision of laser etching are a good reference point.

Click through for several traditional examples plus a few that come at the idea of identification in a whole new way. (more…)

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The Most Advanced Peanut Butter Mixer Ever

Arduino-Controlled Peanut Butter Mixer from Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder has an awesome writeup of Ponoko over on Foundry – the show and tell site for makers.

If you’re a fan of peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, you’re familiar with the natural separation of oils that occurs after opening your jar of peanut-buttery goodness.

Made from laser cut bamboo from Ponoko – Mark’s Arduino-powered invention helps stirs the yummy ingredients back together for smooth spreading.

This ingenious tool not only helps solve the mess associated with mixing natural peanut butters, it’s a great example of what’s possible when you combine the precision of laser cutting with a bit of creativity.

You could say that ingenuity & laser cutting compliment each other like, well, peanut butter & jelly.

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