Ponoko Customer Turns Product Into $100,299 In Just 20 Days

Ponoko + Kickstarter = Designer’s Dream

We covered this briefly before, but it’s going bananas! So we thought it was a good idea to introduce how designers are using Ponoko and Kickstarter to make and sell their products.

Jeremy Williams is a San Francisco based engineer and video game enthusiast with a passion for pixel art. His latest project, the Game Frame, is a fully-programmable grid of LEDs designed to make it easy to display animated pixel art anywhere. Jeremy’s product on Kickstarter just passed $100,000, and is trending to hit over $150,000 before closing.

The Game Frame was initially just a fun personal project – Jeremy loves 8-bit pixel art and wanted to find a way to display it on his walls – but after his prototype was demonstrated for Tested in June, the positive feedback inspired him to see if he could turn the Game Frame into a real product.

Using laser cut parts from Ponoko, Jeremy went through several iterations to refine his design. After months of prototyping, and multiple prototypes, Jeremy arrived at a Game Frame that was sleeker looking, cheaper to build, and easier to use.

With a new Game Frame in hand Jeremy set out to test the market viability of his new product.  There’s many ways to do this, like setting up a website, an ETSY store, or selling at a local event. But he decided to use Kickstarter to put his product directly in front of potential customers to gauge interest in the Game Frame, and to gain pre-orders to fund his first production run.

The enthusiasm was overwhelming. Within 4.5 hours the Game Frame had met it’s initial goal of $15,000. Within a week, he had over $50,000 in backing. As at press time, Jeremy has already sold 448 Game Frames = $107,123 and counting!

Now comes the fun part: Jeremy will spend the coming months fulfilling the orders for his Kickstarter backers, wiring the PCBs, soldering LEDs, & assembling laser cut frames using his Personal Factory at Ponoko. The first orders are scheduled to ship in June.

Jeremy’s story is an inspiring example of how you can take a cool idea, make it real at low cost with Ponoko, and discover a whole market you never knew you had.

We’ll be following this and letting you know more about how to use Ponoko and Kickstarter as the story unfolds.

If you’re interested in starting your own product line too, you can signup for free here to make and sell your own products.

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Lower Pricing for Laser Cutting

We are thrilled to announce new volume pricing for Prime members!

Prime members can now save 55% off their making costs

If your goal is to set competitive retail pricing & make a healthy profit, taking advantage of volume pricing is key. And even if you’re just making a handful of hobby projects, the savings can really add up.

Check out the chart below for a breakdown of the new rates:

$1 – $499: 32.5% off ($1.35 per minute) by joining Prime*.
$500 – $999: 35% off ($1.30 per minute).
$1,000 – $1,999: 39% off ($1.22 per minute).
$2,000 – $2,999: 43% off ($1.14 per minute).
$3,000 – $4,999: 47% off ($1.06 per minute).
$5,000 – $9,999: 51% off ($0.98 per minute).
$10,000+: 55% off ($0.90 per minute)

* vs free account pricing.

How to get these lower rates:

  1. Join Prime.
  2. Place your order as normal.
  3. That’s it! Volume pricing will automatically be applied to your order.

Lower pricing applies to laser making costs (excluding metal laser and 3D printing), when ordering from Ponoko US and NZ.

If you have any questions about volume pricing don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Free Shipping on Orders Over $100

Last year, we set out to learn more about our customers to find out what we needed do to make Ponoko even better. Across the board, lower shipping was high on everyone’s list.

So we went to work – We experimented with different combinations of pricing and shipping to find out what works best for everyone.

Over the course of 7 months, and 5 back-to-back tests we found that a rate of $2.00/minute with free shipping over $100 was by far the most popular.

Starting today: pay no shipping on any laser cutting order over $100, from the US to anywhere in the continental US, and from New Zealand to anywhere in New Zealand and Australia.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks we’ll have more news on how you can save even more on shipping!

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Laser cutting time

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #157

Hey, Sam here collecting the post from The Laser Cutter.

Make sure you join TLC’s Facebook page.

Above is a laser cut birch plywood cuckoo clock from Pedromealha.

After the jump, bulldogs, sparrows, terrariums, Johnny Bravo, and a 3D printer… (more…)

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We’re hiring! 2 production positions in the Bay Area.

Ponoko is looking for two people to join our production team in the Bay Area starting in January.

  1. A Production Manager to lead our laser cutting operations in the Bay Area.
  2. A Production Assistant – part time to start with the potential to go full time.

This is a great opportunity for a recent graduate, designer, maker, artist or student to learn more about digital fabrication and work in a creative and challenging environment.

You’ll be leading our Bay Area production room, which means responsibility for delighting our customers by delivering them a high quality and fast turnaround laser cutting service.

Ponoko helps designers make beautiful things they can make money from. We’re one of the world’s leading companies in the online digital making industry, being the first to enable designers to both make and sell their product ideas online. We’ve been featured in places like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, CNN Money, Inc. Magazine (cover), Forbes, Wired, Core77, TechCrunch, Makezine, MIT Technology Review, BBC News and The Economist.

View the job descriptions here:

Production Manager
Production Assistant

To apply:
Introduce yourself and send your resume to dan [at] ponoko [dot] com

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Rembering laser cutting

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #152

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Above is a laser cut steel monument to Nelson Mandela is by artist Marco Cianfanelli via Designboom.

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Laser cut box-set

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #151

Above is a laser etched butcher diagram cutting board from Wood Ink.

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4 days only: Get 30% OFF Laser Cutting

It’s our biggest SALE of the year! 30% OFF Laser Cutting with code GDOLFF

Super special deal ends Monday at midnight!

Get 30% OFF with code GDOLFF

From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, save 30% on the making costs of any laser cutting order at Ponoko.

Promotion ends midnight pst on Monday, December 2. Not valid with metal materials! Not valid with Ponoko Prime accounts. (Prime subscribers get 32.5% off making costs on every laser cutting order.)

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The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #148

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Laser Cutting & 3D Printing Holiday Order Deadlines

It’s our busiest time of year! We encourage everyone to place your holiday orders as soon as possible.

Below are our deadlines for placing orders in time for delivery before the holidays.

If you have any questions about the turnaround time don’t hesitate to email us at service@ponoko.com.


Laser Cutting


Early Deadline: Tuesday November 26th

Last day to place an order for delivery before the holidays without needing to upgrade your making or shipping speeds.

Final Deadline: Tuesday December 10th
Last day to place an order for delivery before the holidays. The later you leave it the more likely you will need to upgrade your making or shipping speeds, or both. So be quick :)

Orders after these dates will be delivered to you asap, but likely to be after the holidays.


3D Printing


Tuesday, November 19th
is the last day to place an order for delivery before the holidays.

Orders after this date will be delivered to you asap, but likely to be after the holidays.


Photochemical Machining (PCM)


Tuesday, November 26th
is the last day to place an order for delivery before the holidays.

Orders after this date will be delivered to you asap, but likely to be after the holidays.

If you have any questions about the turnaround time don’t hesitate to email us at service@ponoko.com.

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