Knaughty laser cutting

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #134

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

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Above is are laser cut felt Macrame Know Coasters from Lizz Aston.

After the jump, scales, and lights… (more…)

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Guaranteed 3-day turnaround on laser cutting at Ponoko

Trial period through July 31

We recently surveyed everyone on our newsletter list, combed through the results, and put together a top 10 task list of things to change, improve, and generally get done here at Ponoko. One of the key requests was faster turnaround.

So for the rest of the month, we’re going to offer guaranteed 3-day turnaround in the US and NZ for a small fee. By 3-day turnaround we mean cut, packaged, and sent within 3 days. Shipping times will remain the same.

This trial is to get a sense of the actual demand for 3-day turnaround and what pricing might work for you and us. So let us know you want faster turnaround by placing a 3-day order (or leave us a comment).

How to get 3-day turnaround on your order:


1. Upload your file, and place your order.

2. Type “3DAY” in the *special shipping instructions* —AND— include your PAYPAL email address!

3. We will email you a PayPal request for a fee based on your order amount (see fees below). If for any reason we can’t get your order out (such as out-of-stock materials or your files literally take 4 days to make) we’ll email to let you know and work something out.

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Testing 48 hour turnaround on laser cutting orders at Ponoko NZ

special instructions!


We know that a lot of you have a need for speed.

So we’re testing 48 hr turnaround on laser cutting orders at Ponoko New Zealand *only*.

48 hr turnaround means we will make, package, and send off your order within 48 hours. Shipping timeframes will remain the same.

Now listen up ’cause there’s a certain way we gotta do this.

When you place your order, put “48hr” in the ***special shipping instructions***.

This is a trial so if we drown in orders or run out of your material, we’ll need to call it off for a bit and regroup. Otherwise, trial closes down on May 31st. First-come, first-serve.

Questions? Email service|at|ponoko|dot|com

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It’s Maker Faire month! Get a FREE $50 Ponoko making voucher with any $100 order!

Just type ‘Maker Faire’ in the special shipping instructions.

It’s May, and that means Maker Faire Bay Area is on its way! So we’re running a perennial promo fave:

Get a FREE $50 Making Voucher with your $100 order!

To get your $50 making voucher:
1. Log in to your Ponoko account. If you don’t have one, sign up for free here.
2. Place a $100 minimum order at the Ponoko US or NZ hub.
3. Type ‘Maker Faire’ in the special shipping instructions, and we’ll email you your $50 Making Voucher.

Things you should know: Offer good for making stuff with laser cutting or 3D printing at Ponoko. Showroom or sample store purchases do not qualify. $100 minimum does not include shipping. Other coupon codes or vouchers cannot be used with this offer. Offer only good at Ponoko US and NZ. Offer totally valid for Ponoko Prime accounts! Offer ends at 8pm pacific time on May 31, 2013.

About the free Making Voucher: Promotional making voucher is good for a future order, not the initial $100 order. One promotional voucher per account. (Making Vouchers are good on making costs only.)

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CODAME event explores 3D printing at intersection of Art and Technology

Wednesday May 1 in San Francisco

Art/tech nonprofit CODAME is “exploring the dimensions of 3D printing” — all 4 of them. What’s the fourth dimension of 3D printing? You’ll have to find out from CODAME featured artist and speaker Stefano Corazza.

CODAME 3D PRINTING will be at Adobe Systems in SOMA San Francisco on Wednesday, May 1 from 6-9pm. Tickets are donation only, but $10 is recommended.

There will be performance art, live music, 3D printing show & tell, plus talks on 3D printing as applied to Business, Gaming, Manufacturing, Biology, and Art. Check out the full featured speaker/artist profiles here, including Ponoko CMO Kristen Turner (yep, talkin’ about myself in 3rd person).

So come to CODAME 3D Printing! It’s a lot of bang for your donated buck. Donate bucks ie get tickets here.

Can’t make it to this event? CODAME has an extensive calendar of events lined up for their 2013 program — everything from data visualization and hacking to fundraising and a full-on festival.

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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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We’re hiring a Head of Technology

Ponoko is looking for a web developer to lead our technology road map.

This is a great opportunity for a web developer to take ownership of Ponoko’s technology and work in a creative and challenging environment.

You’ll be the lead technologist, which means responsibility for delighting our customers with the most beautiful web experience possible.

Ponoko helps product designers to 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 featured in places like The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, Inc (cover story), Boing Boing, TechCrunch, CNet, PCWorld, MIT Technology Review, Makezine, BBC News, TV1, TV3, The NZ Herald and The Dominion Post.

We’re open to applicants in the SF Bay Area (US) and New Zealand only. Preference given to applicants in Wellington, NZ.
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Make something BIG — 40% off our largest laser cutting materials!

Major savings on P3 sizes through April 22

When it comes to materials for our laser cutting service, we’ve got ‘em in 3 sizes: P1, P2, and P3.

P3 is our biggest sheet size at 31.1″ x 15.1″ / 790mm x 384mm. It’s also our most expensive — with most of them around $20 – $30 a sheet and some, like our silicone rubber, are over $100.

While there isn’t a Ponokoan out there that doesn’t love a good looking laser cut coaster, sometimes you just want to make something BIG. Or maybe you want to fit a lot of smaller stuff on one big sheet. This is the promo for you!

40% off P3 laser cutting materials

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We’re hiring a Production Manager in Wellington, NZ

lead our laser cutting operations in NZ

Ponoko is looking for someone to lead our laser cutting operations in Wellington, New Zealand.

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 Wellington production room, which means responsibility for delighting our customers by delivering them a high quality and fast turnaround laser cutting service.

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The laser cut city

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #113

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

Make sure you join TLC’s Facebook page.

Above is a laser cutting in progress Andy Singleton and Lost Heritage Manchester.

After the jump, Bane, fists, coasters, and a business card… (more…)

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