Tweet your Ponoko projects!
Here’s your chance to win a free Ponoko project every month of 2013.
How to enter:
Tweet a pic or link of your Ponoko-made project with hashtag #YippeeYay
Each unique project tweeted between November 2 and December 10 will be entered in a random drawing to win.
If you haven’t made with Ponoko before, tweet a pic or link of your design file that’s been accepted by our system. (There’s a bit of a learning curve to making stuff with Ponoko, and we’d like the prize to go to someone that can really use it.)
1 winner will receive a $200 credit every month of 2013. Credit can be used towards any costs of a Ponoko US or NZ order including making, materials, shipping, and material samples. Cannot be used towards items supplied by Sparkfun. Unused credit does not rollover (resets at the start of each month) and is not redeemable for cash.
Contest closes Monday, December 10 at 8pm pacific time. Winner will be announced the following week.
We can’t wait to see what you make!! And don’t forget to use #YippeeYay
Purpose built 3D modelling software for designing 3D models for printing
MeshUp is a purpose built 3D modelling application for 3D printing. At first glance, MeshUp appears to have similar mesh mixing capabilities as Autodesk meshmixer. However it includes much more powerful and 3D printing specific features. Developed by a company called Uformia, they claim – “MeshUp is the first real volume modeler for meshes. We want to make life easier for 3D printing and for creators. At Uformia we envision a very different experience for users, where without effort, a creator can be sure that their models are always ready for 3D printing.” (more…)
Manufacturing development emulating the software worldDesign studio Teague recently showcased 13:30, a pair of headphones at Makerfaire. They are currently experimenting with applying the concept of releasing products in ‘beta’ to manufacturing. For Teague, John Mabry designed a pair of headphones entitled 13:30, for print on a professional grade FDM 3D printer using commonly available electronic components. (more…)
And features lots of Ponoko-made products!
STORY is a different kind of retail shop that aims to support both commerce and the community. The 2000 square foot space in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood rotates merchandise based on a monthly theme and hosts various events that tie in.
STORY’s newest theme ‘Making Things’ opens this Saturday, October 6 at 11am and runs through October 28.
The new retail assortment will relate to the concept of Making Things, from products with a literal interpretation such as DIY kits to items with a more abstract relationship to the theme like ‘making memories’ or ‘making time’.
We were delighted to have five Ponokoans invited to sell their designs at STORY this month:
Slashing costs on orange and black — all month long.
Hello Ponokoans, and happy October. We’ve got a Halloween treat for you!
All of our orange and black lasercutting materials of *all sizes* are 50% off through October 31. That’s right; we took out our chainsaws and kitchen knives and slashed the pricing right in half!
It was so much fun that our European partners did it too!! Except they used swords, because they live in Europe. But the point is, ALL orange and black lasercutting materials of ALL sizes at ALL of our lasercutting hubs are 50% off!!
• Ponoko / United States materials — prices already reduced
• Ponoko / New Zealand materials — prices already reduced
• RazorLAB United Kingdom materials — refunds will be issued
• Vectorealism / Italy materials — prices already reduced
• Formulor / Germany materials — prices already reduced
Here are just a few of the victims:
Quick note: If you need your orange/black order actually by Halloween, you need to have you order in no later than October 15!
Quick note #2: Ponoko Making Vouchers cannot be redeemed against orders containing the materials discounted for this promotion.
Lost wax plastic castingJeshua Lacock of 3DTOPO is currently building his own laser cutter. As with many DIY projects, some parts you can only build yourself out of scrap. Finding some some aluminium lying around and a DIY furnace he set about documenting a combination of making assembly parts with 3D printing and an ancient, but still very commonly used manufacturing process called lost wax or investment casting. Lacock, however has coined the term Lost PLA casting, owing to the type of plastic filament he 3D printed on his Ultimaker. (more…)
Kickstarter’s latest and very promising RepRap derivative
The latest and professional in appearance RepRap based 3D printer was developed by Duy Dang to have a rigid construction yet retain the low cost and ease of assembly aspects that RepRap owners and builders enjoy. (more…)
Type KICKOFF in the special shipping instructions
The big making season is getting in gear, and we’re kicking it off with your favorite deal.
Spend $50 or more at Ponoko, get a FREE $50 Making Voucher!
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 $50 minimum order at the Ponoko US or NZ hub.
3. Type KICKOFF in the special shipping instructions, and we’ll email you your $50 Making Voucher.
Things you should know: Offer is for making stuff with Ponoko. Showroom or sample store purchases do not qualify. $50 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 October 8, 2012.
About the free Making Voucher: Promotional making voucher is good for a future order, not the initial $50 order. One promotional voucher per account. (Making Vouchers are good on making costs only.)
Because gravity, isn’t always a 3D modeller’s best friend
When you build small intricate 3D models in a virtual environment for 3D printing
in the real world, you quickly learn 3D modelling isn’t always easy, especially if you’re making miniatures with tiny parts. Sometimes these delicate pieces can break. The key is to know which parts you need to scale up, both for structural reasons and for enhancing the contrast of small details. Unless you have a background in engineering this is usually a trial and error process.
The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #93
Hey, Sam here collecting the post from The Laser Cutter.
Above is the laser cut book, Meticulous, from Ganiel Lester, via Artitute Art.
The race is still on to 200th follower on TLC’s Facebook page and win a fabulous prize…
After the jump, scrap, glasses, models, trains, and laser cut man… (more…)