Keep your laser cutting costs down with the Ponoko Product Recipe
Product Recipe #1 – Part 3
Jill is a graphic designer from Oakland, CA. While riding her bike to work, she was inspired to create a set of custom-made bike gear-themed coasters to sell at local bike shops and in her Etsy Store.
Here Jill takes you step-by-step through the process she used to turn her idea into a profitable product with Ponoko. Making her coasters at the lowest price possible means she pockets a healthy margin selling to stores and direct to customers.
You can apply these steps to your own project, or you can download all the files here.
Laser Cutting Cost Saving Guide Part 3: Prototype It
My goal was to find a happy compromise between design aesthetics (look/feel) and efficient engineering (cost).
Zero Cost Prototyping!
Before I paid to make anything, I used my Personal Factory to price lots of design iterations instantly. I learned a whole lot and it didn’t cost me a bean …
Target Production Cost = $1.88 per coaster (75% off retail).
First Quote – #1 = $5.40 per coaster (28% off retail).
Final Quote – #9 = $1.64 per coaster (78% off retail) !!
Here’s what I did to reduce my production cost, without actually making anything: (more…)