‘Making Things’ opens this Saturday in NYC at experimental retail shop STORY

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:

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The DIY Economy, video from last week’s Techonomy Detroit conference

Technology, economy, change, and Detroit.

Last week, more than 50 leaders in today’s entrepreneurial technology scene gathered at the invitational Techonomy conference.

Our own David ten Have was invited to join a panel entitled The DIY Economy: The Democratization of Finance, Design, Manufacturing, and Distribution. Fellow panelists included Grady Burnett of Facebook, Mark Hatch of TechShop, and Danae Ringelmann of Indiegogo.

The idea was to feature speakers that represent each stage in creating your own business. Funding (Indiegogo), prototyping (TechShop), manufacturing (Ponoko), and marketing (Facebook).

You can watch the full 45 minute panel sessions in the video below or read the transcript here.

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Scan this, DIY lasercut business cards with QR codes

James Stokebrand leads by example. Lots of examples.


Last year James Stokebrand, a computer engineer living in Chicagoland, discovered Ponoko and decided to create some lasercut business cards.

“I was laid off in April 2011,” James explains “but I prefer to stay busy so I got the idea to create business cards with a QR code to my LinkedIn profile.”

But the first try was far from perfect. The cards were too big, corners were too sharp, and the text alignment was off. (The blurring in the images is for James’ privacy, not the result of the lasercutter.)

The second cut fixed most of the problems with the first round, but the cards — made of 3mm black acrylic — were too thick.

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Makeshift Magazine latest issue highlights creative opposition from around the world

grassroots resistance

Makeshift Magazine is a new publication “about people, the things they make, and the context they make them in.” It’s one of 3 titles available from Analogue Digital, a group dedicated to supporting grassroots innovation especially in resource-constrained areas around the world.

I’m holding the latest issue of Makeshift Magazine in my hands — an issue investigating the changing nature of resistance as a result of street-level technology and grassroots movements.

The articles — ranging from homemade weapons in Libya to technological disobedience in Cuba to repurposed explosives in Laos — are well written and thoroughly illustrated with infographics and photography. My favorite set of photos show a reviving neighborhood in Haiti’s Port-au-prince.

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What you get when you fasten Gothic flanges to a flashlight — the Magmace.

Ponoko made project by Jim Rodda

Jim Rodda introduces his Magmace as “6.8 pounds of cold-rolled, Krylon-coated, All-American neo-medieval whoop-ass.”

The Wisconsin-based maker and full-time arcade video game designer started the project by 3D printing prototypes with his Replicator. Jim then decided to get a little more hardcore and create his mace with lasercut cold-rolled steel from Ponoko.

The metal flanges are attached to a 6D cell Maglite flashlight with a pair of hose clamps. I asked Jim where he got this idea.

“I used to live in a part of the country where power went out intermittently, so it made sense to have lots of flashlights velcroed to walls around the house. So now I have like 9 different flashlights,” he explains.

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Glazed Ceramic for 3D Printing now in 7 colors!

plus 10% off all Glazed Ceramic orders through July 29


We LOVE 3D printing with Glazed Ceramic. It’s got the perfect hint of gloss; it’s safe for food and drink; it can take some serious heat; and best of all — it’s now available in seven oh-so-lovely colors.

White | Green | Pale Blue | Peach | Periwinkle | Teal | Yellow |

Today, we added 3 brand new ceramic colors to the bouquet:
Yellow, Green, and Pale Blue.

It’s hard to choose just one, so we’ve lowered pricing on *all* Glazed Ceramics through July 29. You’ll save 10% (price automatically reduced) on all Glazed Ceramic orders in any and all available colors.

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Annual international fab lab conference coming to New Zealand in August

FAB8 NZ | August 22-28, 2012 | Massey University in Wellington, NZ

The 8th annual international fab lab conference — FAB8NZ — is coming to Wellington, New Zealand this year!

The seven-day event (August 22-28) will be hosted by The College of Creative Arts at Massey University and The Affect Research Centre with support from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

A highlight of the event will be the one day Public Academic Symposium on Digital Fabrication held on August 27. The speaker list is still growing but the current agenda confirms Alica Jackson of DARPA, Vik Oliver of RepRap, and Wellington’s own David ten Have of Ponoko.

Conference tracks are divided into four categories: Practices/Operations, Processes/Tutorials, Projects/Research, and Energy/Environment. Expect to learn things like:
• how to start your own fab lab
• how to make a circuit board
• the environmental and social impact of local manufacture & DIY
• introducing Maker skills to grade school students
• how to build your own 3D printer
• a lot more stuff!

Early Bird registration prices range from NZ$50 for students to attend the Symposium on Digital Fabrication to an all-events 7 day pass for NZ$450. (That’s kiwi money folks.)

Register now at the lowest rates, and start planning your New Zealand vacation.

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Electro-luminescent prayer mat glows when facing Mecca, a Kickstarter project

bringing the El Sajjadah to production

The El Sajjadah is an illuminating prayer mat by product design studio SOPDS. Using a built-in digital compass and user input of current location, the mat detects the direction of Mecca and lights up when properly oriented. The glowing pattern depicts the story of life and indicates a place for the feet and hands during prayer.

This innovative combination of technology and religion has received international attention ranging from a cover story in the UK’s T3 magazine to the International Inventor’s Fair in Kuwait to a recent exhibition and acquisition by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Encouraged by the global interest in the El Sajjadah, SOPDS members Soner, Bahadir, Ben, and Cat have launched a Kickstarter project to put his prayer mat into production and make it available to the 1.6 million+ Muslims around the world.

Rewards for project backers include both an A3 and full scale size prints, an actual El Sajjadah from the first production run, a customized version from our UK lasercutting partner RazorLAB, and the opportunity to work with designer Soner Ozenc on a completely custom electro-luminescent prayer mat.

Check out this Kickstarter video to learn more about the project and see the mat in action.

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Get 10% off at RazorLAB when you share a pic of your lasercut project!

Share a pic. Get a code.

If you’ve ever made something with our UK partners RazorLAB, it’s high time you showed off!

RazorLAB is giving out 10% off promo codes to anyone who shares a pic of their lasercut project made with RazorLAB’s lasercutting service.

All ya gotta do is email a photo of your RazorLAB-made project to info[@]razorlab.co.uk

Offer ends 30 June 2012.

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No CAD skills? No problem. Formulor lets anyone create lasercut designs.

Turn your design ideas into real products.

Berlin-based company Formulor was founded by a team with over ten years of experience in laser-cutting and design. Formulor launched in 2010 and became our first manufacturing partner in the EU.

With the release of the Personal Factory API, the Formulor team began working on a whole new site and improved user interface.

The new Formulor site is now live and features a great built-in design tool that lets you create your design right on the page.

Just pick your material (25 to choose from), select a size and thickness, then start creating your design with the various shape, text, and line tools.

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