Overview of all the awesome materials we added in 2011!

37 in 2011

Materials are the spice of life when it comes to making your own stuff. And this year we added THIRTY SEVEN new materials to the Ponoko making hubs (not including new material thicknesses)!

Before we jump into this, one of the best ways to see what materials you can use to make stuff is to check out the Ponoko sample store.
[ USA store here ] [ NZ store here ]

Not only do you get a survey of all the materials we offer, but you can purchase samples for pretty cheap. These samples will show you the quality of the materials as well as the performance of the making process (e.g. laser-cutting, cnc routing, 3D printing.)

So here’s a roundup of all the awesome materials we added in 2011.
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Cheaper, stronger, better + matte black rubber — The New Material Monthly

November edition

It’s been a great month for new materials and material updates. And a lot of them aren’t just new, they’re new and *improved*. We’ve even been able to majorly reduce the price of one of our most popular wood materials.

Here’s the 411 on all the new materials added in the month of November.

Silicone Rubber in Matte Black


Back in October, we asked our most 1337 Ponoko-pros to name and vote on their top 2 most wanted materials. And we promised to add them to the material catalog by the end of the year.

So you can thank them for the addition of Silicone Rubber in Matte Black.

It’s pretty awesome looking. Get a sample of Silicone Rubber in Matte Black. And stay tuned in 2012 for more rubber colors.

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Fall felt colors, spotlight on PETG & a sample store for each hemisphere — The New Material Monthly

October edition

We didn’t add as many new materials as usual this month, but we *did* launch the brand new, New Zealand material sample store!

The NZ sample store is your one-stop-shop for swatches from the Ponoko NZ materials catalog. And just last week we added 2 new felt colors to the NZ catalog: bordeaux and camouflage.

Speaking of felt, we’ve got a *FELT SALE* going on that will make you feel warm and fuzzy all over.

In the meantime, read up on Yana’s material of the month — the very useful PETG.

The new Personal Factory material sample store for New Zealand!

Yippee! Material samples for NZ!

The wait is over. You can now buy samples of all 58 (and counting) materials featured in our New Zealand materials catalog!

Today we open the Personal Factory material sample store for New Zealand, a counterpart to our US material sample store launched earlier this year.

In addition to launching our NZ sample store, we’ve also added tons of new samples to the US material sample store since it opened — like CNC mdf and plywood, fingerprint resistant acrylics, 3D printed glazed ceramic, and more.

Pricing at the new NZ material sample store is conveniently in NZ dollars.

Samples start at just $3(NZ) each in NZ and $2.50(US) each in the US!

For NZ orders, domestic shipping starts at $2. International shipping starts at $6.50. Or pick up your samples at our HQ in Wellington and pay $0 shipping!

For US orders, domestic shipping starts at $5. International shipping starts at $15.

P.S. Be sure to check out The New Material Monthly for a look at all the new materials we’ve added each month.

Felts, fluorescents, and polarizing film! — the New Material Monthly

September edition

September was another great month of new materials to make stuff with!

There are new laser-cutting materials available at Ponoko US, Formulor in Germany, and Vectorealism in Italy; plus a new 3D printing material.

Check ‘em out in this roundup of all the new materials added last month.

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Ceramic, acrylics, polypropylenes, and ply — the New Material Monthly

August edition

It’s been another great month of new materials! There were 6 new materials for laser-cutting added to the overall Ponoko digital making network and 1 super cool new material for 3D printing.

Get all the details and pics after the jump.

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Tints, mirror, mylar & mattes — the New Material Monthly

July edition

Dan the Man is always adding awesome new materials to the Ponoko materials catalog. So how can you keep it up with it all the new material addition action? Follow us on twitter fo sho, but also…

…introducing The New Material Monthly, a recap of all the new materials added for the month.

Because this is a new thing, we’re going to do a special triple feature and tell you about all the new materials we’ve added this summer.

Check it out.
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