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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Small Business Stories: interview with jewelry designer Kimono Reincarnate

Retail Ready with Melanie Gray Augustin

To some people, creativity is as natural as breathing or the love of freshly baked bread. Being a creative mind or a pathologically hands-on designer is one [wonderful] thing.  However, creativity doesn’t always translate successfully to business savvy. Creativity often covets freedom and experimentation, but business demands discipline and focus.  Fortunately, there are still plenty of creative entrepreneurs to inspire those with a design vision to start their own business.

In the New Year we are starting a new feature that will focus on all things small business. Don’t worry; there will be none of that tedious business school textbook material.  As part of the small biz feature, we will bring you regular interviews with Ponoko Makers who rely on Personal Factory to create their line of products, be it household objects, jewelry, electronics enclosures or other made on demand goods.

As an extra dose of pre-holiday inspiration, we’re giving you a sneak peak at the interview series!

Meet Australian jewelry designer Melanie Gray Augustin.   Her label Kimono Reincarnate perfectly expresses her design style: modern handmade jewelry that features upcycled materials – inspired by traditional Japanese textiles and design.Read the full interview after the jump:

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2011 Holiday Gift Guide: 7 super cute things for kids

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1. Mushroom Wall Clock $68 by Decoylab – I don’t really know why toadstools are so precious, but they are!

2. Lion Wall Clock $78 by Decoylab – This lion face clock lasercut from bamboo is Jonathan Adler-level adorable but so much more affordable.

3. Custom Modular Wall Art (contact for price quote) by A.R.T – Design your own work of modular wall art with a downloadable template or work with a designer from A.R.T. to create the perfect, kid-friendly installation.

4. Hand painted Kokeshi Broach $42 by Kimono Reincarnate – Just ask Australian designer Melanie Gray to leave off the metal brooch backing, and you’ve got a darling little doll.

5. Cycloidal Scribbling Engine $35 by Mr. Velocipede – have some old-school spirograph fun making colorful radial art with this set of 5 acrylic discs.

6. Pop-out Snowflake Ornament Set $38(aud) by Sniffle Co. – The pop-out action of these snowflake ornaments makes this gift double as a puzzle!

7. DIY Ponocto Stool Kit (2) $180 by Made on Jupiter – This is not just a great product, but a great project for kids and parents to do together. You’ll receive 2 stool kits that require tab cutting, some sanding, assembly and finishing. Made from quality Baltic Birch plywood.

Laser cut reading in bed

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #36


Hey, Sam here. I’m back collecting this week’s posts from The Laser Cutter

Above is a work called  Shadowscape from Mario Klingemann.

After the jump, another view of Shadowscape,  a giant peach, a half finished tree, a light, a fox, and NLC Design #14… (more…)

Laser cut forces of nature

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #34


Markus Kayser – Sun Cutter Project from Markus Kayser on Vimeo.

Hey, Sam here. I’m back collecting this week’s posts from The Laser Cutter

Above is an amazing work from Markus Kayser, the Sun Cutter, which was shown to us by our friend Sascha Grant.

After the jump, more forces of nature, cranes, prints, and journals… (more…)

Digifabbing for the holidays

Whether you’ll be eating chocolate bunnies or matzot

With Passover about to start and Easter only a few days away, it’s time for some holiday digifabbed bunnies, eggs, seder plates and the like, so without further ado:

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Upcycling

Up-valuing the disused and the discarded

Recently, I had a stall at a local market, where I was selling my jewellery.  The day was long, the crowds were small, and there was lots of time to kill.  Of course, I got chatting to my stallholder neighbour Dael who makes carry bags and purses from used plastic bread bags.  Appropriately, her stall is titled “breadbags”.  The idea is amazing!  She collects plastic bread bags from various brands of bread, cuts them into sheets and fuses them together in four layers to create a durable multi-coloured surface.  These are then sewn to make practical and long-lasting carry bags of various sizes.  I’m kicking myself for not taking photos of these.

Interestingly, Dael called her popular bags “recycled”, which I believe, completely undermines her design intent.  Recycling is essentially downcycling, in most cases.  It is taking something that had value and fabricating it into something of lesser value, using a lot of energy in the process.  Recycling implies devaluing.  “Breadbags” have more value than “bread bags”, so they are upcycled products.

The lifespan of a bread bag is negligible.  It’s a short trip from the bakery to the landfill, via the supermarket and your pantry.  I reuse bread bags for carrying lunches, etc, until they get grubby and find themselves in confines of a rubbish bin next to all the fragrant chicken skins, filthy clingwrap and all the other torn up, squashed packaging that cannot be recycled.  Ok, so in my house the life of a bread bag is a few weeks instead of a few days. It hardly makes a difference.

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The Business of Jewelry

Meet designer and stockist of jewelry – Corky Saint Clair


Most Ponoko makers we talk to found out about the service via some blog or an online article, or in a few instances, word of mouth from other makers. But not Chris Bril. The owner of Melbourne’s Corky Saint Clair subway shop spotted a wooden brooch on someone, was told that it was made with Ponoko, and decided to join. The timing was pretty fortunate, as Chris’ friendly local laser cutting business that he’d been using, no longer stocked the necessary range of materials.

In the three years of making with Ponoko, Corky Saint Clair have produced their own shop signage and released a variety of acrylic and wood brooches and necklaces. In addition (it’s a small world after all), Corky Saint Clair features works by other designers that make with Ponoko. Melanie Gray Augustin and Louis Italiano

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Where Do Laser Cut Owls Live?

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #15


Hey, Sam here. I’m back collecting this week’s posts from The Laser Cutter!

Above is Satellite, a mixed media work including laser cut acrylic from artist Tyler Bohm.

After the jump an answer to the above question with an owl, a tree (see where I’m going with this?), a kimono, and a kick plate.

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LAB CRAFT — an exhibition celebrating digital fabrication

digital adventures in contemporary craft

Lab Craft is an exhibition featuring 26 makers who combine their artistic vision and manual skills “with cutting-edge digital technologies such as rapid prototyping, laser cutting, laser scanning and digital printing.”

Curated by Max Fraser for the UK’s Crafts Council, the exhibition showcases work from several makers previously featured here on the blog including Gareth Neal, Geoffrey Mann, Liam Hopkins, Lynne MacLachlan, and Tord Boontje.

My favorite piece in the show is Shine by Geoffrey Mann. This piece is the result of 3D scanning a Victorian candelabra and 3D printing the scanned information in silver plated bronze. The scanner being unable to distinguish the actual surface of the object from the reflections produces spikes which vary with the intensity of the reflection.

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