DIY Laser Cutter

Discover what a home-built laser cutter can do

There are a few examples out there of DIY laser cutters, with people sharing info and tips on how to make your own laser cutting device at home.

One such project comes from Jens Clarholm, and he has put together a neat overview of just what his home-built device is able to achieve as it cuts and/or engraves various readily available materials.

The laser cutter that Jens constructed boasts a 300mW laser diode sourced off eBay mounted in a wooden frame with drawer runners facilitating movement on both axes. Controlling the mechanism is a breeze thanks to an Arduino Nano and Easy Driver combo.  (more…)

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We’re hiring! 2 production positions in the Bay Area.

Ponoko is looking for two people to join our production team in the Bay Area starting in January.

  1. A Production Manager to lead our laser cutting operations in the Bay Area.
  2. A Production Assistant – part time to start with the potential to go full time.

This is a great opportunity for a recent graduate, designer, maker, artist or student to learn more about digital fabrication and work in a creative and challenging environment.

You’ll be leading our Bay Area production room, which means responsibility for delighting our customers by delivering them a high quality and fast turnaround laser cutting service.

Ponoko helps designers make beautiful things they can make money from. We’re one of the world’s leading companies in the online digital making industry, being the first to enable designers to both make and sell their product ideas online. We’ve been featured in places like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, CNN Money, Inc. Magazine (cover), Forbes, Wired, Core77, TechCrunch, Makezine, MIT Technology Review, BBC News and The Economist.

View the job descriptions here:

Production Manager
Production Assistant

To apply:
Introduce yourself and send your resume to dan [at] ponoko [dot] com

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Laser cut treasures

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Above is a laser cut plywood illustration, Stag Beetle’s Treasure, from mtomsky.

After the jump, dogs, scouts, letters, and postcards… (more…)

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Showing personality with a hint of leather

Laser cut leather accessories to keep you looking sharp

If you’re out there struttin’ your stuff in the world of high fashion, there is a chance that you have seen some pretty fancy laser cut clothing and accessories on the catwalks.

Providing plenty of inspiration to draw on, designers and makers continue to show us that it’s easier than ever to create interesting looking laser cut leather accessories. Artists who work with leather comment on the versatility of this material, with variations in the supple qualities further enhanced by the colour tones brought out in the tanning process.

Pictured above are just a few examples of what can be achieved once you know your way around laser cutting in leather.

The first four laser cut leather items are from Polymath Design Lab, with images thanks to Shannon Henry on Flickr. Below that are two of Colin Francis’ leather cuffs from Cuffmodern in the Ponoko Showroom.

Have you ever wanted to give leather a try? Explore your creativity with leather in the Ponoko Personal Factory.

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Rembering laser cutting

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #152

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Above is a laser cut steel monument to Nelson Mandela is by artist Marco Cianfanelli via Designboom.

After the jump, dears, magpies, univariates, a campfire, cards, and mesh joinery… (more…)

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Elegant laser cut clocks

Taking inspiration from ornate European public timepieces

There is a lot to see at the Renegade Craft Chicago Winter Market in 2013. For those lucky enough to be in town on the 7th and 8th of December, one of the designers to look out for is Chicago native Sarah Mimo.

Over the past few years, Sarah has been building on a body of work that is inspired by an earlier visit to London and Prague. While on these travels, she found the beauty of Europe’s public clocks particularly memorable and has incorporated this influence into her artwork.

The result is an exceptional collection where she brings her own flavour to the idea of an ornamental timepiece. Laser cut and then finished and assembled by hand in her Brooklyn studio, these clocks are sure to pass the test of time.

See more from Sarah and other creative artists at the Chicago Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market on December 7-8, or for those who miss out, there is plenty of laser cut eye candy on her website.

Sarah Mimo via Renegade Craft

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Above are laser cut wood snowflake ornaments gift box set from Timber Green Woods.

After the jump, cutting boards, cats, coasters, and boot keepers… (more…)

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4 days only: Get 30% OFF Laser Cutting

It’s our biggest SALE of the year! 30% OFF Laser Cutting with code GDOLFF

Super special deal ends Monday at midnight!

Get 30% OFF with code GDOLFF

From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, save 30% on the making costs of any laser cutting order at Ponoko.

Promotion ends midnight pst on Monday, December 2. Not valid with metal materials! Not valid with Ponoko Prime accounts. (Prime subscribers get 32.5% off making costs on every laser cutting order.)

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Laser cut flute

Sweet sounds from a musical student workshop

Using technical expertise to explore – and indeed change – the way that people interact with and experience music is Yale student Lamtharn Hantrakul’s passion. Deep in the midst of a double major in Applied Physics and Music Composition, this latest project is playing a sweet tune.

In a process that goes from raw materials to fully resolved instrument in just 2 hours, the making of a laser cut flute forms the basis of a student workshop that gives new meaning to the concept of being hands-on with your music.

Referred to as a ‘fluterecorder’, the design is modelled on a traditional Thai flute called the Khlui.

The decision to use a laser cutter was made because it is a workflow that is easily accessible to students, as opposed to power tools that require a greater learning curve and level of supervision. An added bonus is that the laser cutter can be used to create custom etchings, enabling each student to individualise their design.

Click through to learn more and see a brief clip of the flute being played, with considerable prowess.   (more…)

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Above are laser cut wood 3 Small Orbs from Thomas Houha Design.

After the jump, a drafting table, bangles, a box, a flask, a keyring, and geominos… (more…)

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