With the knowledge that you’re paying for every move the laser makes, keeping all the pieces of your design close together can really make a difference. Instead of having them scattered around the template, try to fit them all together (kind of like a jigsaw puzzle).
Depending on your design, it may even be possible for some pieces to share a cutting line. Just be sure you don’t forget about removing double lines as we saw in Tip #6 if there are any overlaps.
When pieces are close together or sharing a cutting line, be sure that you leave enough space for the kerf (how much material the laser burns away – see here or here).
Once you have tested (and tested and tested!) your design on the P1 template and are ready to produce multiple copies, clever use of the larger P3 template will further reduce the cost per item.
Have you tried grouping parts together in your own laser cutting? What impact did it have for you? Let us know in the comments below.
Now that we have our layout sorted, let’s move on from outlines to details with Tip #8: Vector vs Raster engraving.
Ensure delivery in time for Father’s Day day by ordering before these deadlines.
To ensure you’re stocked up in time to sell and ship your products into your customer’s hands, here are your order dates for you to run an organized ship – keep in mind, the earlier you order, the more you’ll save.
Laser Cutting Order Deadlines:
Standard Making & Shipping Speeds: Last Orders by Wednesday June 3rd, 2015.
Upgraded Making & Shipping Speeds: Last Orders by Wednesday, June 17th, 2015.
Metal Machining (PCM) Order Deadline:
Standard Making & Shipping Speeds: Last Orders by Wednesday May 27th 2015.
3D Printing Order Deadline:
Standard Making & Shipping Speeds: Last Orders by Friday, May 22nd 2015.
Creating a miniature replica of pioneering photographic technology
With cameras at our fingertips at almost every waking moment, taking a quick selfie or a snapping a portrait of your nearest and dearest (yes, cats count too!) is something most of us do every day. For photographer Guy J. Brown, the passion for portraiture goes a little deeper; in fact, he specialises in recreating pioneering photographic techniques and devices.
One such device is the Wolcott Camera, said to be the first ever patented back in 1840. Guy has utilised the technology of his 21st century workshop to bring this early portrait machine back to life. The result is something to behold… with laser cut ply components designed in Adobe Illustrator, and hardware purchased from eBay completing the ‘baby Wolcott’.
Follow through to the source link to find out more about this project, including a deeper look at the original Wolcott camera. You can also download files to construct your own nostalgic photographic device – and then show those Instagram filters how it’s really done.
Are you a laser-equipped retro shutterbug too? Tell us about your laser cut camera experience in the comments below.
When objects are positioned side-by-side, a double cutting line can result if there is an overlap. This means that the laser will cut the same section twice – which means you’ll pay double as well! To stop this from happening, take a moment to go through your design file and make sure that there are no shared lines or overlaps.
For more about avoiding double lines and how to fix them, the Ponoko Making Guides provide all the info you need. You’ll find comprehensive Starter Kits for Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, CorelDRAW and AutoCAD.
Remember that with laser cutting, you are paying for every move the laser makes. Don’t pay twice – check your design file before you upload.
Have you been caught out by this in the past? Let us know your story in the comments below…
Next up we look at another way to keep laser cutting costs down with Tip #7: Pieces close together.
We’ve given the front page of our site a facelift, with the goal of providing newcomers an easier way of learning about who we are and what we do.
This is version one: Next we’ll be unveiling a new & improved materials catalog and an updated Ponoko showroom.
If you haven’t already, take a moment to check out our new home page. We would love it if you took a moment to share your thoughts. What works? What needs improvement? What are you hoping to see in version two? Let us know in the comments below.
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When exchanging business cards with someone, what information about you do they really need? In a world where connected devices are within reach at all times, perhaps your most critical info is your online presence.
Gabe Ferreira reduced his key details down to a personal website address and then maxed out the text to fill the area of a traditional business card. In his own words:
“…there is no distinction between content and material. The cards are more durable and cheaper to produce than most “premium” business cards.”
Making use of the Ponoko Personal Factory can give brand identities a strong visual presence and this example from Gabe shows how clever laser cutting will really stand apart from the more familiar printed alternatives. Have you seen other great laser cut business card ideas? Let us know in the comments below.