Laser-cutting project guide for students & classes

Designing, making and selling a professional product is more accessible than ever before and can be an invaluable part of design education.

Below you can download a guide that will get you started structuring a course or project using Ponoko, and introduce you and your students to the exciting world of digital fabrication.

A Personal Factory project can:


• Introduce your students to digital fabrication
• Inspire them to think of innovative new products
• Expose them to every step of the design process
• Give them professional products for their portfolio

This guide will walk you through:


• The possibilities and limitations of laser-cutting
• Suggested materials to use for beginners
• Advice for keeping costs down
• Tips and tricks for creating problem-free designs
• Examples of actual project timeframes and outcomes