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May 19, 2011

Personal Factory App Gateway launches with new consumer app from Autodesk

  • Autodesk launches public beta of Autodesk 123D modeling software with ‘Make it' services that connect to Personal Factory.
  • Personal Factory users can get an instant price to have their custom goods made locally on demand.
  • 123D first ‘making app' on Personal Factory App Gateway, set to revolutionize consumer access to the biggest range of customizable goods yet.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 19, 2011 — Ponoko, Inc. – the virtual manufacturing pioneer –today announced that its Personal Factory platform will support the new free 3D modeling software, Autodesk 123D, which is now available in public beta.

The partnership between Autodesk and Ponoko allows the companies to meet the growing demand from people who want to design, make or sell their own products. A leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, Autodesk is extending its 3D design software expertise to consumers with Autodesk 123D by allowing creative individuals to explore, design, refine and fabricate their custom product ideas.

Connecting Autodesk 123D to Personal Factory, the world's most advanced platform for the mass customization of goods, enables anyone to access the manufacturing technologies that they need to get their designs physically made.

Ponoko Chief Executive David ten Have says Autodesk 123D is the first of many apps that will be available on the Personal Factory App Gateway.

"The Personal Factory App Gateway is at the leading edge of the maker movement," says ten Have. "Integrating ‘making apps' like 123D with Personal Factory means developers of product design and customization tools do not need to build manufacturing infrastructure into their software. Personal Factory enables consumers and makers to get an instant price to have their custom goods made locally on demand."

The entry of a leading US public company like Autodesk into the market shows the digital making industry is heating up.

"Autodesk shares Ponoko's vision of a world where products can be digitally designed and made on-demand and as close to the point of consumption as possible," said Samir Hanna, Vice President of Consumer Products at Autodesk.

The partnership with Autodesk coincides with the launch of the latest release of Ponoko's platform – Personal Factory 5. New in this version is CNC routing which makes it easy to create large format items like tables and chairs. CNC routing complements the laser cutting and 3D printing options currently available through Personal Factory.

This latest release also includes the Personal Factory App Gateway – a directory of apps consumers can use to design and make custom goods – clothing, homeware, lighting, jewelry, furniture, toys, electronics, car parts, and much more. Autodesk 123D software is the first of these, and eight other examples, showcased on the website, are currently under development and set to follow soon.

Feeding into the App Gateway, the Personal Factory Developer Program is now up and running. Software developers – large and small – can join it to create making apps using the Personal Factory API, and distribute them on the App Gateway.

Ponoko, with offices in both San Francisco and New Zealand, has 13 digital making hubs around the world – 9 throughout the USA, 3 in Europe and 1 in New Zealand. Its virtual manufacturing software is used by designers, hobbyists, micro-businesses, and DIY manufacturers who have already made over 100,000 individualized goods.

"We are at the center of a growing multi million dollar community using our software platform to make and sell custom products," says ten Have.

Ponoko derives revenue from providing Personal Factory as a software service and a royalty from products made using it. Ponoko was founded by David ten Have and Derek Elley in 2007 in New Zealand.

For more information contact:

Derek Elley
Ponoko
+1 415 335 4471 or +64 21 88 66 81
derek.elley@ ponoko.com

Catherine Wang
SweeneyVesty New York
+1 212 905 3348
catherine.wang@sweeneyvesty.com

About Ponoko

Ponoko, Inc is the creator of Personal Factory, the world’s most advanced platform for the mass customization of goods. It’s used by creative consumers to turn their design ideas into custom goods on-demand and locally using a global making network. Over 100,000 customer designed goods have been made in 13 locations throughout the USA, Europe and the South Pacific. ( www.ponoko.com )

About Autodesk

For more information about Autodesk 123D, please visit www.123Dapp.com.

May 11, 2011

Chris Anderson Joins Ponoko Advisory Board

Wired magazine editor-in-chief Chris Anderson has joined the advisory board of Ponoko, the virtual manufacturing pioneer which claims to be "the world's easiest making system."

Founded by David ten Have and Derek Elley in 2007, Ponoko's Personal Factory™ software has already been used by designers, micro-businesses and DIY manufacturers to make over 100,000 products.

Berkley, CA-based Anderson joins Treehugger.com founder Graham Hill, co-founder and CEO of Cafepress.com Fred Durham, and co-founder of Designledfutures Ross Stevens, as a Ponoko board advisor.

"I'm a robotics geek, I love making things, and for me, Ponoko is one of the inventors of the future of manufacturing and the new industrial revolution," says Anderson.

In addition to writing a book on the forthcoming manufacturing revolution, Anderson is the founder of DIYDrones and 3D Robotics, on open source robotics company.

Chris Anderson will have no shares in the company and nor will he receive any remuneration for his role.

Ponoko featured on the October 2009 cover of INC magazine with the headline "The Future of Manufacturing: a New Zealand company called Ponoko has reinvented the factory for the 21st century."

Ponoko is spawning a new online making environment which Anderson calls "the long tail of things." In a January 2010 essay in Wired Anderson wrote that "Peer production, open source, crowdsourcing, user- generated content — all these digital trends have begun to play out in the world of atoms, too. The Web was just the proof of concept. Now the revolution hits the real world. In short, atoms are the new bits."

Ponoko has digital making hubs in Oakland CA, Berlin, Milan, London, and Wellington New Zealand. CEO David ten Have characterizes Ponoko as a making software platform company and not a 3D printing bureau. "We set up Ponoko to change the world we live in. We foresee a time where technology gives us all the power to create and make any product we need on-demand. Right now we're moving into the really exciting phase of how this will happen."

For more information contact:

Derek Elley
Ponoko
+1 415 335 4471 or +64 21 88 66 81
derek.elley@ ponoko.com

Catherine Wang
SweeneyVesty New York
+1 212 905 3348
catherine.wang@sweeneyvesty.com

November 17, 2010

Introducing Personal Factory 4 (now with 3D printing)

Ponoko has launched Personal Factory 4, making it even easier to buy, sell and make custom goods online, with or without design skills.

The new 3D printing materials are durable plastic, superfine plastic, rainbow ceramic, stainless steel and gold plate.

Personal Factory 4 is the world’s only system offering instant online pricing to make your projects using a combination of 2D and 3D digital making technologies and open-source electronics hardware.

With no setup fees and no minimum order sizes, you can now make custom electronic gadgets, homeware, fashion and furniture in the comfort of your home – and sell them to the world.

San Francisco, CA – The future of products is here. Ponoko launched Personal Factory 4 today – making it easier than ever to bring product ideas to life from the comfort of the home. Everyone can now make custom goods with a few mouse clicks using 2D and 3D digital making technologies, and a huge catalog of open-source electronics hardware.

"Sophisticated design and manufacturing are no longer reserved for an elite group with big budgets", says Ponoko CEO David ten Have. "Everyone has had a product idea at some point, and Personal Factory 4 gives them a place to make it real."

The new 3D printing materials introduced to Personal Factory 4 are durable plastic (SLS), superfine plastic (ProJet), rainbow ceramic (ZCorp), stainless steel and gold plate (ProMetal).

In an exclusive agreement, Ponoko adds the CloudFab network of 3D printers to its global network of laser cutters. "We’re excited to introduce Ponoko’s community to our 3D printers", says Nick Pinkston, founder of CloudFab. "In addition to 2D designs, Personal Factory 4 can now auto price, auto check and auto fix 3D designs, making it easier than ever to turn all sorts of ideas into real things over the Internet."

Ponoko’s Personal Factory 4 also offers new starter kits for 3D printing from Alibre, Autodesk 3ds Max, Blender (Free Software), Google SketchUp (freeware) and SolidWorks. Other CAD software can also be used to get instant online pricing for STL, DAE and VRML 97 design files.

"The box lamp on our homepage today is a superb example of a product created using Personal Factory 4", says David ten Have. "It illustrates that 2D materials are great for relatively large, flat and straight surfaces, 3D materials are good for durable connectors and complex shapes, while electronics hardware simply bring everything to life. This lamp is also available as a free download from our marketplace, so you can customize and make it yourself."

Personal Factory 4 is another evolution in Ponoko’s vision of a digital factory in every home, business and school, powered by its personal making system. "We are currently sitting at a really exciting point in the history of products: if you can imagine it, you can make it", says ten Have.

Ponoko’s personal making system is available as an online subscription: Free or Prime. A Prime account is $39 per month and includes lower pricing, faster delivery and a design quality check before you commit to your custom order. Importantly, there are no setup fees or minimum order sizes for anyone to make things, so there is no entry barrier.

All Personal Factory 4 features are available now from Ponoko’s U.S. hub, and will be rolled out to their worldwide digital factory network during 2011.

For more information contact:

Derek Elley
Ponoko
+1 415 335 4471 or +64 21 88 66 81
derek.elley@ ponoko.com

Nick Pinkston
CloudFab
+1 724 971 6818
nick@cloudfab.com

About Ponoko

Ponoko is the creator of Personal Factory - the world’s first place for you to buy, sell and make custom goods online, with or without design skills. More than 75,000 user- generated goods have been instantly priced online, made and delivered to the door from Ponoko’s digital factory network located in Wellington, San Francisco, Berlin, Milan and London. The Personal Factory is reinventing how goods are designed, made and delivered, and this has lead to a cover story on Inc. magazine and profiles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BBC News, Financial Times, The Globe & Mail, WIRED magazine, Make magazine, The International Design Magazine and more. (www.ponoko.com)

About CloudFab

CloudFab is a 3D printing platform that makes it easy for anyone to make custom parts on-demand using a wide variety of processes and materials. Users can upload files and receive instant quotes to find the best way to make their parts. Suppliers use their dashboard to easily manage all their incoming orders. They've worked with everyone from the US government, to university researchers, and down to individual hobbyists. CloudFab's goal is to make 3D printing as easy as pressing "print" and as a powerful as having your own factory. (www.cloudfab.com)

August 30, 2010

Custom make electronic products online with Ponoko


Ponoko has teamed up with SparkFun Electronics to help make it easy for people to build custom electronics products using their online personal factory. The innovation combines the digital making wizardry of the world’s easiest making system with a 1500+ strong product catalog from open source electronics supplier SparkFun.

The new service effectively extends Ponoko’s materials catalog to include electronic gadgetry as well as timbers, plastics, fabrics, metals and other sheet materials.

"It’s the first time we’ve offered non-sheet materials,” says Ponoko CEO David ten Have. "Adding hardware to the mix opens up new possibilities on several fronts. Creators can order all the parts they need with one click, rather than needing to go to multiple sources. They also have a single place to describe and store their product design and its components – in this case, the custom parts and the electronics hardware.”

The electronics catalog has been slotted into the existing Ponoko making process so there’s virtually no change from the current effortless making system. Creators upload their designs and select flat sheet materials. Then they have the option to add electronic hardware to their order at the same price as buying direct from SparkFun. They get an instant online price, check out, and all of their items are delivered to their door – custom parts from Ponoko and electronic parts from SparkFun.

The new service also makes it more practical for creators to sell their custom made electronic products.

"Anyone can sell their custom made goods on Ponoko, including electronic products,” says Mr ten Have. "They just take photos of their finished items and upload them to their free Ponoko showroom along with a description. Customers order online and we take care of the fulfillment process – delivering the custom parts and hardware direct to the customer for self assembly.”

More than 60,000 user generated goods have been made so far using the Ponoko system. Providing easy access to materials is as much a part of its popularity as easy access to making technology and the Ponoko team hopes to continue to expand its material catalog over the coming months.

For more information contact:

Derek Elley
Ponoko
+1 415 335 4471 or +64 21 88 66 81
derek.elley@ ponoko.com

AnnDrea Boe
SparkFun Electronics
+1 303 284 0979
anndrea@sparkfun.com

About Ponoko

Ponoko, the world’s easiest making system, is a custom product making service. It’s where creators can make their ideas real, and sell them to the world. With a free (or paid) online personal factory and showroom, creators can instantly price, make and sell their product ideas online. In the process of custom making and delivering more than 60,000 user-generated designs, Ponoko has reinvented how goods are designed, made and delivered leading to a cover story on Inc. magazine and profiles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BBC News, Financial Times, The Globe & Mail, WIRED magazine, Make magazine, The International Design Magazine and more. (ponoko.com)

About SparkFun Electronics

SparkFun is a young and quickly growing company dedicated to enabling the electronics enthusiast with gear and resources. SparkFun has been in the top ten for fastest growing companies in Boulder County for the last four years as ranked by the Boulder County Business Report. (sparkfun.com)

August 12, 2010

The future of products - now available in Italian


  • Vectorealism launches Italian-language version of world’s easiest making system.
  • Provides online access to local digital making services priced in Euros.

The new Vectorealism site is live - in Italian, English, and prices are in Euros. You can now have your designs made in Milan by accessing Vectorealism directly.

Powered by Ponoko’s online making system, Vectorealism provides fast, accessible, and user friendly laser cutting and engraving services. They have worked with a variety of fashion designers, interior designers, architects and artists in creating one-of-a-kind designs.

Vectorealism’s founder Eleonora Ricca is excited about the launch. “We have been offering services through the Ponoko site since May, but now people can come to our new, dual-language site and order through Vectorealism directly. Having the site in Italian and using Euros makes everything more efficient for us and our customers. We won’t stop here. We’re about to announce something new and a lot of new materials through our blog and Twitter, stay tuned!”

Ponoko is also really happy about the transition. “This new launch continues Ponoko’s evolution into becoming a platform for online making services,” says Ponoko CEO David ten Have. “And it continues our dedication to providing a global network of makers, crafters, and designers with access to local making facilities.”

To celebrate, Vectorealism is offering 50% off shipping & handling — to everyone, everywhere.

Italians can now ‘click to make’ at vectorealism.com.

For more information contact:

Derek Elley
Ponoko
+1 415 335 4471 or +64 21 88 66 81
derek.elley@ ponoko.com

Marco Bocola
Vectorealism
+39 393 203 9860
marco@vectorealism.com

About Ponoko

Ponoko, the world’s easiest making system, is a custom product making service. It’s where creators can make their ideas real, and sell them to the world. With a free (or paid) online personal factory and showroom, creators can instantly price, make and sell their product ideas online. In the process of custom making and delivering more than 60,000 user-generated designs, Ponoko has reinvented how goods are designed, made and delivered leading to a cover story on Inc. magazine and profiles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BBC News, Financial Times, The Globe & Mail, WIRED magazine, Make magazine, The International Design Magazine and more. (ponoko.com)

About Vectorealism

Vectorealism was founded by Eleonora Ricca and Marco Bocola. Their factory in the centre of Milan serves a network of young fashion designers, interior designers, architects and artists. The company’s mission is to provide a fast, accessible and user friendly laser cutting and engraving service to anyone and everyone who wishes to produce something. (vectorealism.com)

August 5, 2010

The future of products - London calling


  • RazorLAB launches dedicated UK website using the world’s easiest making system.
  • Provides online access to local digital making services priced in Sterling.

Making in the UK just got easier. The new RazorLAB site enables you to upload your designs directly to the London based custom product making service.

RazorLAB founder Soner Ozenc explains the benefits of the new site. “The most obvious advantage is that UK customers will now be able to make payments in GBP. Also, they will get local support and customer service along with a dedicated UK-based blog. Our aim is to be the first gateway for anything to do with laser cutting in the UK.”

RazorLAB is powered and supported by Ponoko's online making system. Those familiar with making through the Ponoko site will find the same user-friendly process at the partner sites.

Ponoko's CEO Dave ten Have talks about what this means to the big picture. "Ponoko is all about bringing together creators, digital fabricators, materials suppliers and customers to change the way products are made, sold and delivered. Each new partner in the Ponoko network not only brings us closer to that dream, but is proof that creative people all over the world want access to making real products."

With the addition of RazorLAB, Ponoko’s online making system now supports 5 local making hubs, including Ponoko owned hubs in New Zealand and California, Formulor in Germany and Vectorealism in Italy.

Brits can now ‘click to make’ at razorlab.co.uk.

For more information contact:

Derek Elley
Ponoko
+1 415 335 4471 or +64 21 88 66 81
derek.elley@ ponoko.com

Soner Ozenc
RazorLAB
+44 207 831 33 01
service@razorlab.co.uk

About Ponoko

Ponoko, the world’s easiest making system, is a custom product making service. It’s where creators can make their ideas real, and sell them to the world. With a free (or paid) online personal factory and showroom, creators can instantly price, make and sell their product ideas online. In the process of custom making and delivering more than 60,000 user-generated designs, Ponoko has reinvented how goods are designed, made and delivered leading to a cover story on Inc. magazine and profiles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BBC News, Financial Times, The Globe & Mail, WIRED magazine, Make magazine, The International Design Magazine and more. (ponoko.com)

About RazorLAB

RazorLAB, laser cutting and engraving service provider since 2006, is a spin-off from the creative minds of SOPDS – an award-winning product design studio based in London (sonerozenc.com). As a young/dynamic design team, they confidently deliver the service required by the creatives of today. So far, they have worked with high-end clients like Apple, O2, Hussein Chalayan, Giles Deacon, Selfridges as well as many other creative professionals ranging from large architectural firms through to up-and-coming design talents. RazorLAB is also well known for its iTattoo service where customers prize possessions (laptops, ipods, iphones, mobile phones, etc) can be personalised using laser engraving. With a convenient location in Central London, RazorLAB welcomes a crowd of amateurs as well as professionals. (razorlab.co.uk)

June 9, 2010

UK’s RazorLAB launches local making for Ponoko creators


London-based fabber RazorLAB set out to prove manufacturing has a future in the UK. The company’s latest innovation is to launch a laser cutting and engraving service using Ponoko – the world’s easiest making system.

“At a time where the UK manufacturing industry is at a decline, our ambition for RazorLAB was to make a difference and prove that manufacturing is still a viable option in this country,” says RazorLAB CEO Soner Ozenc. “Ponoko’s making system has just made things more convenient – providing an online platform that is fully automated and open 24/7.”

Ponoko’s 25,000 creators now have access to local UK making and shipping rates through their online Ponoko ‘personal factory’.

“We are very passionate about what we do and excited to be entering this new phase,” says Mr Ozenc. “We love laser, we laser love!”

Ponoko creators will notice a reduction in shipping times to the UK – and prices. Shipping costs will reduce significantly despite the fact that, until now, Ponoko has been subsidizing freight to the UK for products made at its own making hub in Wellington, New Zealand. The cost of shipping a 3mm thick, P1 sized plastic sheet, for example, will fall from US$41.04 to US$3.67.

Ponoko CEO David ten Have says subsidized shipping was ultimately unsustainable and against the Ponoko ethos which is about building an eco-friendly approach to manufacturing.

“Local making is central to the Ponoko distributed manufacturing concept,” he says. “Our aim is to cut carbon emissions by sourcing local materials and making products as close to the point of consumption as possible. This minimizes reliance on the traditional supply chain associated with the transportation and storage of goods.”

RazorLAB is the third digital making company to launch in Europe using Ponoko’s making system. Berlin-based Formulor launched its making hub in February this year and Milan-based Vectorealism followed in May. In addition, Ponoko owns and operates its own making hubs in New Zealand and the US.

Creators can access RazorLAB services via their free personal factory at Ponoko.com. They just select ‘RazorLAB – UK’ as their making hub.

For more information contact:

Derek Elley
Ponoko
+1 415 335 4471 or +64 21 88 66 81
derek.elley@ ponoko.com

Soner Ozenc
RazorLAB
+44 207 831 33 01
service@razorlab.co.uk

About Ponoko

Ponoko, the world’s easiest making system, is an online marketplace for people to make real things. It’s where creators, digital fabricators, materials suppliers and buyers meet to make almost anything. More than 50,000 user-generated designs have been instantly priced online, made and delivered since Ponoko was selected to launch at TechCrunch40 in 2007. Ponoko has reinvented how goods are designed, made and distributed leading to profiles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BBC News, Financial Times, The Globe & Mail, Inc. magazine, WIRED magazine, The International Design Magazine and more. (ponoko.com)

About RazorLAB

RazorLAB, laser cutting and engraving service provider since 2006, is a spin-off from the creative minds of SOPDS – an award-winning product design studio based in London (sonerozenc.com). As a young/dynamic design team, they confidently deliver the service required by the creatives of today. So far, they have worked with high-end clients like Apple, O2, Hussein Chalayan, Giles Deacon, Selfridges as well as many other creative professionals ranging from large architectural firms through to up-and-coming design talents. RazorLAB is also well known for its iTattoo service where customers prize possessions (laptops, ipods, iphones, mobile phones, etc) can be personalised using laser engraving. With a convenient location in Central London, RazorLAB welcomes a crowd of amateurs as well as professionals. (razorlab.co.uk)

June 8, 2010

The future of manufacturing – now available in German


  • Formulor launches German-language version of world’s easiest making system.
  • Provides online access to local digital making services priced in Euros.

Berlin-based fabber Formulor has launched a website people can use to design and make products. The dual German and English language site – powered by Ponoko’s online making system – makes it easy for German creators to have their designs made and delivered locally.

The Ponoko system, launched in 2007, makes it possible for anyone to make almost anything using digital making technology. For creators, it makes prototyping fast and affordable and opens the doors to ‘on demand’ micro-manufacturing – whether it’s a one-off creation or a sizable production run.

Formulor’s Stefan Canditt says the company has launched its own site to extend its use of the Ponoko system. “We started by offering our laser cutting service through Ponoko.com – in English and using USD,” he says. “It’s working well for us, but we always wanted to take it one step further with our own stand alone website – powered by Ponoko but using our language and our currency. It just makes it so much easier and convenient for our customers.”

Ponoko CEO David ten Have says the new site takes Ponoko’s distributed manufacturing concept another step further. “We’ve designed the Ponoko system so that fabbers anywhere can use it to offer their community an online making service,” he says. “It connects creators and fabbers to deliver downloadable designs for local making anywhere in the world. It’s the future of design, making and delivery.”

Germans can now ‘click to make’ at formulor.de.

For more information contact:

Derek Elley
Ponoko
+1 415 335 4471 or +64 21 88 66 81
derek.elley@ ponoko.com

Stefan Canditt
Formulor
+49 177 313 5492
stefan.canditt@formulor.de

About Ponoko

Ponoko, the world’s easiest making system, is an online marketplace for people to make real things. It’s where creators, digital fabricators, materials suppliers and buyers meet to make almost anything. More than 50,000 user-generated designs have been instantly priced online, made and delivered since Ponoko was selected to launch at TechCrunch40 in 2007. Ponoko has reinvented how goods are designed, made and distributed leading to profiles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BBC News, Financial Times, The Globe & Mail, Inc. magazine, WIRED magazine, The International Design Magazine and more. (ponoko.com)

About Formulor

Formulor is a partnership between a team with 12 years’ laser cutting experience and leading material supplier modulor.de. The Modulor name is well known in Germany – creative professionals have been using the site to source materials for more than 20 years. (formulor.de).

May 10, 2010

Vectorealism launch opens Italy to Ponoko creators


Milan-based fabber Vectorealism has launched a laser cutting and engraving service using Ponoko – the world’s easiest making system. This gives Italian creators access to local making and shipping rates through their online Ponoko ‘personal factory’.

The development also opens up the Italian market for creators around the world. Items can now be produced in Milan and shipped locally, reducing the cost – and environmental impact – of long-distance shipping to Italy.

Vectorealism is the second digital making company to launch in Europe using Ponoko’s making system. Berlin-based Formulor launched its making hub in February this year. These services are in addition to Ponoko owned and operated making hubs in San Francisco, California and Wellington, New Zealand, and the emergence of more than 150 fabbers using Ponoko’s system through 100kGarages.

Ponoko CEO David ten Have says the company is working with other digital making service providers to add more making hubs around the world.

“It’s about making it easier to get things made, no matter where you, or your customers, are in the world,” he says.

As well as providing online manufacturing services direct, he says, Ponoko is expanding its role. “Our online making system connects all the players in the making process. We’re connecting creators, fabricators, materials suppliers and buyers of products in a way that makes it easy and affordable for anyone to make almost anything.”

The benefit for fabricators like Vectorealism extends beyond accessing pre-paid making jobs from Ponoko’s 25,000 creators.

“Ponoko streamlines the making process to make it easy and affordable for creators and more profitable for boutique manufacturers,” says Vectorealism GM Marco Bocola. “For example, Ponoko’s automated online quoting system means creators get an instant price to make their product. Plus we don’t need to factor time spent providing manual quotes into our pricing structure so it keeps costs down.”

Creators can access Vectorealism services via their free personal factory at Ponoko.com. They just select ‘Vectorealism – Italy’ as their making hub.

For more information contact:

Derek Elley
Ponoko
+1 415 335 4471 or +64 21 88 66 81
derek.elley@ ponoko.com

Marco Bocola
Vectorealism
+39 393 203 9860
marco@vectorealism.com

About Ponoko

Ponoko, the world’s easiest making system, is an online marketplace for people to make real things. It’s where creators, digital fabricators, materials suppliers and buyers meet to make almost anything. More than 50,000 user-generated designs have been instantly priced online, made and delivered since Ponoko was selected to launch at TechCrunch40 in 2007. Ponoko has reinvented how goods are designed, made and distributed leading to profiles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BBC News, Financial Times, The Globe & Mail, Inc. magazine, WIRED magazine, The International Design Magazine and more. (ponoko.com)

About Vectorealism

Vectorealism was founded by Eleonora Ricca and Marco Bocola. Their factory in the centre of Milan serves a network of young fashion designers, interior designers, architects and artists. The company’s mission is to provide a fast, accessible and user friendly laser cutting and engraving service to anyone and everyone who wishes to produce something. (vectorealism.com)

March 31, 2010

Make a robot that makes things at Ponoko dot com


Design and make your own desktop 3D printer:

  • Download the free MakerBot case designs, customize and click to make.
  • Select a MakerBot robotics kit.
  • Make it yourself.

In a new twist on Ponoko’s popular personal factory concept, creators can now use the world’s easiest making system to design and make their own desktop factory.

MakerBot Industries – makers of open source 3D printers – has opened a showroom at Ponoko dot com enabling creators to design and make their own custom desktop 3D printers.

The MakerBot CupCake printer turns digital 3D designs into almost anything up to 4" x 4" x 6" in size from ABS plastic. And creators can now visit MakerBot’s Ponoko showroom, download the CupCake case design files (for free), customize them to suit a specific application or aesthetic, and click to make them from a wide selection of materials.

Visitors to MakerBot’s Ponoko showroom can also select the CupCake robotics kit needed to complete the assembly of their 3D printer. Kits include absolutely everything required to get started in the personal fabrication revolution, right down to the tweezers.

David ten Have, Ponoko’s CEO, says offering people the ability to design and make their own desktop 3D printers is the best way for Ponoko to approach the 3D printing market at this early stage.

“3D printing is very cool, and we want to make it available to our community at the lowest cost per print,” he says. “Together with MakerBot, people can design and make their own desktop 3D printers, and 3D print endlessly for just a few dollars. So we’re excited to see sexy new designs of the MakerBot printer sitting on people’s desktops, and lots more 3D printing projects.”

This development builds on Ponoko’s vision of distributed fabrication, where downloadable digital product designs (rather than the products themselves) are transported around the world to be made locally. In this case, on your desktop 3D printer.

MakerBot’s Bre Pettis says “it’s easy for folks to download the MakerBot case files, modify them if they want and get them made by Ponoko. Want to get your MakerBot made out of bamboo or get a custom body? Ponoko can handle it.” Being a staunch open source company, Bre also notes “if you make and distribute any changes, you are required to publish your changes so the community can see the innovations you’ve made.”

“Digital making technologies, like the MakerBot, are enabling a precise, more intricate form of DIY,” says David. “We call it the ‘Make it yourself’ (MIY) movement. Ponoko makes it easy for you to download customizable product design files, select materials including the robotics kits, and click to make your own custom desktop 3D printer.

For more information contact:

Derek Elley
Ponoko
+1 415 335 4471 or +64 21 88 66 81
derek.elley@ ponoko.com

Bre Pettis
MakerBot Industries
bre@makerbot.com

About Ponoko

Ponoko, the world’s easiest making system, is an online marketplace for everyone to make real things. It’s where creators, digital fabricators, materials suppliers and buyers meet to make almost anything. More than 40,000 user-generated designs have been instantly priced online, made and delivered since Ponoko was selected to launch at TechCrunch40 in 2007. Ponoko has reinvented how goods are designed, made and distributed leading to profiles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BBC News, Financial Times, The Globe & Mail, Inc. magazine, WIRED magazine, The International Design Magazine and more. (www.ponoko.com).

About MakerBot Industries

MakerBot Industries brings the future to your desktop. MakerBot is leading the personal manufacturing revolution with the Cupcake CNC – the most affordable 3D printer in the world. It’s your own little factory, and it can print almost anything you can imagine. The company was founded in 2009 on hardcore open source principles, and our machines are engineered to be hacked straight out of the box. MakerBot Operators share their digital designs on Thingiverse, a digital design community where anyone can share and download 3D designs, for free. MakerBot Industries was recently named as one of the top 20 startups in NYC, and has been featured in Wired, Make: Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, IEEE Spectrum, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, the Economist and others. (www.makerbot.com).

Links

To design and make your own custom 3D printer, start with the free downloadable designs here: http://www.ponoko.com/showroom/MakerBot/cupcake-cnc-chassis-designs-4246

February 2, 2010

World’s easiest making system now available in the EU


Ponoko has partnered with German-based fabber Formulor to open a making hub in Berlin. It means EU-based creators using the Ponoko online making system can now choose to have their products made in Berlin – paying just a fraction of the shipping costs which has made ordering products from Ponoko’s US and Pacific-based making hubs prohibitive.

The development also opens up the European market for creators around the world. Items can now be produced in the EU and shipped locally, reducing the cost – and environmental impact – of long-distance shipping to the EU.

Ponoko CEO David ten Have says the Berlin hub is a departure from the existing making hubs in San Francisco, California and Wellington, New Zealand which are owned and operated by Ponoko.

“It provides a glimpse into what we see as the future of Ponoko,” he says. “Over time we see our role expanding to be about connecting creators, digital fabricators, materials suppliers and buyers of goods rather than simply providing manufacturing services ourselves.”

“So just like eBay provides the marketplace for buyers and sellers to engage, Ponoko provides the world’s first marketplace for buyers and sellers of product designs – and now digital making services.”

The benefit of Ponoko’s online making system for fabricators like Formulor extends beyond accessing pre-paid making jobs from Ponoko’s 25,000 users.

“Our automated online quoting system puts an end to manual quoting on a job by job basis,” says Ponoko strategist Derek Elley. “It also means standardized design file formats and automated job status alerts resulting in a much more streamlined and profitable making and customer service process.”

Ponoko is working with other digital making service providers to add more making hubs around the world. “It’s about making it easier to get things made, no matter where you, or your customers, are in the world,” Mr ten Have says.

For more information contact:

Derek Elley
Ponoko
+1 415 335 4471 or +64 21 88 66 81
derek.elley@ ponoko.com

Stefan Canditt
Formulor
+49 177 313 5492
stefan.canditt@formulor.de

About Ponoko

Ponoko, the world’s easiest making system, is an online marketplace for everyone to make real things. It’s where creators, digital fabricators, materials suppliers and buyers meet to make almost anything. More than 40,000 user-generated designs have been instantly priced online, made and delivered since Ponoko was selected to launch at TechCrunch40 in 2007. Ponoko has reinvented how goods are designed, made and distributed leading to profiles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BBC News, Financial Times, The Globe & Mail, Inc. magazine, WIRED magazine, The International Design Magazine and more. (www.ponoko.com).

About Formulor

Formulor is a team with 12 years’ laser cutting experience, with support from leading material supplier Modulor. The Modulor name is well known in Germany – creative professionals have been using them to source materials for more than 20 years. (www.formulor.de).

September 14, 2009

Ponoko and ShopBot announce partnership


More than 20,000 online creators meet over 6,000 garage fabricators

San Francisco, CA – The launch today of www.100kGarages.com begins a new chapter in how things are made and distributed, enabling anyone with an Internet connection to get almost anything custom made and delivered from local state-of-the-art digital makers.

The website is a partnership between Ponoko, the world's easiest making system, and ShopBot, a world leader in the design of affordable, high-performance digital making tools.

Using the 100kGarages website anyone can get their ideas made locally with the click of a mouse, and delivered within just a few days. It is powered by Ponoko's online ‘click to make' system and ShopBot digital fabricators in 54 counties around the world.

For the innovators who President Obama called "the risk takers, the doers, and the makers of things", 100kGarages is an exciting new service for everyone who wants to get things made – by making it yourself or finding someone to make it for you.

People are creating a wide range of products like tables, chairs, cabinets, car parts, signage, boats, musical instruments, gaskets, sheds, housing and all of those impossible to find things made from wood, plastic, metal and composite materials.

"Ponoko's making system gives our ShopBot owners the ability to receive a new stream of work from a wide range of customers," says ShopBot's President Ted Hall. "Our partnership also means everyone now has easy access to their own local 3D fabricator. This is the first step to providing a solution for the doers and makers out there who want to join in re-building America, one garage at a time."

To date over 30,000 DIY, hard to find and consumer goods have been made using Ponoko. "Our online making system makes it easier than ever before to turn ideas into real things," says David ten Have, Ponoko's CEO. "And by partnering with ShopBot we bring together more than 20,000 creators and over 6,000 fabricators to use a powerful online service to design, make and deliver goods locally".

From today, anyone can visit www.100kGarages.com to get things custom made by searching a map for a local garage workshop, or submitting a request and choosing from bids placed by a range of ShopBot owners to make almost anything. It's free for everyone to search and submit requests, and for fabricators to post profiles and bids.

Ponoko
Derek Elley
Strategist
+1 415 335 4471 or +64 4 473 0031
derek.elley@ponoko.com

ShopBot Tools
Dave Minella
Communications
+1 919 680 4800
dave.m@shopbottools.com

About Ponoko

Ponoko, the world's easiest making system, is an online marketplace for everyone to make real things. It's where creators, digital fabricators, materials suppliers and buyers meet to make almost anything. More than 30,000 user-generated designs have been instantly priced online, made and delivered since Ponoko was selected to launch at TechCrunch40 in 2007. Ponoko has reinvented how goods are designed, made and distributed leading to profiles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BBC News, Financial Times, The Globe & Mail, WIRED Magazine, The International Design Magazine and more. (www.ponoko.com).

About ShopBot Tools

ShopBot Tools designs and manufactures low-cost, high-value CNC tools for digital fabrication of wood, plastic and aluminum products. With more than 6,000 ShopBots in thousands of shops in the US and 54 countries around the world, ShopBot is one of the largest producers of CNC routers in North America. (www.ShopBotTools.com).

September 24, 2008

Turn hand drawings into real life things with Ponoko's Photomake


San Francisco, CA - World leader in product individualization Ponoko has today launched another world first. It's a service called Photomake. You can use it to turn digital photos of hand drawings into real products simply by uploading them to the Ponoko website.

Ponoko has established itself as a place where you can shop online for one-of-a-kind goods direct from popular and upcoming designers, or design and make them yourself. The company is on a mission to make it super simple for anyone to make anything that is on their mind, at low cost.

Previously at Techcrunch40, Ponoko launched Designmake for designers to make things on demand – over 10,000 have signed up. Earlier this year, they also launched Ponoko ID for shoppers to request goods to be made just for them by these designers. Now with Photomake they're inviting creative people who don't know how to use design software to participate simply by sketching what they want on a piece of paper and uploading a photo of it to get it made.

Chief Strategy Officer, Derek Elley says Photomake is child's play. "It's great for crafters, makers and artists," he says. "One of the cool things about Photomake is the quality of the result – it's truly hand drawn. Because digital making is so very precise every tiny bump in the hand drawn creation is picked up and made for real. This gives a very natural and human feel to the things you make."

All you need to get started with Photomake is a felt tip pen and piece of paper. Just draw what you want to make, take a photograph of it, upload this digital photo to the Ponoko website (no login required), get an instant online price to turn your drawing into the real thing, then click to make. Your product will be delivered to your door in days.

CEO Dave ten Have says Photomake is made possible by some very clever file conversion technology that is more accurate than anything that has come before it. "It is designed so that what you draw is what is made, without any touching up required in a design software program," he says. "It is also 100% online, so you don't need to own a design software program to use it."

And for those who know how to use Microsoft Paint and popular photo editing software like Photoshop and GIMP, Photomake is the perfect tool to turn creations designed in these programs into real things too. This is because Photomake accepts common jpg, gif and png files.

Elley says that, as with Ponoko's original Designmake service, designers can use the new service to make cash as well as make things for themselves. "When you make something with Photomake, you can keep it for yourself, give it as a gift or sell it online from your own free Ponoko e-commerce storefront. You can also sell or give away for free your design file templates too."

So if you're worried about the cost of Christmas shopping this season, Photomake may be the easiest and most affordable way to give the most personal of gifts – hand drawn and made by you.


For more information contact:

Derek Elley
Chief Strategy Officer
USA +1 415 690 3364
NZ +64 21 88 66 81

 

Ponoko

Ponoko (www.ponoko.com) is the first online shop for individualized goods – things designed and made on demand for individual shoppers. Consumers can shop the marketplace for designer crafted goods or request a designer to make something especially for them. Designers can make and sell their product ideas using our web commerce and digital make-on-demand services. Ponoko is the new sustainable way to design, make and deliver products – we cut the waste from oversupply by making products on-demand and we’re also working to cut carbon emissions by sourcing local materials and making products as close to the point of consumption as possible.

Ponoko Marketplace – online shopping for green designer crafted goods

An online shop of the world’s most unique designer crafted goods from popular and up-coming designers, made on-demand for green shoppers.

Ponoko ID – custom shopping request service

An online shopping request service that matches buyers with designers. Shoppers post requests for custom-made individualized goods and designers bid to design and make the items.

Designmake – design, make and sell your product ideas

An online service for designers to turn their ideas into real things – and sell them to the world. Designers submit product designs using graphics software like Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw or Inkscape, then choose materials to get an instant online price to make and deliver their goods worldwide.

Photomake – turn photos of your designs into real life things

An online service for creative people to turn their ideas into real things – and sell them to the world. Crafters, makers and artists submit photos of hand drawings or designs using graphics software like Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Paint or GIMP, then choose materials to get an instant online price to make and deliver their goods worldwide.

Find out more at www.ponoko.com

September 3, 2008

Ponoko ID makes custom designed goods accessible - and affordable


San Francisco, CA - Now shoppers can have their goods designed and made just for them at the lowest price possible. Ponoko ID is the world's first shopping request and match making service for manufactured goods. It's the latest offering from Ponoko, the unique online marketplace that brings together consumers and designers of individualized goods.

Shoppers use the new service to post requests for custom-made individualized goods. Requests are sent to a selection of Ponoko's pool of more than 10,000 designers who then have the chance to put forward a bid to make the item.

Ponoko Chief Strategy Officer Derek Elley says Ponoko ID is a way for shoppers and designers to collaborate to create something unique and special. "What's exciting is that Ponoko ID makes getting something made just for you as easy as sending an email," he says. "Shoppers no longer have to accept 'one size fits all' mass produced goods but can now save a bunch of money to get their ideas turned into reality by expert designers worldwide."

Another development at Ponoko is the appointment of entrepreneur Fred Durham to its advisory board. Mr Durham is a founder and the CEO of Cafepress.com, the world's largest product personalization service with an average of 11 million unique monthly visits. "His vision and commercial experience in this space are unparalleled," says Ponoko CEO David ten Have. "It's a privilege to have him on board."

Mr Durham's experience and counsel will be invaluable as Ponoko works to make it simpler than ever for anyone to get almost anything they want. Ponoko ID offers an easy and affordable way for shoppers to request custom-made holiday gifts perfect for those hard to buy for people who seem to have everything. "Our shopping request service makes buying unique gifts for yourself or family and friends just a mouse click away,"says Mr ten Have. "Ponoko ID makes gift shopping extraordinary, not just ordinary."

"Consumers have grown accustomed to shopping at retail stores where mass produced items may fail to satisfy their needs," says Mr ten Have. "Ponoko ID is the world's first online service for getting unique products custom designed just for you, without the costs and hassles involved in finding a designer, manufacturer and materials."

Ponoko invites shoppers to try Ponoko ID today for the opportunity to get exactly what they want: It's a whole new way to shop online.


For more information contact:

Derek Elley
Chief Strategy Officer
USA +1 415 690 3364
NZ +64 21 88 66 81

 

Ponoko

Ponoko (www.ponoko.com) is the first online shop for individualized goods - things designed and made on demand for individual shoppers. Consumers can shop the marketplace for designer crafted goods or request a designer to make something especially for them. Designers can make and sell their product ideas using our web commerce and digital make-on-demand services. Ponoko is the new sustainable way to design, make and deliver products - we cut the waste from oversupply by making products on-demand and we're also working to cut carbon emissions by sourcing local materials and making products as close to the point of consumption as possible.

Fred Durham

Fred Durham is a founder and CEO of Cafepress (www.cafepress.com), the world's largest product personalization company. Cafepress.com has a community of over 6.5 million members, averaging 11 million unique visits each month and adding roughly 45,000 new, unique products each day. Before starting CafePress, Fred and business partner Maheesh Jain launched a series of companies - most failed. In 1999, taking the best elements from two of their failures, they launched CafePress. Since then, Fred has steered the growth of CafePress from two people in a dusty garage to being the recognized leader in user generated commerce with over 400 employees in two locations.

April 29, 2008

Ponoko gets greener with U.S. global head office


Launched at the prestigious TechCrunch40 conference in September 2007, Ponoko today announced the establishment of a new global head office and manufacturing facilities in San Francisco as the website gains traction among U.S. users.

The milestones mean that Ponoko will begin to realise the environmental benefits of distributed manufacturing for sustainable design, and come as the company's business model is endorsed by the appointment of web entrepreneur Graham Hill to its board of advisors. Mr Hill is the founder of treehugger.com, a leading international website dedicated to driving sustainability into the mainstream, with over 2.6 million visitors each month1.

"Being able to make products on-demand, close to where people live, reduces waste and cuts down on the carbon emissions associated with transporting products to consumers. Our facilities in San Francisco mean that we're starting to see this become a reality in the United States, and the appointment of Graham to our board of advisors is a huge endorsement of Ponoko's vision for a more sustainable approach to the way goods are created, made and delivered," says Ponoko co-founder and CEO David ten Have.

Ponoko is the world's largest marketplace for product plans. The website works by connecting designers with consumers to share, buy, sell and make these designs into individualized goods, on demand.

Since launching, Ponoko.com has attracted a wide range of product plans for items ranging from household items and accessories to jewellery and wearable art. Today Ponoko also launches a new website that showcases these designs, and enables consumers to purchase products and plans directly from designers and makers by credit card or PayPal.

"The new website features make it even easier for people to buy and sell truly unique products using Ponoko," says Ponoko co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Derek Elley, "and continues the growth of a new class of business people using the Internet to design, sell and make digital product plans into real goods, on demand."

"Consumers no longer have to accept what they find on the shelf—instead they can have something that's designed and made especially for them, something 'individualized' from scratch—and not just personalizing a t-shirt or coffee cup. For designers, the ability to easily share and have their creations made to order means that anyone can take their designs to the world, without the traditional costs of setup and inventory."

Mr. Elley says that it made sense for Ponoko to return to San Francisco to launch the next phase of its business.

"Over half of the U.S. visitors to Ponoko.com are from California, and San Francisco is well known for having a community of creative people who think outside the square: the type of person who immediately recognises the business appeal, and environmental benefits of Ponoko-made goods," he says.

Ponoko will now focus on expanding the range of materials it can offer people to make their personalised designs from and introducing different manufacturing technologies as it continues to grow its on-demand making network.

"The new website and our facilities in San Francisco mean that we have a strong base from which to build our capabilities as we seek to connect designers direct with consumers. This will enable designers to be increasingly creative, and provide more choice for people who want to turn an idea for an individualized product into a reality," said Mr. ten Have.

1 Figures for March 2008 from www.treehugger.com


For more information contact:

Derek Elley
Chief Strategy Officer
USA +1 415 690 3364
NZ +64 21 88 66 81

 

Ponoko

Ponoko (www.ponoko.com) is the world's largest marketplace for product plans. Creators and consumers use these plans to share, buy, sell and make individualized goods. Armed with nothing more than an idea, professional and hobbyist designers, crafters, makers, hackers and artists can turn their ideas into real products—and new revenue streams—using Ponoko's web commerce and digital make-on-demand services. Ponoko cuts the waste from oversupply by making products on-demand, and cuts carbon emissions by sourcing local materials and making products as close to the point of consumption as possible; introducing a new sustainable era in the way products are designed, made and delivered.

Graham Hill

Graham Hill is the founder of Treehugger.com, a leading source of news, solutions and product information dedicated to driving sustainability into the mainstream. Past businesses include forays into fashion, web-development, viral email and plant-based air filters. In 1995, with his cousin, he started and grew the web-developer, SiteWerks, to 60 people doing work for large companies such as Microsoft and sold it to a New York company in 1998. Additionally, he owns a product business that sells a New York souvenir he designed a few years ago into 150 stores including MOMA. Graham has a Bachelor of Architecture with distinction from Carleton University in Ottawa and did advanced studies in Industrial Design at E.C.I.A.D, Vancouver.

September 17, 2007

Ponoko launches among world's hottest technology start-ups.


New Zealand company Ponoko will establish itself as one of the world's hottest new technology businesses today when it launches as one of only 40 participants at the prestigious TechCrunch40 conference in San Francisco. Ponoko has been chosen from more than 700 start-up companies from 26 countries that applied to present at the event.

Ponoko is the world's first personal manufacturing platform. Using the www.ponoko.com website, people can invent and design new products, then have them made to order, or sell their designs to others.

"Ponoko enables anyone to turn an idea for a product into a reality, by connecting designers and consumers with an international network of digital manufacturing hardware that can be controlled direct from any PC. It also acts as a global marketplace for original ideas and new inventions, by allowing people to buy, sell and share designs," says Ponoko co-founder and CEO David ten Have.

The benefits of Ponoko include making it easier and cheaper for designers to bring their ideas to market. It also makes it easier and cheaper for consumers to buy products that aren't mass produced.

"Products can be made anywhere in the world. Because they can be made close to where a buyer lives, they don't have to be shipped over great distances or stored in bulk in warehouses. This keeps costs down and is kinder on the environment," says Mr ten Have.

Ponoko's presentation at TechCrunch40 will be discussed by an expert panel of technology investors, commentators and representatives from some of the world's largest technology companies. The event will be attended by leading technology media, and by over 900 people at locations around the globe.

"Being selected to present at TechCrunch40 will give us tremendous exposure to an influential community with a strong interest in new ideas and innovative business models. The conference is a fantastic opportunity for Ponoko to establish itself on the world stage," says Ponoko co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Derek Elley.

Mr. ten Have and Mr. Elley are no strangers to successful technology start ups. Mr ten Have co-founded and was CTO of web development firm, Provoke, helping to build a multi-million dollar company within five years. Mr Elley co-founded and was CEO of Internet marketing agency, First Rate, which is now New Zealand's only Google AdWords Qualified Company, tracking over $750 million in customer revenues and managing more than 1 million ad clicks monthly.

Ponoko currently has a digital manufacturing bureau in Wellington and plans to open bureaus in the United States over the next few months. Independent bureaus will also be invited to become accredited to the service.

"Ultimately, our aim is to establish a community of digital manufacturing hardware operators around the world. This will include established owners of digital manufacturing equipment, but has the potential to be hugely diverse, including offices, homes or schools. Today's presentation at TechCrunch40 will play an important role in helping to make people aware of Ponoko's huge potential," says Mr. Elley.

For more information contact:

Derek Elley
Chief Strategy Officer
USA +1 415 690 3364
NZ +64 21 88 66 81


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