Make Your Own Laser Cut Toy challenge winners announced

Amazing toys in this laser cut design competition!

An impressive number of creative and thoughtful toys were tough competition for the seven judges including Ponoko CEO Dave ten Have of Solidsmack’s ‘Make Your Laser Cut Toy’ Challenge. It is clear that people went to a lot of effort with their toy designs with quite a few generating photo-realistic renders or actually getting them laser cut. Many of the entries also included well resolved mechanical components to aid moving parts. But the grand prize went to Andrea Garuti who created Castle attack, an expandable medieval village. (more…)

2012 Holiday Gift Guide — from $5 to $1500

Ponoko-made presents!

Our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide features a range of jewelry, home decor, gadgets, and holiday goodies all made by our creative customers.

We’ve featured gifts to fit any budget, from $5 moustache earbud wraps to custom computers starting at $259. Whether you’re looking for something for a geek, biker, gamer, crafter, hostess, or girlie girl, we’ve got you covered.

Keep reading to see the 32 products featured or jump to our Holiday Gift Guide on Pinterest.


Design a holiday gift with ZW3D and win free 3D printing + cold hard cash!

Competition closes November 30!

CAD/CAM software ZW3D and design file library GrabCAD have launched a 3D design competition to create an original holiday gift.

Before I go on, let’s jump straight to the prizes ’cause they’re really good:

1st Prize: $700 money dollars + their design 3D printed for FREE by Ponoko + a SpacePilot Pro 3D mouse from 3Dconnexion

2nd Prize: $500 + free 3D print + SpaceMouse Pro 3D mouse

3rd Prize: $200 + free 3D print + SpaceNavigator 3D mouse

There’s also a prize of $100 + SpaceNavigator 3D mouse to three special categories including Most Creative, Most Pragmatic, and Most Popular.

And if that’s not enough to convince you to enter, every participant will receive a $10 Ponoko Making Voucher for use with our 3D printing, lasercutting, or CNC routing services.


design competition: Design a lasercut toy!

And enter to win a CAD bundle of joy.

CAD/FAB blog SolidSmack wants more lasercut toys in the world. So SolidSmack and a bunch of techie-maker sponsors (like us) are getting behind a lasercut toy design competition.

The one son of a gun grand prize winner, chosen by a league of sponsor reps, will get a Lenovo W530 Thinkpad laptop, a SpaceClaim Engineer software license, a subscription to Develop3D magazine, a CADJunkie pro membership, and a custom 3D animation of your design by WoodMarvels AND we, Ponoko, will make your design for FREE!

Five runners up will also get decent stuff including a GrabCAD tshirt, a premium CADjunkie membership, and a $50 Ponoko Making Voucher.

Here’s the basic rundown, but for full details visit SolidSmack.

Directive: Create the coolest laser cut toy ever imagined.
Design: Any medium, physical or virtual.
Submission: Include a universal CAD format like STEP or IGES
Deadline: Monday, November 12th, 2012 (11:59pm PDT)
Enter here: Make Your Lasercut Toy Contest

Need a some ideas and inspiration? Here are some great lasercut toys made by Ponoko customers.

3D Printing Event on October 23 part of Dutch Design Week

Additive manufacturing in Eindhoven!

For all those who get excited about digital manufacturing, October 2012 is a great time to be in The Netherlands during Dutch Design Week.

Setting out to showcase just what is behind the fierce growth rate in the 3D printing industry, a series of linked activities will unfold under the banner of the 3D Printing Event.

Featuring an impressive collection of participants ranging from industry heavyweights through to noteworthy newcomers, the event will explore four identified trends:

• The established industry is not only introducing new professional 3d printers with more and more functionality, but has started to bring low end 3D printers as well.

• The open source community works hard to create 3d printers which can be used in personal and professional environments.

• The biggest bottleneck is still the 3D software for making great designs easily.

• 3D Printing services are playing a very important role in creating new business and new business opportunities.

Not only does the seminar series boast over thirty speakers, the accompanying exhibition is host to a display of 3D printing in its current and future formats and there is also a 3D printing design competition in collaboration with Grabcad. Enter your design for a chance to win a Leapfrog Creatr 3D printer!

Head over to the event website to register your attendance, and follow the latest event related news on their 3D printing blog.

3D Printing Event

Ponoko is proud to be a Media Partner of this year’s 3D Printing Event.

GE Garages Making Things Competition

Win $20,000 and a high-profile commission in NYC

Here’s a great opportunity for the thinkers out there. As a part of the GE Garages initiative in collaboration with New York’s Chelsea-based retailer STORY, the call is out for entries to the Making Things Competition.

The goal is to conceive of a spatially stunning window installation that makes use of rapid prototyping technology.  This will then become a part of a new GE Garages pop-up store in New York City, where open workshops are to be held in an advanced lab for technologists, entrepreneurs and everyday makers.

It’s a quick-thinking event, with entries due by September 20 and the winner will be announced four short days after.

“The fabrication will start immediately thereafter and continue up until the installation deadline, October 4. Not only will the winner receive a highly-publicized commission, but will get $20,000 to make it happen.”


Finalists announced: 3D4D Challenge

Transformational ideas using 3D printing technologies for the developing world

Seven exceptional finalists in this landmark competition have been announced by London-based technology charity, techfortrade. These proposals have been recognised for their innovative use of 3D printing technology to help combat poverty and increase self-sufficiency in the developing world.

Entries were put through a rigorous judging process, with each of the finalists given $1000 and access to expert mentors ahead of their final pitch on the 19th of October. With $100,000 up for grabs to implement the winning concept, the announcement at this year’s 3D Printshow in London is much anticipated.

According to William Hoyle, CEO of techfortrade:

“The standard of entries for the 3D4D Challenge has been exceptional, especially as this is the first time we’ve done this. The judging process was tough and we are certain the finalists will help to inspire future innovation.”

Click through to see what the seven finalists have to offer.   (more…)

Laser-cut Nixie Tube Geiger Counter

An amazing result from the Ponoko + Ogi Lumen + Bildr competition

Late last year Ponoko and Ogi Lumen sponsored a design competition for the wonderful community. The prize was a set of nixie tubes and a Personal Factory voucher for laser-cutting.

Instructables user moustachenator won the prize and put it to good use, building this exquisite Gieger counter. He’s documented the build process with loving detail so you too can build your own retro-futuristic radiation detector just in time for the apocalypse.

WIN free tickets to the Design for Manufacturing Summit in Brooklyn

Tweet this post with #DFMS

Ponoko is proud to be sponsoring this year’s Design for Manufacturing Summit taking place on Thursday, September 20th in Brooklyn, New York.

The event aims to “connect the worlds of digital startups and industrial manufacturing, bridged by CAD/CAM software, lean manufacturing and new approaches to product design and development.”

That’s right up our alley!

There will be panels on maker spaces, lean manufacturing, rapid prototyping, and the changing role of the industrial designer. And Ponoko CEO David ten Have will be one of the keynote speakers of the evening. (You can peep the full schedule here.)

We would love to see our friends and fans there, so we’re giving away 6 pairs of free tickets to the Design for Manufacturing Summit.

To enter, all you have to do is tweet this post with hashtag #dfms. Be sure to use the hashtag, because that’s how we’re tracking the entries.

Also, we really want to give tickets away to people who can actually attend the event. So if you’re not going to be in NYC on September 20, please resist the temptation to try and win.

Entries close at 3pm eastern time on Thursday, September 13. Winners will be selected at random and contacted that day.

If you don’t want to gamble on your chance to attend DFMS, you can grab a ticket now at 50% off. Full price tickets are $120, so you’d be saving $60!

Laser cut call for entries

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #90

Hey, Sam here collecting the post from The Laser Cutter.

Above is the new laser cutting contest (closing Aug. 31) by FabCafe in Japan. article
FabCafe blog

Image from Loftworks.

And remember join TLC’s Facebook page so you can submit you work to be featured through there!

After the jump, another kickstarter, a sound box, a chickadee, and Birmingham… (more…)