Inside 3D Printing early bird prices end this week!

Get 15% off with code PK15

We’ve partnered again with the Inside 3D Printing Conference as it continues its world tour in Chicago this July 10-11. Event prices increase this Friday, so enter our promo-code, PK15, and register today.

With Stratasys and 3D Systems slated to exhibit at the event’s summer edition, the event provides an ideal opportunity to meet with some of the industry’s biggest players and watch 3D printers and services in action.

The event will tackle 3D printing’s impact on food, fashion, art, architecture, design, engineering, weapons, and more. Sessions include: The XYZs of 3D Scanning: Making Reality Digital, Policy Considerations for Additive Manufacturing, Robots Will Make Your Food, 3D Concrete Printing: Full Scale Additive Manufacturing in Architecture and Construction, and 3D Printed Firearms: Additive Manufacturing Meets Hobbyist Gunsmithing. View the full program here.

Keynote presentations will be given by Congressman Bill Foster of the 11th Congressional District of Illinois, Scott Crump, Founder and Chairman of the Board at Stratasys, and Avi Reichental, President & CEO of 3D Systems.

Additional speakers include Mike Vasquez, Additive Manufacturing Technology & Material Specialist, Julie Friedman Steele of The 3D Printer Experience, and Michael Guslick of

You’ll also hear from the designer and architect who created style icon Dita von Teese’s intricate 3D printed dress. Francis Bitonti and Michael Schmidt will discuss 3D printing’s impact on the fashion and art industries, as well as the creative opportunities which exist with innovative materials and techniques.

Save $250 off on-site prices and register before this Friday.

Meet Vectorealism at Barcelona Mini Maker Faire

Good news for all european Makers!

Next Saturday our Italian partner Vectorealism will meet the Spanish Maker community at Barcelona Mini Maker Faire.

A pack with lasercut stuff is already flying to Barcelona. To celebrate this special event Vectorealism will offer free shipping to Spain until the end of the July.

Anyone with a Ponoko account can make products at Vectorealism hub and ship to Spain for free using promo code CKB7IA.

Offer ends on Sunday, July 30th.

Inside 3D Printing conference coming to Chicago

Get 15% off conference passes

After a successful event in NYC this spring, Inside 3D Printing is coming to Chicago next month, July 10-11.

Keynote speakers include Illinois Congressman Bill Foster, Stratasys founder Scott Crump, and 3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental. Other speakers will discuss topics ranging from policy (3D printing and the future of Intellectual Property, the rapid manufacture of weapons) to mass adoption (desktop printers from start to finish, 3D printing adoption in retail and branding) to innovative new uses in food, fashion, architecture, and electronics.

There’s also a full day’s schedule of tutorials and an exhibition hall of the latest 3D printing products, projects, and services.

Register for the event and save 15% with code PK15!

Can 3D printing go green? Bay area conference to brainstorm on ethics & sustainability of 3D printing

May 2-4 in San Francisco

With 3D printing gaining traction as the democratization of manufacturing, now is the time to discuss the environmental impact and envision a sustainable future for this rapidly growing industry.

To anser the question ‘Can 3D printing go green?’ Swissnex, an organization that fosters connections between Switzerland and San Francisco, is coordinating a multi-day forum on 3D printing and biomaterials.

All are welcome to attend The Ethics and Sustainability of 3D Printing conference this Thursday in San Francisco. The four hour event includes speaker presentations, panel discussions, demos, and a reception. Advanced tickets are just $10, and free for students under 25.

There will also be a hands-on workshop on Saturday for creating your own biomaterials.

On Friday, experts ranging from business leaders and venture capitalists to government funded researchers and academic scholars will convene to discuss their insights, debate future scenarios, and develop a roadmap for achieving sustainability across the 3D printing industry.

Get tickets for the conference here.
Get tickets for the workshop here.

CODAME event explores 3D printing at intersection of Art and Technology

Wednesday May 1 in San Francisco

Art/tech nonprofit CODAME is “exploring the dimensions of 3D printing” — all 4 of them. What’s the fourth dimension of 3D printing? You’ll have to find out from CODAME featured artist and speaker Stefano Corazza.

CODAME 3D PRINTING will be at Adobe Systems in SOMA San Francisco on Wednesday, May 1 from 6-9pm. Tickets are donation only, but $10 is recommended.

There will be performance art, live music, 3D printing show & tell, plus talks on 3D printing as applied to Business, Gaming, Manufacturing, Biology, and Art. Check out the full featured speaker/artist profiles here, including Ponoko CMO Kristen Turner (yep, talkin’ about myself in 3rd person).

So come to CODAME 3D Printing! It’s a lot of bang for your donated buck. Donate bucks ie get tickets here.

Can’t make it to this event? CODAME has an extensive calendar of events lined up for their 2013 program — everything from data visualization and hacking to fundraising and a full-on festival.

Adobe Illustrator for Laser Cutting — design workshop in San Francisco

Monday, May 6 from 6-9pm at PARISOMA

Ponoko is teaching it’s first in-depth design workshop: Adobe Illustrator for Laser Cutting!

When: Monday, May 6th 6-9pm
Where: PARISOMA 169 11th St, San Francisco

We’ll guide you step-by-step to create your own laser cut design. No experience necessary! All you need is a design sketch, a laptop, and Illustrator (free trial available).

What you’ll learn:
• How to go from a sketch to creating a design in Adobe Illustrator
• How to format your design file specifically for laser cutting
• How and where to make your actual laser cut design

What you’ll get:
• 3 hours of instruction including 1.5 hours of individualized assistance
• FREE *laser cutting & shipping* from Ponoko (materials are little bit extra)

Register now:
• Space is limited to 20 people so everyone get’s the help they need.
Tickets are $50. Reserve your spot soon!

Join Ponoko at Inside 3D Printing next week in NYC!

Get 15% off conference passes

Join powerhouse 3D printing companies, professionals, industry leaders, and hobbyists to discuss the 3D printing revolution at Inside 3D Printing.

Inside 3D Printing is April 22-23 in New York City, and Ponoko fans will save 15% off gold conference passes with promo code: P15

You’ll hear keynote presentations by leaders in the field: Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems; Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO and Co-Founder of Shapeways; and Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President of Wohlers Associates, Inc.

Featured Session:
How Professional Investors Are Playing the 3D Printing Boom
A panel of venture capitalists, including professionals from T. Rowe Price Associates, Lux Capital, RRE Ventures, and Piper Jaffray, will explore where investors are placing their bets. You’ll learn what types of startups VCs are interested in funding and where to invest your own money in this emerging industry.

View the full program here.

You’ll be able to meet with professionals from 3D Systems, Autodesk, MakerBot, Mcor Technologies, Stratasys, Leonardo, NRI, sculpteo, ZoomRP, GoMeasure3D, Solidoodle, and Ponoko’s own director of manufacturing, Dan Emery.

Register here and save 15% with promo code P15.

Makertorium event in Wellington

Exhibition to showcase New Zealand maker culture

The first event celebrating maker culture in New Zealand will be held at the national museum Te Papa o Tongarewa on April 27th from 10am to 6pm.

There will be over 50 Exhibitors, installations and competitions across eight zones. Special guests and makerspaces will be showcasing their creations including a 3D printer petting zoo, flying machines, robot wars and much more.

If you’re in Wellington on the 27th, come and check out the event.

David is an industrial designer from New Zealand. He contributes a weekly article on personal fabrication for Ponoko. Follow him on Twitter!

Online digital fabrication course offered this summer from UNT, open to all

distance learning course from University of Northern Texas

Professor James Thurman of UNT will be teaching an online course on digital fabrication this summer that will guide students through the creation of laser-cut and 3D printed projects.

No prior experience with digital fabrication is required, but students should be comfortable with at least one vector design software (eg Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape) and one 3D design software (eg SketchUp).

The course is 13 weeks long, from Monday, May 13th to Thursday, August 8th. Enrollment is open to anyone but is limited to 40 people.

For more information and photos from projects from last year, check out the course Facebook page.

If you’re interested in registering for the course, email james[dot]thurman[at]unt[dot]edu

Register for Inside 3D Printing Conference in NYC

Where 3D Printing means business.

Inside 3D Printing is a business to business conference for the 3D printing industry. The event will take place April 22-23 in New York City and include two days of conference sessions, networking opportunities, and an exhibition hall of the latest 3D printing technologies.

Monday’s agenda includes four in-depth tutorial sessions from new design tools and desktop 3D printers to applications for aerospace, automotive, and medical use.

Tuesday’s conference sessions will cover how 3D printing is influencing a variety of fields and industries including engineering, design, medical, architecture, fashion, culinary, firearms, technology, and more.

Find out more and register here.

As a media partner for the event, Ponoko is offering 15% off conference passes to our newsletter subscribers. You can sign up for our newsletter at the top right hand side of the blog.