Ponoko Is Hiring A Shipping And Materials Manager

Another 32-Hour Work Week Role

Ponoko provides an online laser cutting & engraving service to turn your designs into custom made products faster and at less cost than ever before.

Instant online quoting and no order minimums mean our customers can go from idea to finished product as fast as next day. We think that’s pretty amazing.

At our Oakland factory of the future, our Shipping & Materials Manager helps deliver that amazing experience to our customers.

ABOUT YOU

* You believe what we believe . . . That mass production is going digital.

* You value what we value.

* You have a deep desire to help makers create their own custom products. This will make it easy for you to smile, persevere and shine through the ups and downs our customers experience on their personal creative journeys, and the ups and downs we experience on ours.

You are:

* Passionate about quality, and it shows in your work.

* Hands on: not afraid to pick up a utility knife & tear into a fresh shipment of cardstock.

* An effective communicator who asks questions and gets clarification when needed.

* Comfortable with varying noise levels – whether it’s a 60w industrial laser or David Bowie.

* Experienced using apps, smartphones & web-based interfaces to get the job done.

* Familiar with, or interested in learning about all these materials.

* Happy with the consistency that comes with a routine, but comfortable identifying and acting on opportunities to improve your workflow.

* Someone who understands you get out of life what you put into it. And to change the world this means stepping forward and grabbing at responsibility.

ABOUT THE ROLE

You’ll be our part time Shipping & Materials Manager (32 hours per week). You’ll be the ultimate quality check before a customer’s product is shipped – the care & detail you put into this role will shape the first impression our customers have when unboxing their custom made products.

Your typical day includes the following:

* Managing the receipt of raw material deliveries and checking quality of all delivered stock.

* Cutting down sheets of raw material into laser-friendly sizes.

* Picking, labeling and sorting materials for upcoming orders.

* Identifying any low stocks of materials, packaging and supplies.

* Quality checking incoming orders from off site suppliers.

* Quality checking all outgoing orders.

* Securely packaging custom products for shipment.

* Shipping all orders.

* Communicating with shipping suppliers as needed.

* Identifying problems with and improving our workflows to delight customers.

* Attending 1 weekly delivery team discussion & 1 monthly full team discussion.

BENEFITS

* Market salary.

* Unlimited paid time off.

* Employee rates on laser cutting your own stuff.

* Feeling that your work day makes a difference in other people’s creative lives.

ABOUT US

Founded in 2007, we believe in a digital making future. A future where your products are made online and locally.

This belief drove the design of our online laser cutting service for makers. It’s made possible by our Personal Factory technology that connects your digital design tools to our digital making robots over the Internet.

Our service is the first to enable you to both make & sell your product designs online.

With an online catalog of 100+ materials, instant online quoting, no minimum order size, custom product delivery as fast as next day, an incredible 99% quality score with the other 1% re-made and re-shipped for free (no returns necessary), over 200,000 Personal Factory makers have produced more than 600,000 custom products online.

Recognised as a pioneering leader of the digital making industry, we have been featured in places like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, CNN Money, Inc. Magazine (cover), Forbes, Wired, Core77, TechCrunch, Makezine, MIT Technology Review, BBC News and The Economist.

We’re just at the beginning of a digital making future we’ve been working towards for 10 years, where our Personal Factory technology enables the seamless connection between your digital design software and our digital making robots over the Internet.

Your appointment will enable us to support our amazing customers as we continue to pioneer the digital making industry together.

TO APPLY

Please send an email to dan dot devorkin @ ponoko dot com to introduce yourself, send your resume, and to answer these 3 questions:

1. Why do you want this role?

2. Why are you the best person for this role?

3. What gaps exist between what our needs are and your experience?

We’re looking forward to meeting you.

PS – see our Production Manager role open here.

Ponoko Is Hiring A Production Manager

A 32-Hour Work Week Role, With The Ability To Go Full Time As Needed

Ponoko provides an online laser cutting & engraving service to turn your designs into custom made products faster and at less cost than ever before.

Instant online quoting and no order minimums mean our customers can go from idea to finished product as fast as next day. We think that’s pretty amazing.

At our Oakland factory of the future, our Production Manager delivers that amazing experience to our customers.

ABOUT YOU

* You believe what we believe . . . That mass production is going digital.

* You value what we value.

* You have a deep desire to help makers create their own custom products. This will make it easy for you to smile, persevere and shine through the ups and downs our customers experience on their personal creative journeys, and the ups and downs we experience on ours.

You are:

* Passionate about quality, and it shows in your work.

* Experienced working with laser cutters for at least one year in a production facility, nailing quality and speed.

* Experienced with vector design software, specifically Adobe Illustrator.

* Familiar with the properties of the materials in our catalog.

* Someone who works harmoniously with your team members to delight customers.

* Cool under extreme pressure, and you radiate this with your team members and suppliers.

* A happy soul. Who communicates well (including online with our global team).

* Proactive. Detailed. Process driven. *All three.*

* Someone who likes to lead, and enjoys working independently.

* Effective at multi ­tasking and prioritizing the daily rush of tasks that come in an evolving company.

* Someone who understands you get out of life what you put into it. And to change the world this means stepping forward and grabbing at responsibility.

ABOUT THE ROLE

You’ll be our part time Production Manager (32 hours per week, with the ability to go to 40-48 hours per week as needed). You’ll be the trusted maker of our customer’s product designs. You’ll enable us to deliver on time as our customer demand is growing.

Your typical day includes the following:

* Achieving 3 key goals – quality, speed & productivity of your making service. Measured and reported weekly.

* Managing our online customer order queue, and laser cutting our customer’s orders.

* Managing our materials stock so we do not run out. And communicating with our materials suppliers as needed.

* Working with our Shipping & Materials Manager to ensure materials are ready and customer orders are packaged and shipped on time.

* Lending your expertise to assist our customers improve their product designs, as needed.

* Liaising with our customer team to ensure on-time delivery of quality custom products.

* Working in concert with our production team to keep things humming.

* Delighting our customers with the unexpected, and putting a smile on their faces, particularly when all seemed lost.

* Regular maintaining & ad hoc fixing of laser cutters.

* Identifying problems with and improving our workflows to delight customers.

* Attending 1 weekly delivery team discussion & 1 monthly full team discussion.

BENEFITS

* Market salary.

* Unlimited paid time off.

* Employee rates on laser cutting your own stuff.

* Feeling that your work day makes a difference in other people’s creative lives.

* Freedom and independence to run your own shift.

ABOUT US

Founded in 2007, we believe in a digital making future. A future where your products are made online and locally.

This belief drove the design of our online laser cutting service for makers. It’s made possible by our Personal Factory technology that connects your digital design tools to our digital making robots over the Internet.

Our service is the first to enable you to both make & sell your product designs online.

With an online catalog of 100+ materials, instant online quoting, no minimum order size, custom product delivery as fast as next day, an incredible 99% quality score with the other 1% re-made and re-shipped for free (no returns necessary), over 200,000 Personal Factory makers have produced more than 600,000 custom products online.

Recognised as a pioneering leader of the digital making industry, we have been featured in places like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, CNN Money, Inc. Magazine (cover), Forbes, Wired, Core77, TechCrunch, Makezine, MIT Technology Review, BBC News and The Economist.

We’re just at the beginning of a digital making future we’ve been working towards for 10 years, where our Personal Factory technology enables the seamless connection between your digital design software and our digital making robots over the Internet.

Your appointment will enable us to support our amazing customers as we continue to pioneer the digital making industry together.

TO APPLY

Please send an email to dan dot devorkin @ ponoko dot com to introduce yourself, send your resume, and to answer these 3 questions:

1. Why do you want this role?

2. Why are you the best person for this role?

3. What gaps exist between what our needs are and your experience?

We’re looking forward to meeting you.

PS – see our Shipping & Materials Manager role open here.

3 Acrylics For Crisp & Clean Typography Designs

New Materials In USA Catalog: Two-Color Acrylic Sheets

Gold On Black Acrylic Wedding Invitation Styled

Serif. San serif. Kerning. Line space. Alignment. A lot goes into typography design. Fonts communicate masculinity vs. femininity, modern vs. retro, professional vs. casual, serious vs. whimsical.

Typography establishes a visual identity and expresses personality. So when your designs incorporate wordplay, you need the right laser cutting material to showcase this message: Two-Color Acrylics. And we have three new color combos to get the job done: Matte pink on white, brushed gold on black and matte orange on white.

Benefits Of Two-Color Acrylics

Because the top layer is engraved away, the bottom layer of the acrylic is revealed. This results is excellent readability because the precision of the laser cutting gives the illusion that the graphic and lettering work is printed. Thus, two-color acrylics are ideal for products that need text or graphics along with the unique shape achieved with laser cutting.

Compared to printed paper products that seem more disposable, two-color acrylic plastics offer more permanence and longevity. Cardstock is 0.3mm where these acrylic plastics are 1.5mm thick—a massive difference compared to paper—so use them as an upgrade to standard printing for a more robust product to make an impact.

Two-color acrylics are also manufactured with a UV-resistant additive. So while there will naturally be some fading with extended sun exposure, these acrylics hold up much better in UV light, making them quite durable for signage applications.

Finally, these materials are Microsurfaced Impact Modified Acrylics. This means they contain a small amount of polymer that is similar to styrene to give the acrylic extra strength and flexibility. As a result, two-color acrylics are slightly more flexible and melt a bit more during cutting than standard acrylics. This ability to be bent makes two-color acrylics particularly suitable for trophy plates.

Get Inspired: What You Can Make With Two-Color Acrylics

You may not have seen many laser cut products made from two-color acrylics. But not because these materials aren’t cool. They’ve just been primarily used in the trophy industry, so they’re less common in the maker world. Now you have an advantage to make something unique and, if you sell your designs, something different from your competitors.

To show you how amazing laser engraving contrasts on two-color acrylics, check out these examples we made for the three new colors:

Pink On White Acrylic – 1.5mm

Want to send a not-so-mushy valentine? Letting your crush know that “I like your face” is a lighthearted way to show affection without getting overly romantic.

Pink On White Acrylic Valentine Sign

Beyond Valentine’s Day, use matte pink on white acrylic to celebrate Mother’s Day or commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You can also use it for signage in businesses with predominantly female clientele such as spas, nail salons or clothing boutiques.

Learn more about Pink On White Acrylic and get a Pink On White Acrylic Sample.

Brushed Gold On Black Acrylic – 1.5mm

For special occasions where you want to make a statement, create invitations using brushed gold on black acrylic.

Gold On Black Acrylic Wedding Invitation

In addition to designing invites, you can use brushed gold on black acrylic for VIP tickets, signage, jewelry, holiday decorations and front panels for electronics enclosures. Plus it is a great alternative to using metal since it is less expensive and laser cuts quicker.

Learn more about Brushed Gold On Black Acrylic and get a Brushed Gold On Black Acrylic Sample.

Orange On White Acrylic – 1.5mm

Because of its high visibility, matte orange on white acrylic is ideal for making signs, especially for food products because citrus colors are associated with healthy foods and stimulating appetites.

Orange On White Acrylic Julice Sign

You can also use this orange on white acrylic for fall harvest designs and Halloween products. It’s also applicable to spirit promos where orange is part of a school’s or university’s color palette.

Learn more about Orange On White Acrylic and get an Orange On White Acrylic Sample.

Now Available: Two-Color Acrylics

With the addition of matte pink on white, brushed gold on black, and matte orange on white acrylics, there are now nine two-color acrylics in the USA Catalog.

Pink Gold Orange Acrylic Sheets And Engraving

When designing for these materials, make sure the small details for cutting are a bit bigger than they would normally be constructed on standard acrylics. Also keep in mind that the top layer is very thin so the underlying substrate is sometimes visible along the cut line as well. This is most noticeable in corners or angles of designs, so prepare files accordingly.

Join The Conversation: What Will You Laser Cut With Two-Color Acrylics?

Whether you have a whimsical or elegant message to convey, two-color acrylics will make your words come to life. How will you use these new materials? Give us a shout in the comment box and let us know what you can’t wait to make!

 

3 Reasons Why You’ll Love Laser Cut Cork Products

New Material In NZ Catalog: Cork Sheets

When you think of cork, a wine bottle stopper is probably the first product that comes to mind. For those with sustainable building interests, you may even think of cork flooring. But have you thought of using cork as a material in your laser cutting projects?

Three Reasons To Love Cork

If you haven’t considered cork as a material for laser cutting projects, you should. And there are three reasons why you’ll love it.

  1. Laser engraving cork results in excellent contrast so your design details pop. You can see this contrast in the coffee cup holder we made with an intricate line-engraved honeycomb pattern. Line engraving for cork is recommended over area engraving due to powder (soot) build up, so you’ll want to design with that in mind.
  1. Cork is a flexible material. The majority of materials in the New Zealand catalog are rigid. So having another flexible material gives you more flexibility (pun intended!) for the products you design.
  1. Cork is generally regarded as environmentally friendly. Cork production is considered sustainable because the tree is not cut down to obtain cork; only the bark is stripped to harvest the cork while the tree continues to live and grow. (Check out this Apartment Therapy article to see why cork is so incredibly green.)

Get Inspired: How Makers Are Using Cork

Cork is a natural choice for coasters because of its absorption properties. Etsy seller EngravedSensations created custom laser cut coasters to put a twist on the traditional wedding save-the-date announcement. Now the couple and their guests have a long-lasting—and useful—memento of the special day.

Laser Cut Cork Wedding Coasters

Cork coasters can be turned into party place settings when personalized with individuals’ names, like these beauties from Etsy seller YourOneFineDay. Whether you’re designing an organic, whimsical or urban chic event, the natural finish of cork works as the perfect accompaniment to any party table.

Laser Cut Personalized Cork Coasters

 

For world travelers (or those who want to be), this laser cut cork push pin world map from Etsy seller ArbolDeCorcho lets you easily visualize where you’ve been and where you want to go in a eye-catching piece of wall art.

Laser Cut Cork World Map Wall Art

While cork has an organic beauty that’s suitable for jewelry and home décor projects, it also has applications in the industrial sector. This cork gasket from Ebay seller crunchtech is commonly used in 3D printers and other CNC machinery to reduce not only thermal transfer between parts but also vibration and resonance so there is less noise when printing.

Laser Cut Cork Gaskets

You can even spruce up a turntable with laser cut cork slipmats like these from Etsy seller PickYourPoisons that were inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man or Japanese artist Hokusai’s The Great Wave Off Kanagawa.

Laser Cut Cork Turntable Slipmat

Graphic designer Adriana Cabeza chose laser cut cork to create stamps, which she then used with fabric paint to create one-of-a-kind totebags.

Laser Cut Cork Stamps

Now Available: Cork

Cork is lightweight, rot resistant, compressible and recoverable, expandable, fire resistant in its natural state, impermeable, soft and buoyant.

Laser Cut Cork Samples

Learn more about 3mm Cork and get a Cork Sample.

Join The Conversation: What Will You Create With Laser Cut Cork?

Cork has so much versatility. What ideas do you have for making with this new material? Tell us all about it by leaving a comment below!

 

Top Stories From 2016; Vote For What’s Coming In 2017

Time For You To Decide What We Write About This Year

Top Stories From 2016 & Vote For What’s Coming In 2017

In 2016, we published 110 blog posts. Everything from customized laser cutting for tech geeks to whether Shopify or Etsy is the best place to sell laser cut products. We launched a 12-part series on the Immutable Laws Of Event Marketing Swag. We even told the amazing story of a maker who wants to change the world one plant at a time. And of course we showcased new materials to expand your making capabilities.

The goal was to show the possibilities you have for making laser cut designs whether you sell your creations on Etsy or Kickstarter, use them as a brand or agency to market yourself or clients, or you make simply for the pure enjoyment of it.

Looking back at all of the stories for the year, we had some favorites. And you did too. Here are the six topics you loved to read the most.

So we can create more content you love, vote for what you’d like to read about in 2017. (We’ll publish results after voting closes at midnight on Monday February 13.)

Creative Inspiration: Design Ideas For Laser Cutting

Design Ideas For Laser Cutting

Creativity doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Sometimes you need inspiration from other makers to see all the things that can be designed and made using a laser cutter. In 2016, the majority of makers continually came back to this post about 10 Coolest Laser Cutter Stories.

For jewelry makers, it wasn’t a surprise to see the story 100 Laser Cut Jewelry Designers top their reading list.

For the tech-savvy makers who create electronic enclosures, what was their go-to resource in 2016? Making Enclosures For Electronics, naturally.

Brands and agencies wanted to know more about marketing to travel executives in this post and learned how to reinvent their promotional giveaways with The 12 Immutable Laws Of Event Marketing Swag.

Do you get inspired by articles that feature design ideas for laser cutting? If you want more stories like this in 2017, cast your vote here.

Technical Expertise: How To Design For Laser Cutting

How To Design For Laser Cutting

When creating laser cut products, the design is imperative for success. While there are a lot of laser cutting pros out there, the growth of the maker movement means there are more and more individuals making for the first time. One of the fave beginner resources last year was 6 Resources To Get You Started On A Laser Cut Cardboard Project.

For the more advanced maker, you turned to articles such as how to turn 2D designs into 3D products. Some of your must-reads in 2016:

How To Make Laser Cut Interlocking Acrylic Designs
How To Make Laser Cut 3D Forms Super Easy
How To Make Snug Joints In Acrylic

Whether you need advice for getting started or advanced tips for laser cutting pros, is this kind of content helpful? If you want to see more of these kinds of stories in 2017, rank this as your preference here.

Makers’ Foundation: New Materials For Laser Cutting

New Materials For Laser Cutting

Materials are the foundation for any project. Having a steady influx of new materials not only gives you more opportunities for creative making but also allows makers who sell their items to design something different from their competitors.

In 2016, we introduced 36 new materials: 28 in the USA and eight in New Zealand. While we love them all, there are a few that really stand out as our favorites.

Matte acrylic is wildly popular and makes anything from light fixtures to jewelry to electronics enclosures. With the introduction of matte red, blue and purple acrylic as well as matte turquoise, yellow and pink acrylic, there are even more possibilities for colorful making.

Ultrasuede is special for so many reasons. It’s soft and has amazing tactile appeal. It’s a synthetic microfiber fabric that’s made from recovered from pre-consumer waste, so it’s appealing to vegans and those with environmental and sustainability concerns. And once you see some of what can be made from black, bone and red ultrasuede, you’ll love it as much as we do.

Green glass acrylic is a hot material because it is smooth on both sides and transparent, making it perfect for projects where the objective is to have the look of glass without the high price and pesky breakage issue. It’s also appealing for it versatility. Make products from jewelry to terrariums and anything in between.

For 2017, we’ll continue hunting for new materials that not only make beautifully but are also priced right. And we’ll write about new introductions every month. If you have suggestions on what you want to read about materials, have your say here.

Smart Money: How To Reduce Your Laser Cutting Costs

How To Reduce Your Laser Cutting Costs

No matter whether you’re independently wealthy, costs are always a consideration. Being smart with your money is, well, smart! So how do makers ensure they are designing and configuring their products for maximum impact at minimum cost?

This year, you tapped into this nugget of knowledge: Top 10 Ways To Reduce Laser Cutting Costs. Additionally, the support doc Materials For Laser Cutting In Order Of Price got a lot of views.

Do you want more content developed around this subject? Have your say here and let us know any specific questions you have about cost control in question two.

Business Intelligence: How To Profit From Laser Cutting

How To Profit From Laser Cutting

Going directly to market has never been easier for makers. From opening a shop on Etsy or crowdfunding a project on Kickstarter, you can easily start a business selling custom designed products.

It’s always inspirational to see how other makers grow a business from scratch. So stories such as how this maker crushed his Kickstarter Goal by 2087% or how this maker found success in the $300 billion wedding market proved to be great educational pieces in 2016.

For those makers who sell the products they create, articles on how to price your products for wholesale and retail as well as how to keep minimal stock using on demand laser cutting were important throughout 2016. The two resources that makers who sell their products for profit tapped into the most:

10 Rules For Maker Businesses By Wired’s Chris Anderson
10 Simple Steps To Make & Sell Your Custom Products

Want more articles on how your Etsy store, Kickstarter, agency or brand can profit from laser cutting? If so, rank this as a priority here. And if you have specific business concerns that would make for great content, let us know those ideas in question two.

Digital Making: The Future of Manufacturing

The Future Of Manufacturing

When it comes to desktop laser cutting tools, readers flocked in 2016 to articles like these in our archives:

Pricing Guide To DIY CNC Mill And Router Kits
Make Prototypes For Laser Cutting At Home

This got us thinking. Does this mean you’re interested in topics such as how to design, make and sell from home? Are you also interested in downloadable designs for laser cutting? Or something else futuristic? If so, vote to have more content like this in 2017.

Cast Your Vote For Your Maker’s Reading List Of 2017

Vote For 2017 Content

Makers: Vote for what you want to read in 2017. Help us create the exact content that will help you succeed with all your making projects this year.

Results will be published after voting closes at midnight on Monday February 13.

Then we’ll have completed our content plan for 2017 – phew! 😉

After Christmas Sale: 30% Off 1 Day Only

Happy Boxing Day Makers! Since we’re still in the holiday spirit, do we have a deal for you: 30% off the making cost of laser cutting orders placed on Monday, December 26, 2016.

This special offer is good for one laser cutting order from your USA or NZ Free Personal Factory account only (not Prime accounts), and it cannot be used in conjunction with any other vouchers or promotions. The usual costs for materials, shipping, speed upgrades, samples and showroom orders apply as normal.

Don’t miss our final sale of the year. To make it happen, log in and enter this coupon code—89CT96—at checkout.

Happy Making!

Buy One Get One: The Ultimate Last-Minute Gift

Buy A Gift Voucher, Get A FREE Making Coupon—But Only Until 11:59 pm PST Sunday December 24, 2016

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So, you’ve waited until the last minute. It’s ok. We don’t judge. You can still have a Maker’s Christmas after all. With a little help from Voucher Claus.

Voucher Claus is kinda like Santa’s crazy uncle. Every family has one, right? And you can’t help but love them…especially when they give the most amazing presents: Ponoko Gift Vouchers.

But these Gift Vouchers come with a little something extra from the North Pole:

Buy a Gift Voucher by 11:59 pm PST Saturday December 24 –> Get a FREE Making Coupon!

  • Buy $1,000+ of Gift Vouchers – get a FREE $500 Making Coupon
  • Buy $500 – $999 of Gift Vouchers – get a FREE $225 Making Coupon
  • Buy $250 – $499 of Gift Vouchers – get a FREE $110 Making Coupon
  • Buy $100 – $249 of Gift Vouchers – get a FREE $40 Making Coupon
  • Buy $50 – $99 of Gift Vouchers – get a FREE $20 Making Coupon
  • Buy $25 – $49 of Gift Vouchers – get a FREE $10 Making Coupon

Voucher Vs. Coupon: What’s The Difference?

A “Gift Voucher” is good for any part of a make-it-yourself laser cutting order: The making, the materials and the shipping costs. And they NEVER expire.

A “Making Coupon” is good for the making costs only (read: the actual laser cutting). And they expire within three months.

The Finer Details

Both the Gift Vouchers and Making Coupons are valid for Ponoko USA & NZ Free & Prime account orders. They are NOT valid for 3D printing, PCM, making speed upgrades, Prime subscriptions, Samples or Showroom orders. You can use one Gift Voucher or Making Coupon redemption code per order. There’s no change given if the service cost is less than your voucher value. And they are not redeemable for cash.

Please see our Gift Voucher Guidelines and our Making Coupon Guidelines for all the important fine print.

How Can I Hack Ponoko’s Free Offer?

We makers are a creative bunch. Voucher Claus appreciates ingenuity, so this holiday season he is feeling super generous and has some tips for how to make the most of this special BOGO offer.

You might want to purchase Gift Vouchers in separate orders, rather than bundling them all into a single order. Check this out:

Voucher Hack Idea 1

If you buy $2,000 of Gift Vouchers in a single order, you receive a free $500 Making Coupon. But split that $2,000 Gift Voucher purchase into multiple orders—such as one Gift Voucher order for $1,000 plus another for $1,000—and you get free Making Coupons for $500 AND $500.

Yep, that’s a total of $1,000 for free, not just $500. Now that will make holidays happy!

Voucher Hack Idea 2

If you buy $75 of Gift Vouchers in a single order, you receive a free $20 Making Coupon. Split this into multiple orders again—such as Gift Voucher for $50 and another for $25—and you get free Making Coupons for $20 AND $10.

Score! That’s a total of $30 for free, not just $20.

Voucher Hack Idea 3

And if you’ve made a list, checked it twice, and have a lot of peeps on your nice list, you can buy $25,000 of Gift Vouchers in multiple orders—and you get the picture—you’ll get $12,500 of Making Vouchers. Yeah! Making for everyone!

Holidays Are Merrier With Making

If you know anyone who loves to make stuff, then you know someone who would love a Ponoko Gift Voucher. But it’s not all about them. Perhaps the best part of giving this gift is that you get a little something for yourself.

So what are you waiting for? Do that jolly ole fat man a solid. You have until 11:59 pm PST December 24 to do your last minute shopping here before Santa squeezes down your chimney.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Make! Make! Make!

 

Measuring Success: Maker Crushes Kickstarter Goal By 2,087%

The Secret Behind The Elegant Instrument That Measures The Golden Ratio

Sir Edward Victor Appleton, 1947 Nobel Laureate in physics, said: “The golden ratio is the key to universal physics.” And for Scott Onstott, founder of SIPS Productions Inc., the golden ratio is the key to a Kickstarter campaign success story that had this maker crushing his initial goal to raise $1,618 by 2087%.

The Golden Ratio Is Everywhere (Even If You Don’t Know It)

From great works of art down to the credit card in your wallet, the golden ratio is everywhere. In mathematical terms, the ratio is 1:1.618. While these numbers may not hold much meaning to the casual observer, they have been studied by scholars for centuries.

“Some of the greatest mathematical minds of all ages, from Pythagoras and Euclid in ancient Greece, through the medieval Italian mathematician Leonardo of Pisa and the Renaissance astronomer Johannes Kepler, to present-day scientific figures such as Oxford physicist Roger Penrose, have spent endless hours over this simple ratio and its properties,” says Israeli astrophysicist Mario Livio. “But the fascination with the Golden Ratio is not confined just to mathematicians. Biologists, artists, musicians, historians, architects, psychologists and even mystics have pondered and debated the basis of its ubiquity and appeal. In fact, it is probably fair to say that the Golden Ratio has inspired thinkers of all disciplines like no other number in the history of mathematics.”

Kickstarting The Gold