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.

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!

 

Why We Love Laser Cut Matte Red, Blue & Purple Acrylics

New Materials in USA Catalog: 3 New Shades Of Matte Acrylic

Matte is the new smooth! With our new red, purple and light blue shades of matte acrylic, you can add a touch of luxury to your designs as well as a more diverse color palette.

Why We Love These Materials

These new colors are pretty sweet. No longer are you restricted to strong solid tones, now you have the option to use more subtle and refined colors in your designs.

What’s also great about these new acrylics is that they are matte on both sides, giving you an elegant textured finish that doesn’t show all those pesky fingerprints when handled.

Did we mention that they are translucent? This means you can rock them to diffuse light and play with a sense of depth in your designs.

With a 3mm thickness, these acrylics are perfect for lighting projects, jewelry, enclosures, signage, business cards, luggage tags, name badges or anything that needs a soft, matte finish.

Available Now – Matte Purple Acrylic

Need a color that’s better suited to your design sensibilities? …

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Check out our new Matte Purple Acrylic, it will have your designs looking like a gem. Here are some pretty nifty glasses that we remixed from the super cool designer ARTCAD on Thingiverse. Costumes and props have never looked so professional!

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Learn more about Matte Purple Acrylic and grab a Sample.

Available Now – Matte Red Acrylic

Matte red will have you spinning …

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Our new Matte Red Acrylic is one of those versatile colors that inspires playfulness and fun. We had a play with 123D Make and made a wee spinning top. Let’s be honest, any excuse to make a toy for work is a good one. What toys/puzzles would you like to make?

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Learn more about Matte Red Acrylic and buy a Sample.

Available Now – Matte Light Blue Acrylic

Blue like a sunny summer’s day …

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Our new Matte Light Blue Acrylic has such a subtle and pleasing color, we feel like cloud watching every time we look at it. Still on the 123D Make buzz, we whipped up the bowl pictured above. We think the translucent nature of the material complements the 3D form, to give it that extra point of interest.

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Learn more about Matte Light Blue Acrylic and purchase a Sample.

Now It’s Your Turn

What do you think would look great in these three new Matte Acrylics? We’d love to hear how these new colors and textures inspire you. Share by leaving a comment below.

Or get straight to making with these awesome new acrylics!

 

Why We Love Laser Cut Green Glass Acrylic

New Material In NZ Catalog: Green Glass Acrylic

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This popular material in the USA is now also available in NZ! Introducing laser cuttable ‘glass’ without the cost.

Why Green Glass Acrylic Is Amazing

Green glass acrylic 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.

The mini snowflakes above really take advantage of the icy, glass-like color you get with this material. But keep in mind that the smaller the design, the less green and more transparent it will look on the edges.

Green Glass Acrylic And A Samsung Camera

Because of the transparent nature of green glass acrylic, you can combine it with other materials to create one-of-a-kind displays like this one from Milos Paripovic.

This point-of-sale store display for a Samsung camera was laser cut and then mirror foil was fixed to the head so customers could simultaneously see the back side of the camera. The design is certainly an attention-getter, and what could be better camera holder than a hand!

Green Glass Acrylic On Etsy

How are Etsy sellers using green glass acrylic in their shops? Check out this mini greenhouse from 2of2.

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The little structure brings the outdoors in with an interior stand of tiny trees. The sleek geometric lines of this “glass-look” house are softened by the whimsy of the trees inside. A fun way to tap into the terrarium home décor trend.

Next, you won’t believe what OMGoshShop can do with green glass acrylic. Cut into the sensuous curve of the Kanagawa wave, this bracelet is based on the famous woodblock print by Hokusai.

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The waves, though they look ferocious, have been designed so that the tips won’t scratch or snag. The acrylic is etched, hand highlighted to emphasize the crashing waves, heated to 140+ degrees and then molded by hand. Unlike mass-made round bracelets, this cuff is oval and curves closely to the wrist making it comfortable for everyday wear.

Available Now – Green Glass Acrylic

This acrylic is clear with just a hint of green tint on the edges, giving you a subtle acrylic option versus the stronger colors available.

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Learn about Green Glass Acrylic details and get a Green Glass Acrylic Sample.

Now It’s Your Turn

You could clearly have tons of fun making with this new material. What ideas do you have? Tell us all about it by leaving a comment below. We have a $20 coupon for the best idea!

Final Deadline For Holiday Orders 2016

Make – With Added Speed – By December 12 For Guaranteed Delivery By Christmas

Did you miss our standard making deadline and still need stock for your ETSY store or gifts for your customers and team? Or did you go to the mall and realize you can’t get your mom another snowman sweater because she’ll disown you? Not to worry, you can receive your custom products before Christmas when you make by December 12 and upgrade to faster making and shipping speeds.

How To Guarantee Your Product Delivery Before The Holidays

Christmas is the busiest time of year for us, our suppliers & carriers, so things can take a little longer to make and ship than during the rest of the year. But no problem.

If you place your orders by 11:59 pm Monday December 12 with an Estimated Delivery Date by December 23, we guarantee they will reach you before Christmas Day.

And in the highly unlikely case that your merch doesn’t make it by the time “Silent Night” is sung, we’ll send you a credit equal to the sum of your order’s making, materials & making speed costs. It’s the least we can do.

How To Make Your Product Delivery Speed Faster Than A Cheetah

Just place your order as normal, then upgrade your making speed or shipping speed. And if you’re in a real rush, upgrade both speeds for the fastest possible delivery — made and delivered to you as fast as next day! This guide on how to upgrade your making speed will walk you through the process.

During checkout, just confirm the Estimated Delivery Date is by Friday, December 23. Easy peasy! And no lump of coal in your stocking!

What If I Miss This Final Deadline?

All orders placed after December 12 will be delivered on a best efforts basis. In past years, we have been able to get most orders done on time. (Santa’s elves would be proud!) We just can’t pinky swear guarantee it will get to you on time. As always, we’ll be sure to keep you updated. And if you have any questions about timeframes, contact us here.

What Are You Waiting For?!

Order before 11:59 pm PST December 12 and receive all your custom products for selling or personalized presents for gifting in time for your special celebrations.

And you’ll stay off the naughty list!

Ready, Set…Make! The Biggest Sale Of 2016 Starts Now

Hey Makers! Now is your chance to make something new, something a little crazy, or to stock up on your favorites. But you only have four days to do it.

You get 35% off the making cost of all laser cutting orders placed between 12:01am Black Friday November 25, 2016 and 11:59pm Cyber Monday November 28, 2016.

And if you’re making holiday items to sell in your Etsy shop or give your customers, coworkers, friends, or family, make sure to choose upgraded making and shipping speed so the items arrive to you in time.

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

Don’t miss our biggest sale of the year.

To make it happen, enter this coupon code during checkout —J5NTYT.

Happy Making!

Make Oh-So On-Trend Light Boxes

New Material: Opal Acrylic Is Re-Released In The NZ Catalog

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If you want to light up someone’s life, then you need to be making with the re-released Opal Acrylic. With its popularity in the USA, we’re now bringing it back to New Zealand for all the makers down under.

Why Opal Is A Great Choice

Since it’s the first single color 2mm acrylic in NZ, makers benefit from a lower base material cost. Additionally, the thinner thickness is faster to cut through, so it costs less to make the same design on 2mm than on 3mm. Double cost savings. Sweet!

Opal Acrylic is slightly translucent, making it perfect for projects where the objective is to diffuse light—such as electronics projects, signs and lamp shades. Or make a light box to really be on-trend.

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How Etsy Sellers Are Using Opal Acrylic

RoKDesignStudio has made this lamp from natural oiled oak, complemented by red twisted cloth vintage wire and opal acrylic for light diffusion. Use it on the floor, bookshelf, table or anywhere else where a mood light can be placed to create atmosphere.

What Else Can You Use It For?

Opal Acrylic isn’t limited to functional light sources. It can also be used artistically. Helen Reynolds, a Wellington-based artist, created a series of work exploring cloud shape and formation, including a sculptural installation she created with the help on Ponoko’s laser cutting service. See behind the scenes of how she did it in the article “Creating Cloudscape Sculptures From Laser Cut Layers.”

Acrylic – Opal

The acrylic tends to pick up light on the edges, which gives off a kind of subtle glow. And the color of light can easily be changed by using different colored light bulbs.

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Learn more about Opal Acrylic and get a Sample.

What bright ideas do you have for making with this re-released acrylic? Would it be functional…or more artistic? We’d love to hear all about it. Share by leaving a comment below!