Ponoko

Laser cut metal

Stainless steel are great for creating durable and attractive products. Our laser cutting technology allows you to achieve a level of precision and build quality at unbeatable value. Build stunning art pieces, unique decorations, house appliances, and virtually anything you dream up!

Showroom

Showroom
Laser Cut Cable Car
by San Gatiche
Silver Laser Cut Aluminum Seder Bowl
by Yair Emanuel
Birdie TV Necklace
by Erica Schwartz

Materials

Metal
Stainless Steel

0.036 inches

Metal - Aluminum

What is it

6061 grade Aluminum.

This is a medium strength alloy possessing good ductility and therefore good formability. Aluminium alloy 6061 is known for work hardening rapidly and is readily weldable. It also possesses high corrosion resistance particularly in marine environments.

Photochemical Machining

Photochemical Machining is great for intricate designs like jewelry and name badges. The materials available are stainless steel, brass and copper. You can etch into one side of your design. The formatting requirements are slightly different for PCM so see here for the guide - Everything you need to know for Photochemical Machining (PCM).

Design notes

The fabrication process for metal is different from all our other materials - as such there are a few important points to note:

  • We won't be able to apply Prime discount pricing to metal orders.
  • Getting your metal pieces cut may take longer than standard orders. If you want to make designs on other materials as well, we would recommend placing the metal order separately.
  • Please read Everything you need to know for Photochemical Machining (PCM) before starting your project as there are some specific design requirements for this material.

Environmental info

Recyclable.

Adhesives, joints & fastenings

Aluminum is best connected with mechanical fastenings or welding.

A two part epoxy may be used to stick metal to other materials. For more info about gluing metal see this site.

Metal - Stainless Steel

What is it

304 grade Stainless Steel.

This is the most versatile and most widely used stainless steel, available in a wider range of products, forms and finishes than any other. It has excellent forming and welding characteristics.

Photochemical Machining

Photochemical Machining is great for intricate designs like jewelry and name badges. The materials available are stainless steel, brass and copper. You can etch into one side of your design. The formatting requirements are slightly different for PCM so see here for the guide - Everything you need to know for Photochemical Machining.

Design notes

The fabrication process for metal is different from all our other materials - as such there are a few important points to note:

  • We won't be able to apply Prime discount pricing to metal orders.
  • Getting your metal pieces cut may take longer than standard orders. If you want to make designs on other materials as well, we would recommend placing the metal order separately.
  • Please read Everything you need to know for Photochemical Machining before starting your project as there are some specific design requirements for this material.

Environmental info

Recyclable.

Adhesives, joints & fastenings

Stainless steel best connected with mechanical fastenings, soldering, brazing or welding.

A two part epoxy may be used to stick metal to other materials. For more info about gluing metal see this site.

Getting started

Latest article about laser cutting

Vector and Raster engraving examples

Free design shows exactly what will happen in your material of choice

The mysteries of how to get the right settings for vector and raster engraving is something that can take time and practise to fully unravel. Thanks to this free file from James Stokebrand, you can create a mini laser etching cheat sheet in your favorite Ponoko material.

The file is set to work perfectly with Ponoko’s P1 template size, and it includes a range of raster fill values, vector line fill values and even some handy tips for designs that use vector linework.

Pictured above is the file etched onto blonde bamboo, and James has also provided high-res sample images in black acrylic and cardstock. Although there is nothing that can truly replace holding a physical sample in your hand, zooming in on these images is pretty close to the next best thing.

Take a look on the Ponoko Support Forums to see for yourself. The file can be downloaded from the Ponoko Showroom, and if it all looks too confusing for you (don’t worry, we all start somewhere!) there is a simpler version of what James has provided all cut and ready to go on the Ponoko Samples page.

via Ponoko Support Forums