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

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Laser cut lanterns, signs, skulls, and a map!

Above is a laser cut paperstreet lamp. This work, cleverly transforming flat media like Ponoko’s cardstock into 3 dimensions, is fromPaper Faber and looks just as good flat as it does “poped” up. See another look at this street lamp at the end of this post!

After the jump signs, skulls, and a map…

Above is a laser cut steelsign for BSCM & LaurelHouse being installed. The key to this design is inLaurel House Studio not limiting their type selection to readily available stencil fonts, but modifying conventional fonts to function as stencils. This sign could be not only made out of laser cut stainless steel, but laser cut silver acrylic (to save some $$$).

Above is an neon green acrylic zombie skull charm. This charm is fromEmi.ko. Supplies and they employ not only laser cutter but laser etching to create dimension on the flat surface of the acrylic.

Above is a laser cut collagemap of London shadowboxfromLocal Outlines. The striking graphics are created by layering laser cut paper in expected (blue for the Thames) and unexpected colors (red for the city and white for the roads) – imagine it made out of acrylic!

Another look at the street lamp, folded flat.

I?m Sam Tanis and this was the Laser Cutter Roundup #228 from my blogThe Laser Cutter where I post laser cutting (almost) daily.