Online Laser Cutting Trends

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q3 2018 - 1

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q3 2018 - 1

Online Laser Cutting Trend Report – Q3 2018

This quarterly report is for customers, suppliers and digital manufacturing industry trends analysts to learn more about online laser cutting.

It’s the only report of its kind, with real world data from Ponoko, an online laser cutting pioneer visited by 1,000,000 people per year.

This is our third report, so let’s see what’s changed:

Laser Technique

Most Used Laser Technique

Area engraving had its first lift in usage this year, with laser cutting softening a tiny amount:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q3 2018 - 2 Fabrication Chart

Materials

Most Used Categories

While paper beat out leather for fourth place, metal doubled in presence and foam made its first appearance:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q3 2018 - 3 Categories Chart

Most Used Kinds

Bamboo re-took second place, premium veneer MDF jumped two places into fifth for the first time, hardwood made its debut in eighth place, with corrugated cardboard pushed from fifth to tenth position:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q3 2018 - 4 Kinds Chart

Most Used Sheet Thicknesses

It appears 3mm is not going to lose its title any time soon, with 2mm jumping from sixth to fourth, and 6.7mm debuting at ninth slot:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q3 2018 - 5 Thickness Chart

Most Used Colors

Clear hit its highest #1 ranking yet, amber blows out birch for third spot, and maple says hello for the first time in tenth position:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q3 2018 - 6 Color Chart

Software

Most Used Design Software Tools

No change in positions, but AutoCAD usage jumped up by 57%:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q3 2018 - 7 File Types Chart

Quality

Percentage Delivered Good vs Bad

Pleasing to see quality improved just a little. And as always, all bad orders were re-made and re-shipped for free, with no pesky returns necessary:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q3 2018 - 8 Remake Chart

Speed

Most Used Making Speeds

You were more relaxed on time frames in Q3 than any previous quarter of the year to date:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q3 2018 - 9 Rush Chart

Percentage Delivered On-Time vs Late

One of the largest Q3 changes was a 119% jump in late orders. Of course, all paid late orders were refunded. And some public floggings were at least dreamed of:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q3 2018 - 10 Late Chart

Geography

Top Laser Countries

Australia pushed Canada out of third spot for the first time, Finland (debuting at eighth spot last quarter) moved up to fifth, Great Britain regained its sixth position, France and Norway pushed out Germany and Singapore, and Switzerland fought back against Sweden:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q3 2018 - 11 Countries Chart

Top Laser Cities

The third quarter has a third new title holder as the world’s digital making epicenter with Oakland CA pushing out San Francisco (and Vancouver BC before that and not in the top 10 at all this time). In other news, NYC has gone from tenth to eighth to sixth, while Reading was pushed out of the top 10:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q3 2018 - 12 City Chart

What’s Next?

This was our third report for the year. You can view the other two below. There were a few changes between quarters. Noticeably a jump in late orders and Vancouver BC not making the top 10 digital making centers although it was in first place during Q1. As before, please let us know what other information you’d like included in future editions.

 


Online Laser Cutting Trends Q2 2018 - 1

Online Laser Cutting Trend Report – Q2 2018

This quarterly report is for customers, suppliers and digital manufacturing industry trends analysts to learn more about online laser cutting.

It’s the only report of its kind, with real world data from Ponoko, an online laser cutting pioneer visited by 1,000,000 people per year.

Let’s kick into our first update to see what’s changed:

Laser Technique

Most Used Laser Technique

Laser cutting was even more prominent in Q2:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q2 2018 - 2 Fabrication Chart

Materials

Most Used Categories

Plastic and wood continued to lead the way, with rubber and metal subsiding a little:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q2 2018 - 3 Categories Chart

Most Used Kinds

Acrylic was even more popular this last quarter, Peel & Stick Veneer makes a top 10 appearance for the first time:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q2 2018 - 4 Kinds Chart

Most Used Sheet Thicknesses

3mm reigned supreme once more, with 0.5mm making its debut (hello Peel & Stick Veneer):

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q2 2018 - 5 Thickness Chart

Most Used Colors

No change at the top with clear and black, but grey tint pushes blonde into the tenth spot:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q2 2018 - 6 Color Chart

Software

Most Used Design Software Tools

No change but AutoCAD was a little more popular:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q2 2018 - 7 File Types Chart

Quality

Percentage Delivered Good vs Bad

No change. All bad orders were re-made and re-shipped for free, with no pesky returns necessary:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q2 2018 - 8 Remake Chart

Speed

Most Used Making Speeds

We were in a bit more of a hurry during Q2 than during Q1:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q2 2018 - 9 Rush Chart

Percentage Delivered On-Time vs Late

No change. All paid late orders were refunded:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q2 2018 - 10 Late Chart

Geography

Top Laser Countries

USA continued as the world’s digital making capital, while Switzerland pushed out Sweden:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q2 2018 - 11 Countries Chart

Top Laser Cities

San Francisco lept four places to take out the title of the world’s digital making epicenter, while San Ramon, CA pushed Chicago off the list:

Online Laser Cutting Trends Q2 2018 - 12 City Chart

What’s Next?

This was our first update on the inaugural report below. There were a few changes between quarters. Noticeably San Francisco pushing Vancouver BC aside as the center for digital making. As before, please let us know what other information you’d like included in future editions.

 


Online Laser Cutting Trend Report – Q1 2018

This quarterly report is for customers, suppliers and digital manufacturing industry trends analysts to learn more about online laser cutting.

It’s the only report of its kind, with real world data from Ponoko, an online laser cutting pioneer visited by 1,000,000 people per year.

Let’s kick into it:

Laser Technique

Most Used Laser Technique

It’s not generally known as laser cutting for no reason:

Materials

Most Used Categories

A variety of organic materials featured, led by plastic and wood:

Most Used Kinds

Acrylic was the hands down favorite:

Most Used Sheet Thicknesses

The humble 3mm material sheet was the versatile winner:

Most Used Colors

There was no escaping the safe colors of clear and black:

Software

Most Used Design Software Tools

Hello AI fans:

Quality

Percentage Delivered Good vs Bad

All bad orders were re-made and re-shipped for free, with no pesky returns necessary:

Speed

Most Used Making Speeds

About half of us were in a hurry, while the other half of us were chilled:

Percentage Delivered On-Time vs Late

All paid late orders were refunded:

Geography

Top Laser Countries

USA was the world’s digital making capital:

Top Laser Cities

Vancouver, BC was the world’s digital making epicenter:

(Hat tip to 3D Hubs).

What’s Next?

We’re just getting started. Please let us know what other information you’d like included in future editions.

 

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