Online Laser Cutting Trends

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 & black:

Software

Most Used Design Software Tools

Hello AI fans:

Quality

Percentage Delivered Good vs Bad

All bad orders were re-made & 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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