Win a Free Copy of the Repper Repeat Pattern App

Our March blog contest ends 16 March 2011!

Update: Check out the Repper repeat pattern app winners right here!

This month we’re giving away 5 free licenses of the delightful Repper tool, a simple application that lets you create repeating patterns.

With Repper, you can start with any source image, zoom in or out, change the tiling, edit colors on the fly, and export your repeating unit or the entire surface as a raster file. It does not export files in vector format (yet), but you can convert them using a vector editing application like Illustrator.

People have applied their Repper generated patterns to web and graphic designs as well as product design and interiors — and yes, a laser etched banana.

How would you apply a Repper pattern to a Ponoko project?
The top 5 answers will win a free Repper license courtesy of Dutch developers Studio:Ludens.

How to Enter:
Leave a comment below telling us about how you would use a Repper pattern with a project you could make using Ponoko.

Only comments describing projects that could be made with Ponoko’s digital making methods (3D printing & laser cutting) will qualify to win.

5 winners will each receive 1 free license to Repper, a $39 value.

Contest closes 16 March at 10p.m. PST.
People from the Ponoko and Studio:Ludens team will choose 5 winners total.
Winners will be notified on 17 March 2011 and announced in an update to this contest announcement.

For more information & inspiration:


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Can it be used to make tessellations? If yes, I would make a perfect no-waste cookie cutter! Repper + Ponoko = happy kitchen gadget!!

For me, Repper + Ponoko = miniature scale patterns etched/cut on to wood, fabric, acrylic, etc. Some examples include etching on to/cutting through (thin) materials to make textured patterned accent wall, etching on to miniature furniture, etching on wood to make patterned “mosaic” floors. In all, it’d just make my miniatures much more unique. The possibilities of applying these two tools to making 1:12 scale miniatures are pretty limitless.

I’d be interested in using the Repper Repeat Pattern App to create the appearance of different materials/textures on models that I 3D Print and Lasercut. It would be interesting to explore using repeating patterns in the line of electronic devices I’m currently working on for kids.

3D printed shadow lamps, jewelry, household knickknacks!

Currently I create tessellations the hard way (trial and error), then morph them into 3D…Repper would allow me to iterate designs MUCH faster. Combined with speedy 3D printing by Ponoko, I will be able to produce visually stunning parts at a rapid pace.

You may click my name ^above^ to see a render of my latest custom tea candle platter to be 3D printed.

I’m a little obsessed with wallpaper at the moment, and i like the idea of developing a pattern and making blocks that i could hang, or maybe even make a detailed block and use it as a stencil

Hello, sorry for my bad English, I’m Belgian and don’t speak English very well. I’m an indie game designer who was looking for a software that can produce
some patterns for my projects (board games). I tested this software and I found it perfect for that (the result is just awesome). If I have the chance to get a license, I will provide a new game in the coming days to quickly send a prototype to Ponoko. It will be a very exciting projet !!

I would use Repper to turn my plain, utilitarian laser-cut designs into high-fashion objets d’art by etching repeating patterns of my own logo on the surfaces à la Gucci, Louis Vitton, etc.

Also, I love geometric patterns in general, so it would be a lot of fun to experiment with the software.

Repper would be perfect for making patterns and cutting them out in different materials and then recombining them. Like different coloured acrylics and also the wood grains and steels.
I think this tool is great fun and so useful for so many kinds of patterns. Fitting the disparate materials together would be an interesting challenge as the laser cuts away different amounts for each kind of material. I’d love to see stainless steel, acrylics and wood integrated into a design made in Repper.
The large scale patterns of Repper intrigue me so at a large scale I would make a wall mural, at smaller scales I would make coasters and pendents.

Repper would be ideal for creating patterns that could be impressed into some of my pottery projects.

How would I use Repper? Oh, my, let me count the ways…I’m wanting to do some wood-lace lamps and table-top screens (to display photos) with my own designs but getting the repeats to work properly is killing me! Cutting stencils for fabric, wood, or leather embellishment. Ooooh! Lacy leather to layer on book covers, costuming, and jewelry. Openwork Felt for trivets, coasters, and hot pads.

large linear ‘grass patterns’.. for cool baseboards!
this could also be ‘waves’ or even aztec influenced pattern.
ugly baseboards be banned!

I’d use it to create a unique, laser-etched cover for the men’s periodical I am creating and will unleash in July.

I would use Repper to make an awesome lacy pattern to etch in Plexiglass via Ponoko to make incredible translucent windowpanes for projects- I’m thinking playhouses, votive holders, pendants, and lamps. Ponoko and Repper together are so awesome!

I would use it to design laser cut pieces from a sheet of acrylic. Each piece of the tesselated pattern would have a purpose (pendant, earrings, coaster, clock piece, etc.). Even the negative space that makes up the usually discarded background will be a pattern that gets used for a project. Zero waste!

Roger Williams

I am interested in creating grey-code patterns that could help simple, camera-equipped, stationary devices track movements of objects in a room.
The next step would be to print color patterns that more sophisticated cameras could detect and therefore track.
GPS and RFID are great. But, I like something that reduces the amount of radiation in a room. Where there could be fully patterned objects, or maybe just a 360 degree strip on every object in a room (even pets with collar and children with special clothes) can be continuously mapped.

i would make plaques for my wall with repeating patterns engraved on the surface. Would look so great as a kitchen backsplash!

Three words: Tesselated felt lingerie.

I have this swatch of vintage kimono fabric that looks like water. But the swatch isn’t big enough to find the repeat. Id love to use a program to help build it up and make it into a repeating image. I’ve been wanting to engrave this pattern on plastic and wood, but have never been able to build the pattern correctly.


I work on a line of jewelry that benefits several charities. Iwould use this to create repeating patterns that I would turn into jewelry and also create the designs that would go on the jewelry

Richard, Londonderry NH

I would simply be a great addition to my software – with so much more versatility – it would enable me to do so much more with my 3D imaages.

Hi! I would use the software to create repeating graphic patterns, cut into the new Ponoko card stock, that I would use as a fabric stencil. The software and ponoko would give me much finer control over line than I can currently manage in stencils I cut. And stenciling the dye onto the fabric provides a soft, slightly irregular patterning–neat. What fun!

please people- spell check! It’s “Tessellated” !!!

Laurie Carroll

Hi…It would be interesting to use it in 3d printing to create new structures with an organic look if possible. That would be how I would explore its potential…Thanks…Laurie Carroll

Since my jewelry shapes are primarily geometric or machine-like, Repper would be perfect for getting the most efficient layout possible per sheet. My pieces that I currently have ready to go are a nut with decorative engraving (hexagonal, and will therefore tessellate) and a gear, which is much more difficult to optimize. Repper would be exactly what I need to make it happen.

Eric Broug

I would want to make an acrylic wall lamp cover, based on a traditional tenfold Islamic geometric star design in a lozenge shape. The are four identical triangular shapes with half a star design in each that, when assembled all touch each other and become three dimensional. I’ve made a prototype in paper and cardboard and would like to see if i can make it more professionally.

Repper would be great to use for hand drawn images for the graphics used on my laser cut jewelry made through ponoko. But since it’s so easy to use, I would probably start to repeat pattern and laser cut everything in my life 🙂

This contest is a great coincidence for me- I’ve always been a huge fan of making repeating patterns, and have participated in sites like and Currently I make patterns painstakingly in photoshop, but Repper would help me to more easily focus on the interesting aspects of design rather than the technical aspects of making a repeating pattern.

One of the projects that has been at the tip of my mind is blending architectural forms (buildings, furniture, etc) with repeating patterns. I’d be interested in blogging about and documenting the creation of beautiful repeating patterns inspired by shapes found in contemporary furniture, building, and product design, as well as more traditional designs such as in Japanese fabric.

You can see an example of a repeating pattern that I found in a Japanese silk that I incorporated into a laser cutting project here:


Laser-cut box:

I would use it to make molds for home-made clay tiles. I love those wonderfully intricate tessellations found in some Islamic architecture, and with Repper and a 3D printed mold I could make some large tiles (with dents for grout) which would have the similar mind-bending patterns but would not require all the labor and expertise to install as the real thing.

(I commented on the Repper post, but in doubt I will leave it also here :o)

Repper Pattern would be perfect for a project I thought about for some times.
It will allow me to add a terrific pattern to an awesome laser cutted Christmas tree ! (maybe in yummy red acrylic to play with pattern+transparency)
I didn’t found time to finish it for the last Christmas, but I plan to upload that for the next 🙂

I would create a laser-engraved stamp with it. With a repeating pattern on the stamp you could print never-ending pattern tilings

Jill Turney

This pattern making program is amazing! I would love to use it to create designs to be applied to fabrics. It could also be used to make stickers for wall decals. Oooo and also shelf liners. The applications are endless. My house will be so decked out! I must have it!


This software would be perfect to develop my laser-cut designs further (I’ve got big plans that I can finally get stuck into after I submit my PhD at the end of this month!). I’m particularly interested in expanding my range based on representations of neurons and connections between cells. Repper would be an amazing tool because I’m interested in creating lots of different patterns based on neurons viewed from different perspectives- from close-up versions focusing on branching processes of individual cells (examples of these I’ve made through Ponoko: and ) to extensive networks of interconnected cells and more abstract patterns based on dendrites. Would be fantastic to have a tool to help me play around with these patterns easily and come up with some interesting designs to cut out of acrylic or engrave.

Converting Repper’s repeat graphics to vector … this could be brilliant for creating subtle (or obvious) interest in large areas of otherwise plain raster etching. Some added depth & detail.

Hi, I’m not gonna make absurd statements about how this software will change my life. But Repper looks dope and as a member of the Ponoko tribe and a designer who strives to “push design forward” I can confidently state that I will exploit Repper in every way possible for amazing results. Implementing it into my workflow will result in both 2D and 3D design that will invoke curiosity and provoke the viewer to give the design a second glance. Thank you.

No way! I’ve been working with a friend of mine on creating new versions of vintage 60s clocks with radial repeating patterns. Creating the repeats by hand is a huge pain–this would be so helpful! I’ve also been looking into making trivets and other kitchen wares to match my Spoonflower fabrics, which have seamlessly repeating patterns–Repper would be a great help to me. I’d love a copy!

I would definitely love to play with this, it would really get me into the etching portion of what Ponoko can do. So far I’ve only really used the cutting but the ability to create nifty repeat designs for etching as well? Sign me up!

I will sure make my business card with laser cut materials and pattern printed on it!
how wonderful they will be!!!

I live near an arboretum, & I was inspired by the trees to make a wood lamp with a pattern of leaves cut out of the wood. I could use Repper to create a shadow print pattern, and use Ponoko’s laser cutting tool to cut out the shapes of the pattern from sheets of your Bamboo Ply.


Marjorie Dawson

I am going through a Manga phase at the moment, sketchbooks are filling with spiked hair shapes, large eye shapes, all clustered together they look pretty awesome and very tactile and abstract. rows and rows of shape could make very dimensional beads for me.

Oooh and I was thinking of the impact on 3D drawing……

(and besides I think I’m a bit late…..)

Mark Small

I’ve been working on a game design with a lot of pieces. Repper would be handy for designing the backs of the pieces.

Kristen Turner

Contest Closed. Winners announced soon.

… Thanks ! 🙂

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