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"I received my pieces today and they look great! Not only did they arrive almost two weeks ahead of the estimate but the wood was gorgeous. Please pass on my thanks to your production team! :)"

Otto Gunther

"We see this as the beginning of something huge"

Ponoko laser cuts hundreds of materials precisely, accurately, and with rapid turnaround. Use our online quote system to easily get pricing on your components, even if you just need one part shipped today. Ponoko’s wide range of engineering materials are available with no minimum order quantity, yet can scale up to easily handle your full production requirements. Ponoko offers laser cutting services for a wide range of engineering materials, all precision cut and quality assured. While many of our customers are leaders in their industries, our services are affordable to even small startups and individuals. Our customers range from industry giants like Apple to engineering students and hobbyists, all of whom seek the highest quality laser cut parts at the right price. We protect your intellectual property automatically with our standard account terms of service, which include a non-disclosure agreement and confidentiality terms. Order risk free laser cut parts, and if they aren’t perfectly suitable as per our quality guarantees, we’ll re-make and re-ship for free.
Custom parts delivered same day.

What is laser cutting?

Laser cutting is a production technique that uses a beam of light to cut a wide range of materials and thicknesses. A laser cutter can vary in size greatly from small desktop LED-based lasers with a power of a few watts to extremely large industrial laser cutter machines that use powers in excess of 1KW. Laser cutters are very similar to 3-axis CNC machines as both use an XY gantry that can move a tool around a workpiece, but while a CNC typically has a third axis for moving a tool up and down, a laser cutter will either have a laser module or a mirror that receives light from a stationary laser source.

Why use laser cutting?

Laser cutters have some big advantages when compared to other manufacturing techniques. Firstly, laser cutters can provide precision cuts thanks to the precise nature of laser beams and their ability to only remove material directly under the beam. Secondly, laser cutters can cut thin materials more easily and faster than standard CNC machines. This is due to the fact that a laser cutter bed uses a gridded design that does not need to hold the workpiece down when being cut. A CNC, however, is required to make multiple passes when cutting as well as being required to hold the workpiece down while also needing to leave bridges between the sheet material and the part being cut. Another advantage of laser cutting is that it can be used to cut far more materials than typical CNC machines. Sure, CNCs can be used to cut thick metal, wood, and plastic, but lasers can cut a much wider range of materials. Of course, one of the biggest advantages by far of laser cutters is that they are one of the cheapest methods of production. Unless a part is being produced in the millions, laser cutting will generally beat CNC, plastic injection moulding, and 3D printed parts.

What materials can you use with laser cutters?

Laser cutters can cut a wide variety of materials; the only criteria are that the material being cut can absorb the light from the laser beam and will vaporise on exposure and that it doesn’t let off corrosive gases that would harm the laser. In the case of Ponoko, most woods, plastics, and metal including steel can be cut using laser cutters. Of all materials that can be laser cut, plastic has a particularly nice edge finish as it partly melts. This leaves laser cut plastic parts with a smoother edge than a blade or bit that makes any shape look sharp and professional.

How do laser cutting design files work with Ponoko?

Ponoko can read 2D vector design files from a wide variety of softwares. The best file types to export for making are DXF, SVG, Ai or EPS files. As laser cutters can also engrave and produce cut-outs inside objects, Ponoko can recognize different colors in your file to assign to different cutting techniques. For example if you wanted to cut and engrave a part, you could use blue lines to represent a complete cut through the material and red lines to represent an engraving pattern. Engraving can be particularly useful when adding text and graphics to a shape for labelling purposes. Once you have your design file ready, you can upload the file with ease and the Ponoko service will guide you through your design asking you about the scale, dimensions, and what material you want to use.

Our precision laser cutting & engraving capabilities.

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±0.13mm

Dimensional accuracy.

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0-0.2mm

Laser kerf.

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0.1-19.1mm

Material thickness.

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790x384mm

Large parts.

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6x6mm

Tiny parts.

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1x1mm

Complex features.

FAQ

What is bad about laser cutting?

Laser cutting is great for creating complex shapes that are made from sheet materials that require precision. However, laser cutting is not great for very thick materials over 12mm as the laser beam converges at the focal point meaning that it loses its ability to cut. Furthermore, the laser cutting bed uses a grid meaning that it is not ideal for cutting very small parts as when these are cut they can fall through the bed and be lost.

Can a laser cutter cut anything?

The theoretical answer, yes. The real answer, nope. While an infinitely powerful beam could cut through anything, real lasers are limited in strength through their power rating. As such, some materials are just too difficult to cut through (such as glass). In addition to this, some materials such as PVC offput corrosive gases that would be bad for machines and should be avoided.

What precision does Ponoko service offer?

Ponoko uses a wide range of different laser cutters depending on the material they are cutting. However, for all processes and materials, Ponoko offers at the very least a dimensional accuracy of ±0.13mm, a laser kerf of 0mm - 0.2mm, complex features down to 1mm x 1mm, and part sizes down to 6mm x 6mm.

What is the thickest material that Ponoko provides?

Ponoko offers a wide range of materials all with varying thicknesses. If combining all materials together, the range of thickness offered by Ponoko is between 0.1mm to 19.1mm. The largest parts can have dimensions of 790mm x 384mm, and customers can fit multiple designs into a single piece of material to save money.

What software can I use with Ponoko?

Ponoko services allow you to use a wide variety of design softwares. So long as your software package can produce vector DXF, Ai, EPS, or SVG files, then you are good to go. If you’d like both cutting and engraving, then you’ll also want to ensure your software can export two different line colors to use for assigning laser functions when ordering. If you want suggestions, then consider CAD programs such as Alibre, Autodesk, and Solidworks or 2D graphic programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape.

What kind of graphics can I get cut?

So long as your design does not have complex features under 1mm x 1mm and the size of your design is greater than 6mm x 6mm then you can have incredibly complex features. However, customers should be aware that very long and thin features may sag if the chosen material cannot support the weight of the protruding feature.

Does a laser system do both engraving and cutting?

Yes, a single laser cutter can do both engraving and cutting. This is achieved by either controlling the power of the laser (less power when engraving and more when cutting) or using a laser cutter with reduced power and using multiple passes for cutting.

How is Ponoko able to produce parts so quickly?

Ponoko breaks down the laser cutting process into several streamlined steps to provide customers with rapid manufacturing and shipping. The first step involves the use of an online quotation system that provides Ponoko with a standard file format created from user submissions. The formatted production files are then checked by the customer team. Once files are approved for making, orders are handed over to the production team where in house material stock is ready to go for making and shipping as fast as same day. Shipping providers are pre scheduled to pick up packages daily Mon-Fri.

How can Ponoko help with engineering projects?

Trying to scale a project from concept to prototyping can be extremely challenging, and production methods such as 3D printing can only do so much. When a design needs to look similar to the finished product, one has to turn to a professional production method such as CNC or plastic injection moulding. However, laser cutting can provide this professionalism without the need to invest large amounts of money, and laser cutting can be used to produce thousands of parts at little cost compared to other production techniques.

Why use Ponoko services?

When it comes to laser cutting, Ponoko is a world leader in laser cutting services for both engineers and makers. Our materials are of the highest quality and sourced from respectable manufacturers with trustworthy supply chains. The wide range of different engineered materials that we offer can be used in almost any project conceivable, and the diverse range of existing clientele demonstrates our ability to provide. Not only are we professionals when it comes to laser cutting, but we also believe that trust is the foundation of any respectable business. As such, we take great care in protecting intellectual property from customers and ensure that all designs sent are handled with the utmost care.

How we deliver custom parts, same day from $50 for just 1.

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Upload your designs online.
Get automated DFM feedback.
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Select our materials online.
200+ engineering grade sheets.
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Get online quote in seconds.
From $50 for just 1 delivered same day.*
93% off for 10,000. Free shipping.
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Robots produce custom parts.
Quality checked by software & people.
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Track your orders online.
Same day delivery to Bay Area USA. Same day shipping worldwide. Standard shipping free.
Custom parts delivered same day.

Start from just 1 part, delivered same day.
Scale to 10,000 parts, at 93% off.

Our customers are leading their industries.

Health
Bionic exoskeletons
Bionic exoskeletons

Ekso Bionics

Retail
iOS POS hardware
iOS POS hardware

Aila

AI
Fulfillment systems
Fulfillment systems

Berkshire Grey

IoT
Connectivity devices
Connectivity devices

Twilio

Prototypes
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AI plant monitoring

Bowery Farming

Consumer Electronics
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iPhone testing stands

Apple

Homeware
Wall clocks
Wall clocks

Decoy Lab

Fashion
Jewelry
Jewelry

Gio Gio Design

Homeware
Lighting
Lighting

Modern Maine

Space
Internet satellites
Internet satellites

Astranis

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Aircraft
Aircraft

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Lidar
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Autonomous vehicles

Velodyne Lidar

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Scientific devices
Scientific devices

Thermo Fisher

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Cell therapy systems

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Custom parts delivered same day.

Laser cutting built for startups & enterprises.

Automatic IP protection.

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Free standard shipping.

For all USA shipments. Free material sample too.

Live chat with laser technicians.

We’re online Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm PT to assist you design highest quality & lowest cost custom parts.

99.3% precision part quality record.

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Standard quality procedure.

Our software, then design inspector, laser operator & quality manager quality check all orders.

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Our promise.

If our software, robots, people or suppliers get it wrong, we’ll re-make & re-ship for free. No pesky returns.

We’re passionate about unleashing hardware creativity to advance humanity.

The speed which you were able to have my design cut and shipped was incredibly quick. Everything is dead on for what I had designed and fits flawlessly.
- David Gabel
The pieces are exactly as I wanted them, even the little details are sharp and well done. I ordered the same pieces from different vendors to compare the quality, and yours came out on top, at the best price too. I'm looking forward to ordering from you again.
- Louis Mazet
Just wanted to let you know the chipboards came in yesterday and looked great. Thanks again for your help on this! I'm sure we will be in touch for the next one.
- Monica Rivera
Wow you guys have great prices ... You know I've been getting quotes from shops at like 4-8 times more.
- Ryan LeMere
Our laser cut centerpieces arrived on time, in excellent condition, and were a huge hit at our conference. We were so impressed with the quality and service that, when designing awards for our next event, we immediately thought of Ponoko.
- Wren Dillingham
THANK YOU for the incredible service. I have never experienced customer service like this before!!!
- Taylor Norman
Wow thank you guys for the super LIGHT SPEED processing! :)))
- Astrid Mueller
The website is extremely user friendly with lots of help built right in. The prices are competitive and the test pieces came to my door in immaculate condition.
- Craig Dillon
Everything went simply perfect. From the site to the pricing, from the support to the shipping and the part’s quality. A1! Thanks again and see you soon for other orders!
- Louis Brillon
WOW! Just arrived! Looks GREAT! Thanks so much :) Looking forward to using your service again!
- Erin McLaughlin
Ponoko came to our aid when we were looking for something that people wouldn’t merely look at then throw out in a swag bag at a very large conference. We ended up making leather bookmarks to promote a new released product, and though the end result was beautiful, the service was the best part.
- Jenn Contois
Wow - serious customer service! Really appreciate it!!
- David Gluck

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From $50 for just 1. 93% off for 10,000.

Custom parts delivered same day.
*Same day delivery (or money back) is available for orders using a limited selection of materials, placed by 11am PT Monday - Friday, for 1-100 parts to Bay Area USA locations. Same day shipping (or money back) available to USA & worldwide locations.