Ponoko supplies an online laser cutting service that makes custom cardboard products from your digital product designs for businesses and agencies.
What can you make by laser cutting cardboard? For natural and corrugated cardboard varieties, packaging, prototyping and Google VR kits are the most popular uses. Matboard, because of its more refined finish and vivid color options (blue, gray, green and red), expands beyond packaging and prototypes into laser cut cardboard architectural models, decorative arts, collage and crafts. But don’t stop there; let your imagination run wild!
To get started laser cutting cardboard, simply upload your product designs to get an instant online quote. If all looks good, give the thumbs up and the lasers will get to work making your custom cardboard products.
Pricing for laser cut cardboard starts at $1, and your cardboard products can be made and shipped directly to your door as fast as the same day.
San Francisco engineer uses Ponoko + Kickstarter to bring his laser cut product to market.
Designer Maiko Kuzunishi has earned a worldwide following with her range of beautiful eco-friendly and quirky laser cut clocks.
Engineering student Alexander Sarnowski makes & sells fully functional black powder cannons with laser cut timber.
Illustrator and designer Junichi Tsuneoka combines traditional woodworking techniques with laser cutting.
Dancer Donna Touch makes & sells custom aluminum laser cut feather fans.
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Open hardware engineers Nwazet Inc use laser cutting for quick, cost-effective creation of custom electronic enclosures for profitable sale.
Product designer by day, Colin Francis spends his after hours creating laser cut leather goods & housewares.
LA-based design studio Alienology embraces the Ponoko high speed model to move rapidly from idea to product.
Artist and craftsman Brian Chan creates & sells fully functional musical instruments from laser cut bamboo.
Jewelry designer Mariko Carandang uses Ponoko to instantly keep up with growing demand.
Artist Jay Thomson streamlines the bow tie making process by selling acrylic laser cutting design templates.
Laser cutting and laser engraving are digital making methods available online from Ponoko.
Laser cutting cardboard is a subtractive manufacturing technology that uses a high-power laser beam to cut flat-sheet materials. A computer directs this laser to follow the cutting line provided in your digital design. The high-precision laser vaporizes a cut line through the cardboard, leaving a 90-degree high-quality cut-edge finish.
Laser engraving is similar, but instead of using the laser beam to cut through the cardboard, it engraves the surface. Following the engraving line or area in your digital design, the laser vaporizes a thin layer of the cardboard surface, exposing what lies beneath. For cardboard, the resulting finish is a shallow indented section.
You can laser cut cardboard and engrave custom designs on the surface by using your very own personal factory.