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Photo Etched Metal Products, Custom Made By Our Designers & Robots. Fast.

Order Just 1 or 100,000    -    Instant Online Quotes    -    100% Re-Make Guarantee

Order Just 1 or 100,000
Instant Online Quotes
100% Re-Make Guarantee
Photo etched metal space invader necklace
Designers & Makers
Photo etched metal pendant necklace
ETSY Sellers
Photochemical etched watch project
Kickstarter Entrepreneurs
Brass & wood ring made using photo etching
Brands & Businesses
Designer metal lighting
Creative Agencies
Photo etched metal space invader necklace
Designers & Makers
Photo etched metal pendant necklace
ETSY Sellers
Photochemical etched watch project
Kickstarter Entrepreneurs
Brass & wood ring made using photo etching
Brands & Businesses
Designer metal lighting
Creative Agencies

Photo Etching Metal Products For Makers


Ponoko’s metal etching service makes custom PCM products from your digital product designs for businesses and agencies.


What can you make photo etching metal? Just about anything your imagination can dream up. Use photo etch metal to create jewelry, lighting, signs, bookmarks, models, desk and office items, art, electronics enclosures, robots, toys, housewares, business gifts and even custom promotional products. Make anywhere from 1 to 100,000 since there are no minimum requirements.


Getting started with metal etching is easy peasy. Simply upload your product design, and select from our range of sheet metal including stainless steel, brass and copper. Then you’ll get an instant online quote for our photo chemical milling to make, package and ship products directly to your door. Give us the green light and you can have your items in as fast as the same day.


Our designers will turn your 2D vector designs into real products by photo chemical machining your designs on our sheet metal materials, with 0.1mm laser precision.
With a standard turn around period of 2 weeks (free), you can have your custom product in your hands in no time.
You can order just 1 small sheet to get started, or 100,000 to keep rocking. And anything in between.
Order only when you need it. Eliminate your need to keep stock. Less waste this way too.
Don't spend a cent until your design and price is just right. Get quotes for your endless design iterations using our online instant quoting service.
If we stuff up, we'll re-make and re-ship your custom product for free. And we'll be so upset for upsetting you, that we'll flog ourselves for a week.
Designers & Makers
Let your creativity run wild!
How It Works >Laser cut metal space invader necklace
ETSY Sellers
Hand make your products with your custom designed parts (not mass produced parts).
How It Works >Laser cut metal pendant necklace
Kickstarter Entrepreneurs
Get 183% funded, raise $76,832.
How It Works >Laser cut watch kickstarter project
Brands & Businesses
You're different. Get custom swag that stands out.
How It Works >Laser cut brass, walnut and cherry wood ring
Creative Agencies
Do something different for you, your customers, and their customers.
How It Works >Designer metal lighting

How It Works

You design your product. We laser cut and engrave it for you. You assemble it.

Step 1 - Get Inspired

Spark design ideas with 3 beautiful metal materials.

Step 2 - Get Designing

Use our design templates to design your products.

Step 3 - Get Making

Upload your design to get an instant online quote.

Our Community

200,000 designers. 600,000 custom products laser cut & engraved.
Electronic Product Hits $154,647 In Just 30 Days

San Francisco engineer uses Ponoko + Kickstarter to bring his laser cut product to market.

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Modern Eco Wall Clocks a Global Hit

Designer Maiko Kuzunishi has earned a worldwide following with her range of beautiful eco-friendly and quirky laser cut clocks.

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It's War Cannons!

Engineering student Alexander Sarnowski makes & sells fully functional black powder cannons with laser cut timber.

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Robots That Fit In Your Pocket

Illustrator and designer Junichi Tsuneoka combines traditional woodworking techniques with laser cutting.

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Burlesque Dancer Turned Fan Engineer

Dancer Donna Touch makes & sells custom aluminum laser cut feather fans.

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Too Busy to Start Your Own Product Line?

Designer Charles Wade juggles graphic design, web development, social media, and his blocky laser cut robots.

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Raspberry Pi Computer Cases

Open hardware engineers Nwazet Inc use laser cutting for quick, cost-effective creation of custom electronic enclosures for profitable sale.

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Making & Selling in Leather

Product designer by day, Colin Francis spends his after hours creating laser cut leather goods & housewares.

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Idea to Product at Speed

LA-based design studio Alienology embraces the Ponoko high speed model to move rapidly from idea to product.

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Origami Expert Creates & Sells Folding Ukulele Kits

Artist and craftsman Brian Chan creates & sells fully functional musical instruments from laser cut bamboo.

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Scaling Your Small Business

Jewelry designer Mariko Carandang uses Ponoko to instantly keep up with growing demand.

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Make Your Own Bow Ties!

Artist Jay Thomson streamlines the bow tie making process by selling acrylic laser cutting design templates.

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Our Customers

How Much Does It Cost?

"Wow you guys have great prices ... I've been getting quotes from shops at like 4-8 times more." Ryan LeMere.
$1
Laser cut a play ring on a P1 sheet of cardboard.
$10
Laser cut an electronics case on a P1 sheet of acrylic.
$20
Laser cut and engrave a few logos on a P1 sheet of premium wood.
$50
Laser cut and engrave 12 coasters on a P2 sheet of bamboo.
$200
Photo etch as many parts as you can on a metal sheet for a single flat fee.
$10,000+
Get 55% off laser cutting and engraving anything.

What Is Metal Photo Etching?

Metal photo etching, also photo chemical machining or milling (PCM), is a digital making method available online from Ponoko.

It is a subtractive manufacturing process that uses chemicals to cut and engrave flat-sheet metal materials. A photo of your digital design directs the chemical where to cut and engrave the metal sheet in very fine detail.



To cut the metal sheet, the acid eats away all of the metal along the cutting line in your digital design, leaving a 90-degree high-quality cut-edge finish, without burrs or sharp edges.
To engrave the metal sheet, the acid eats away a thin layer of the metal surface along the engraving line or area in your digital design, leaving a subtle surface cavity.

You can photo etch your designs using .

What People Are Saying

"I am very pleased [with] my order ... It is exactly what I wanted & so very much better than when I did it for myself. The people you have running the laser and the person that did the manual pre-check are amazing. You will be getting many more orders from me." 
- Mike Westman
"Parts are selling like crazy! I can’t keep up. Thanks a lot. You guys do an amazing job! Keep it up." 
- Alex Soriano
"The product looks great!! We will definitely be using you guys for our future branding purposes. Greatly pleased with your support and professionalism." 
- Sunny Panchal
“The future of products”
"Super-friendly to makers”
“We see this as the beginning of something huge”
“A pioneer in the make-it-yourself movement”
“As simple as cutting shapes out of cardboard”

Get In Touch

Email - Message us here. Or get an instant online quote .
Locations - US office: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Sat-Sun 12pm-4pm. 
                      - NZ office: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.