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How to make interlocking wood designs

What is a node and how do you create a good one?Advice from Dan Emery - originally posted to the Ponoko Blog. A node is typically used if your design has multiple parts that need to join together ...

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How to make interlocking acrylic designs

The importance of radiiAdvice from Dan Emery - originally posted to the Ponoko Blog. We've written about using 'nodes' with 3D objects made from wood before, but suggested it may not work for ac...

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10 things you should know about laser cutting with Ponoko

Here are the 10 things that we think you should know about laser cutting with Ponoko - let us know what you would add! 1. How long it will take to make and ship your order. We make all orders as ...

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How much material does the laser burn away?

A guide by Dan Emery - originally posted to the Ponoko Blog. A couple years back I sought to try and quantify the kerf of our laser cutter, or how much material the laser cutter burns away when ...

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Selling & giving away FAQs

Selling FAQs How do I start selling? First, sign up as a seller. Once you have done that, go to My Showroom and click to add a new item—this requires you have at least one design file in My Des...

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What is 2D material tolerance? How can I allow for it in my design?

What is tolerance? When we talk about "tolerance" for 2D sheet materials, we're talking about the potential variation in thickness from the listed size. This thickness tolerance for our material...

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Josh's Cardboard Rocketship Project

The past few months I've been working on a cardboard rocket ship design, specifically looking at how I can create use one design with multiple material thicknesses and at different sizes. Click he...

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Easily create laser-cut 3D forms

A guide by Dan Emery - originally posted to the Ponoko Blog. Every day I see a a lot of good content go through my feeds and occasionally they are some real gems which lower the barrier for peo...

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Laser Cutting FAQs

How does laser cutting work? Laser cutting uses a computer to direct a laser at the material to be cut. The material then melts, burns, or vaporizes leaving an edge with a high-quality finis...

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Design interlocking laser-cut 2D designs in Inkscape

Inkscape Instructable to help your 2d designs fit just rightAn instructable by Carol Wang Carol Wang is nutty about knots, and she's also untangled the mysteries of laser cutting with this fanta...

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How to use Sketchup for Ponoko 3D printing

A guest instructable by Ed Lewis. Ed Lewis, aka Fungus Amungus created an all-around fantastic Instructable for using Google SketchUp with Ponoko 3D printing and in the process won our 2010 Goo...

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When Will I Receive My Order?

Every Ponoko order is custom-made, so there are two things to consider: 1) The time it takes to MAKE your order; plus 2) The time it takes to SHIP your order. Making Time - Laser Cutting Yo...

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How Long Will it Take to Make My Order? (3D Printing)

Making Time - 3D Printing Various plastic and plaster materials generally take 1-3 weeks to make. Ceramic and metal materials generally take 3-4 weeks to make. We cannot guarantee making times ...

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Metal Machining Starter Kit: Adobe Illustrator

What is possible with Photochemical Machining (PCM)? What materials are available? What sizes are available? How much will it cost? How do I get a quote? How long will it take to receive my ...

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How Long Will it Take to Make My Order? (Laser Cutting)

You can choose between 8 days, 5 days, 3 days, 1 day, or Same Day making. How to choose your making time After you've uploaded all your designs and selected your materials, click the red "Make It...

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