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Introduce yourself to the community

Josh Judkins
posted this on March 22, 2011, 13:26

Thanks for getting signed up for the new Ponoko community hub!

Now that you're here, we'd love to hear more about you - such as:

  • where in the world you are based?
  • what kind of things do you make (or would like to)?
  • have you created anything with Ponoko?
  • what is one of your non-making interests?

We look forward to having you part of the community. =)



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Josh Judkins

Well, I'll start...

I'm now based in San Francisco, after living in New Zealand for the last couple of decades.

Ever since I started working at Ponoko I've been meaning to make a couple of custom clear acrylic frames for some original 70s/80s movie posters I've got... my goal is to finally make this happen over April/May - and post about the project as I go here on the forums.

I've made a few things with Ponoko, most memorably gifts for my friends and family, and a pretty damn awesome wooden interlocking trophy for a game my wife and I ran back in NZ.

A non-making interest since I was a kid has been video games, and the first online community I started and helped to run was for vintage/retro video game collectors in NZ. I'd still love to own a full-sized arcade or pinball machine at some point - maybe once I finally own a house and stop moving around on a bi-yearly basis...

March 22, 2011, 13:31
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Hi Josh,

I hope you are enjoying San Fran! 

I am originally from California myself but have lived all over the US but for the past 10 or so years, I've called the Atlanta, GA area home.

I've tried my hand at a number of things via Ponoko but have settled on making fine art combing custom created Ponoko creations with different mediums. I have a few pieces I'm currently working on and hope to have the finished pieces ready around May/June of this year. 

I have a number of interests outside of art, including music, IT, traveling, entrepreneurial ventures and (like you) video games! ;)

March 22, 2011, 13:58
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david ten have


I'm Dave. I'm CEO and co-founder of Ponoko.

I am based in Wellington, but I'm up in Oakland pretty frequently these days.

Ponoko generally gets used for farm or Makerbot related things. 


March 22, 2011, 23:02
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Mark Small

Ok, my turn.  

I'm Mark Small, full time balloon artist.  I grew up in Michigan, but now live in Indiana.  After six years in the navy as an electronic technician, I was a video arcade manager/technician, computer tech, and did a couple other electronic related jobs.  Ten years ago I started playing with balloons and shortly after that quit my day job.  Now I have more free time than I know what to do with, so my creative side draws me to places like Ponoko.  I'm an avid gamer (hence, the 20 sided dice you'll find in my showroom).

April 7, 2011, 08:14
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Crystal Guthrie

Hi everyone!

June 20, 2011, 04:21
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Josh Judkins

Hi Crystal! Welcome to the Ponoko Forums - don't hesitate to let us know if there's anything we can do to help, and we'd love to hear what you're making, or thinking of making. =)

June 20, 2011, 08:55
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Fuzzy Wobble

My name is Fuzzy Wobble ( ).

From Vancouver Canada.

I am a new grad of mechanical engineering. Soon to be attending the design & technology master program at parsons design school NYC.

I absolutely love the concept and execution of Ponoko. I plan to give Ponoko much business over the years as well as spread the word on its brilliant services.

My plan after grad school is to be fully submerged in both technical and creative design and hopefully pursue a career in Netherlands, Portland, SF, NYC, Vancouver or Montreal. 

June 29, 2011, 10:24
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Edward Howell

Hi, I am Edward Howell, and I am in Orlando, Florida. I hope to make some art and stuff but my main goal is these!!

So this will involve lasercut fabric and some 3D printed parts. I missed the recent contest unfortunately. But I have just started a store and I love science fiction, so I hope to make a bunch of cool googy stuff. 


July 12, 2011, 22:29
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Josh Judkins

Welcome Edward! Wow - those shoes for weightlessness look like one heck of a project! I look forward to hearing about how you go through the process. =)

July 13, 2011, 10:23
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Edward Howell

Thank you Josh.

One thing I would like to have access to for future projects is some other fabric choices for lasercutting. Something thinner with a little more drape than wool felt and leather. :-)


July 13, 2011, 20:16
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Rex Harris

Hi Kids,  I am an ancient one, 83 years old.  BSEE in 1950   No computers, just early "thinking machines".  I was a job hopper (dozens) and created 3 manufacturing companies. Technology has outpaced my experience, but I marvel at the opportunities.  My current design of portable, remote controlled scoreboards is almost ripe for production.  And your services look GREAT.  So we'll get acquainted for mutual benefits and fun.  I'll send an ID photo later.... you guys sure look young.


October 27, 2011, 22:22
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Josh Judkins

Hello Rex and welcome!

Wonderful to have someone with your experience in the community - the tools may be a bit different, but the principles are very much the same.

I look forward to hearing more about your project, and we at Ponoko will naturally do anything we can to advise.


October 28, 2011, 07:05
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Michael Gaio

Hello! Ponoko looks so cool!  Glad to be here.

I'm a designer, inventor, and philosopher. I've been a professional freelance web designer, interaction designer, and experience designer for 12+ years, working primarily with Flash / ActionScript in the LOHAS industry. I'm now getting more into Processing (Java), Cinder (C++), and Arduino for innovative software / mobile app development and public interactive installations.  And now I'm also inspired to get more involved in tangible / physical design ... such as is now more possible with Ponoko!  

My primary website:

A new website oriented around the intersection of software and tagible devices and such:

I was in San Francisco, California during the boom.  Currently, I live in Hawaii ... tho I am a technomadic world traveler.

A few of my primary interests are: synergestics, collective intelligence, archetypal cosmology, and cognitive science ...

Light Sabers away ~ !


November 21, 2011, 16:41
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ilia l

:)) my name is ilia. male,25yo. i was working on 3d character modelling and animation for some time.right now im working in 3d projection mapping. we make 3d objects - replicate real ones;these are used as  maps for projectors to guide them on the surface they project on.  im thinking to make some 3d models and maybe sell them here. am also learning c++ graphycs programming.

November 28, 2011, 09:43
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Murphy Shores

Hi Murphy here.  New to 3D printing and in the market for a cool machine.  Thanks!

December 6, 2011, 23:23
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sid naique

hello everyone, 

my name is Sid and I am from Goa-India. A traditional portrait artist and now a 3d modeler, sculptor, texturing and lighting artist. My tools are Maya, ZBrush, 3dsMax, Mudbox and photoshop. 

Have been working on 3d printable figurines and signs lately and its so much fun. Signed up as a seller here and fell in love with ponoko :-) 

Here is my showroom 

and here is my personal website 

Glad to be here !!


January 2, 2012, 09:37
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Andrew Robb



My name is Andy, as a hobby I design and make 1/6th scale models, my interest is primarily 3d rapid prototyping, I've just ordered a couple of parts via ponoko I can't wait to see the finished products!!

I'm a bit confused about the design hub though, I'd like to delete some the designs I'v created, or certainly I'd like to change the names on some stuff.......any idea how?



January 4, 2012, 14:03
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Josh Judkins

Hello to all the new folk over the past few months - the end of 2011 was a *crazy* busy time for us at Ponoko HQ. We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.

Andy - Regarding the design hub, you are able to delete design sets you've created using the little trash can icons under them on this page: You can also click into a design set / product and click on the name to edit it. I hope that helps!

January 4, 2012, 15:41
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Andrew Robb

great thanks for the advice.


One other question, can you advise how i can add files to an existing design?



January 4, 2012, 15:55
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Josh Judkins

Hi Andrew - that's not possible at this stage, as products are locked off once a set of designs is uploaded. We'll be looking at changing that once in a position to overhal that part of the site. You can read more about that here:

Any other questions are best sent through to us as a request - the link for which you can see at the top of the page in the Community Hub.


January 4, 2012, 15:59
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Hi everyone - My name is Henry, and I'm a graphic designer based in NYC. I've done a few 3-D projects, like point-of-sale displays and a few woodshop things, but getting started with Ponoko is my first time really getting hands-on with making. 

I'm really interested in gaming in general, but it's tabletop gaming which is what led me here in the first place. I'm hoping to use Ponoko as a source for gaming aids, like tokens and markers and what-not, and I can swing it, perhaps even open a store!

February 21, 2012, 14:28
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Josh Judkins

Welcome Henry! We look forward to seeing what sorts of tabletop gaming aids you start creating. :D

February 22, 2012, 16:02
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I am a artist,and dag nabbit,I will figure this out (if some one helps me) and when I do,I WILL help others do the same. it would be a dream,or night mare,to own a laser cutter, or and cnc, and a maker bot  OH YES!

 I went to machinest school in  1978, I QUiT,understand,I can also work on some cars.... I could use the tools, but I am free floating expressionist ,art,impulsive  mind wanders....scotomas, and me and my teacher went head to head , mic-ing up sizes  my cuts,on du-all or lathe.... tolerances ,  I BECOME INTOLERANT TO...sorry,  even hermeticaly sealed JOE-BLOCKS did not help me,I Praticed for weeks...... I TRY very hard.

 ITs just to objective   which is it......chicken or egg......." right side of the line or LEFT"  does not CUT IT WHEN MACHINEING A SCREW or slot!

   hey....but here I AM....serious and really wanting  to understand what I MUST-DO TO HAVE THE SITUATION coperate... and cut my lines!

develope my ITEMS!

help me please

I HAVE CS2.      wow right please don't laugh...and a grafix vinyl cutter I cant even use,it for 3 years now,My husband purchased I am so mad at myself.

I do not know how to convert into svg the svgs i have        I purchased

HELP THIS OLD WOMAN PLEASE HELP ME,IM IN MATAWAN NJ ....and live in a 200 yr old home,I am a empty nest  and it is not a happy thing for me!

I LOVE MY CHILDREN ALL CHILDREN   OH I love these those babies,and protect, play with them... and admire  young couples!they are so LUCKY! 

well this is the most recient photo of me LIKE IT OR NOT! 


April 5, 2012, 12:50
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Josh Judkins

Hi Linda!

Welcome to the Ponoko community - I hope you're able to find someone to assist with your designs.


April 5, 2012, 12:55
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David Munson

Hi I'm David from Boston (

I am a seasoned 3d visualization specialist, primarily architectural, who has been creating color 3DP models for 6 years. My models tend to be large in either physical size with multiple pieces and\or in file size.

My favorite projects are when I get to create animations\renderings as well as 3DP models from the same data.

May 21, 2012, 14:57
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Jamie Wilson

Hi All, I'm a farmer with a keen interest in all things tech, especially 3D printing. I guess you could say farming is like a Ying to my appetite for technology and science.

I'm located in country South Australia, and have a small online store selling 3D printing services and equipment.

One of my great interests is skepticism. I really enjoy listening to related podcasts  while driving the tractor!




July 13, 2012, 14:17
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Sammy Silberstein


I'm a graphic designer/photographer/illustrator based in Los Angeles since the mid 80's. My wife and I recently conceived a line of fashion jewelry that we're selling both locally and online. So far, our pieces have been made in China for lack of other sources. Through a recent conversation with a fellow artist, we learned of Ponoko and were impressed by the number and quality of the offerings. We would like to have some of our pieces made through Ponoko but have no knowledge of 3D software and would rather spend the time designing jewelry. Is anyone aware of a service that will take our Adobe Illustrator files and prepare them for 3D printing to Ponoko specs?

Thanks for the help and check out our stuff at


July 19, 2012, 10:47
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Wendy Lynn Staats

I'm a mechanical engineer and drummer living in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.  

I recently stumbled upon Ponoko and was absolutely delighted with what I found!  I frequently come up with projects for creating custom things, but I don't have so much as a wood shop of my own, so I have been (thus far) limited to the brutal chop-jobs that local lumber stores provide... and the good will of my father ("Hey Pops, can you cut this plywood panel into umpteen pieces of really specific sizes with your table saw? Thanks!").

Ever since I learned about Ponoko a couple of weeks ago, and explored some of the guides & FAQs, my mind has been ablaze with ideas. Having access to the fabrication techniques offered makes nearly anything possible.  I now have a "Ponoko Project Wish List" just to capture the many concepts I would like to materialize... and it's growing each day.

Thus far, most of my designs have been for woodcrafted items for my band Sunspot, an independent rock act. I've done the design work for a display case for merch, a special tip jar for bar gigs, and a stencil of our logo to use on our road cases.  Right now I'm in the process of converting some of my designs to the Ponoko templates and I'm giddy with anticipation of placing and receiving my first order! I am truly curious about how everything will turn out and hope it meets my high expectations based on what I've seen here.

Nice meeting you all, and I look forward to seeing and hearing about many incredible and inspiring projects here in the forums!

July 19, 2012, 20:03
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Julio Carrillo

Hi everybody,

I'm a mechanical/product engineer living in Valencia, Spain. I have been involved in 3D print for building product models and prototypes...My interests include design inspired by nature, plastic design and use of 3D printing as personal fabricator.

But right now i´m working in a research about how 3D printing is perceived in market and what's its real potential as personal fabrication technology.

So, I am conducting a survey, and would appreciate your colaboration about it. It would take just a moment to fill it.

I don't know if this is the right forum to place it, if not just let me know.

To collaborate, just click in the link below. If you know someone else related with 3D printing, please feel free to share it.


Very thanks,



September 1, 2012, 12:52
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Hello everyone I am Hazel From USA and new member here, I have a clear, logical mind with a practical approach to problem solving and a drive to see things through to completion. I enjoy working on my own initiative or in a team.

September 28, 2012, 05:44
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Nate Owens

Greetings... illustrator doing publication, advertising and greeting card art for over 40 years
I've done a few 3d prints here and there, new at Ponoko.

My interest is in creating figurines similar to the western, down-home, and humor characters I've done on cards for Leanin' Tree since 1980 ( and and have introduced a few in my shop here (

Wish: That you would introduce a simple calculator that adds your markup amount to the cost of the print for the benefit of selling to others. Most Print On Demand sites implement this feature. It would simplify things a lot and cut down on errors. - - thanks

October 2, 2012, 01:43
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Matthew Smith

Hi Folks!

I'm a, well, lots of things really. Historically, I have a technician certificate in electrical/electronic engineering, but have spent the last quarter of a century in IT. By profession, I'm an inclusive technologist, transitioning from the role of freelance web applications developer to CTO of a technology start-up that I'm not yet at liberty to tell you about (so you will be spared me boring you with that ;-) I am also an artist and I make stuff - I like to try my hand at as many media as I can, including working in metal, leather, wood and, more recently, plastics. In addition to this, I am into embedded electronic design, and have projects for assisting with independent living, art, and music synthesis/effects.

Apart from the software development side of my life, just about everything I do has a use for laser cutting - currently working acrylic with a 12" table saw, which is somewhat lacking in finesse. Sculptures, cases for gadgets I make - all this can benefit from laser-cut pieces. The software development side comes in handy in that I am fairly familiar with SVG and, since I've had some issues with Inkscape mucking up sizes of what should be precision parts, am quite happily hand-coding my designs.

Some of the features of Inkscape I like, including the ability to create gears. However, due to the problems I have had and the fact I am not a big fan of GUI applications in this environment, I have started to create a set of JavaScript applications for doing all the heavy-lifting when it comes to creating SVG paths. So far, I have code for creating basic equal-sided polygons: I have other bits I have yet to post, but as my star-generator keeps creating them inside-out, I won't be sharing just yet!

As regards myself, I'm an expatriate Brit living in rural South Australia. Per my Twitter profile (@smiffy) : "Creative problem solver, inclusive technologist. Foodie, artist, strength trainer. Married with dogs."

Kudos to Josh, who has been fielding my daft questions so far ;-)

Hope to start making this very week!


October 27, 2012, 18:00
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Dr Eliot Attridge


I'm a Science teacher in NZ, based in Blenheim having emigrated just over 2 months ago. 

I am looking at using Ponoko to create teaching aids for lessons- I have a few ideas that I'd like to try out!

I've used Illustrator a few times, so I guess that is what I'll be using. Other than that, I'm a novice. I think it has a lot of potential, though.

Outside of work, I'm an author of non-fiction books, both printed and audiobooks.

Once I'm used to the process and the costs I think there is a lot that I could create, so I'm quite excited...





October 27, 2012, 21:14
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Cristina Colon+ponoko

Hi there - I'm Cristina. I live in New York, NY. I have an engineering background, but a very corporate day job. So when I'm not at work, I like to make things. I'm not sure what I want to make... whatever comes to mind I guess.

My first Ponoko project was a set of laser-cut dominoes. I was so pleased with the final result, I decided to post the design file online for anyone to download. You can see it here:

I used Inkscape to make it. It's hard to beat the price :) And they've done a great job. I feel so lucky that software like this is just at our fingertips! 

The folks at Ponoko have been so great too. I look forward to lots more making. Not sure what yet, but it'll come to me.


November 12, 2012, 21:13
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Camilo Parra Palacio

Hi people. i live in Colombia (South America), during my product design engineering carrer i make many prototype projects like toys, sound table, wall clocks,  electric vehicle  and other products, my favorites clocks and toys, i would like to make cool gadgets and phone accesories. i love CAD, DIY and opensource apps but more when i can use it for fabricate stuff. With ponoko  just the beginning with this shop; all the knowledge that you teach us about laser cut and cnc routing is so usefull and Thanks a lot!, pitifully is more cheap and fast for me find the laser cut dealers here.

One of my hobby: mountain bike, i so exciting to have my own personal factory, create my one company based on custom and customized design that´s my dream

Best Regards


December 6, 2012, 18:29
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Hi all. My name is Darrin. I currently live in Philadelphia and work as a full time web developer on the front  end. i do quite a lot of graphic design as well coming from a design background. I also really like board games and table top war games. I am here in hopes of making myself and perhaps starting a store for other physical gamers (board and war games) like myself. I am really into motorcycles too and am counting the days till the weather warms up juuuuust a hair...

March 8, 2013, 19:16
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Hello, everybody! :) We are Anna & Ken Gray, aka Gray's Crafts ( We live and work in Alexandria, VA and Washington, DC. We both have a law degree, in addition to that Ken has an MBA and MA from Yale and Anna has a financial analysis degree. You can tell that we love to learn new things! :) So, in September of 2012 we learned how to do laser cut designs, and have since made a bunch of them. You can see some of them here:

Anna has been making something all of her life, starting from the age of 8 months. She won her first art contest at age 7 and sold her first painting at age 11. So, you can see it was really catchy. Once she married Ken, he got that bug too and started making various things, winning the 1st place in his first art contest in 2012. 

When we aren't making anything (which is pretty rare :))) we love to play Puzzle&Skill computer games, travel, cook (and eat! :)), sing, and read. We were really glad to find Ponoko and meet all of you awesome creative folks!

March 15, 2013, 18:39
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Eric Cantwell

Hi everyone, my name is Eric and I am a robot slut. I design and collect robots mostly in the Japanese variety. I'm actually a graphic designer, but 3D is a lot more fun for me. I also d a lot of resin casting.

For modelling I use Trimble Sketchup. It's fast and has the integrated CAD aspects that I need for what I do. I've been using Sketchup for a solid five or six years, so if anyone has any questions regarding this, feel free to PM me.  I've started using Blender a bit for organic modelling and it's amazing to think that this is a free full featured 3D program. 

For product rendering I absolutely recommend Keyshot. So easy it's stupid easy, and ridiculously fast. If you can drag and drop you can use Keyshot and the results are instant professional renderings. Expensive though. 

March 16, 2013, 13:02
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Well, I am Simon! 

A passionate of 3D printing... I am currently working with Boots Industries (, give us a visit! We have Super Premium 1.75 mm PLA and our very own edition of the 3D Printer Rostock.

July 11, 2013, 14:13
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Just started using Ponoko to print animal skulls for my Kickstarter project:

November 7, 2013, 09:51
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James Taylor


I'm from the Black Hills of South Dakota.  My interest here is sculpture and jewelry design.

Sad to say I am starting with a complaint. 

Your site is not easy to navigate.  I am sure I can ask question and find the answer eventually and I'm sure you could show me how to find the information or get answers to my questions however...  Should I have to ask?

For instance I'm sure you can tell me where the 3D materials page is. 

It is difficult to say just what is wrong with the sites navigation.  I'm sure a good web site designer would be able to. I suggest you consult one.  Some sort of organizational logic is missing.  And there is no site map.

I'm looking forward to eventually finding out how much detail can be printed in a jewelry design and if 3D scanned files can be used.

To end on a positive note I think your sales pitches are quite good.


July 1, 2015, 00:32
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Dan Devorkin

Hey James - 

Welcome to Ponoko - Hope all is well in the Black Hills.

Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback, we really appreciate it.

The front-end of our site is currently undergoing an overhaul, and what you see right now is version 1. In version 2 we'll be adding in an easier to navigate materials page.  

We're rolling out these changes incrementally in order to test our changes, and get valuable feedback like yours.

We agree that a downside to this approach is a somewhat disjointed user experience : /

We're working fast, and we'll roll out the next round of changes as quickly as possible.

For the time being you can browse all of our materials here:

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any other questions, or things we can assist with.

- Dan

July 3, 2015, 11:09