Every Ponoko order is custom-made, so there are two things to consider:
1) The time it takes to MAKE your order;
2) The time it takes to SHIP your order.
Making Time - Laser Cutting
You can choose 8, 5, 3, 1, or Same Day making time.
(If you have a larger order, you'll choose from other making times).
Making Time - 3D Printing
Plastic materials generally take 2-3 weeks to make.
Metal materials generally take 3-4 weeks to make.
Making Time - Metal Machining
Metal Photochemical Machining (PCM) orders generally take 2-3 weeks to make.
Shipping Time - All Making Types
AFTER your order has been custom made, how long it takes to ship depends on your location:
Shipping within USA -- 1 to 7 business days via UPS or USPS.
Shipping within NZ -- 1 to 4 business days via NZ post.
Shipping outside of USA & NZ -- 5 to 10 business days.
Making Time FAQ
1. If I pick 3 day making time, does that mean I will get my order in 3 days?
No. Making time means made, packaged, and shipped within the timeframe you selected. It does not include the shipping time it will take to get delivered to you. For more information on how long it will take to receive your order, go here.
2. Is making time based on business days or calendar days?
Making times are in calendar days and shipping speed is in business days.
3. What are the terms of the guarantee?
We guarantee that we will make, package, and ship your order within the timeframe you selected. If we are unable to do so — for reasons such as out-of-stock materials, a sudden surge of orders as happens before the holidays, or ya know earthquakes — we will let you know ASAP and offer to refund your rush fee or cancel and refund your entire order.
4. How come I'm not getting all of the making time options?
If you have a very large order, you may not see all or any of the rush making time options. This is because very large orders take a longer time to cut. For example, if your order will take over 2,000 minutes to cut, that amounts to over 33 hours on the laser cutter. It would not be possible to make, package, and ship your order within a 1-day timeframe.
5. Can I choose my making time for 3D printing or metal machining (PCM)?
No. Making time options are only available for laser cutting. For information on how long 3D printing orders take, go here.
If you have any other questions on when you will receive your order, send an email to service-at-ponoko-dot-com