You've got your first laser cut design. So now what?

You created a design, uploaded to Ponoko, placed an order, and now you're holding your first piece of laser cut delight (thanks btw!). So now what?

Well, that all depends on what stage of the process you're in. Here are 4 scenarios and next steps. See which one best describes you.

 

You: My design is *not* delightful! It didn't work out! [sad face grumble]

Ponoko: Don't be upset! The first try is pretty much never perfect for anyone. Making something is a process — and you're in the prototyping phase. : ) Most of our customers have to make 5-10 prototypes to get their design just right. And we will do whatever it takes to help you!

What To Do: • If you're not sure why your design didn't work out or if you think we goofed up on something, get in touch! service-at-ponoko-dot-com

• If you know what needs to change, revise your design and try again. To speed up the prototyping process, you can put multiple versions of your design on a single sheet of material and see which one works best.

 

You: My design looks pretty good but I need to add some finishing touches.

Us: Good idea! Finishing touches are what make laser cut designs go from good to great. 

What To Do: Check out our Finishing Techniques section on the forum. There's stuff on coloring engraving, washing felt, staining woods, etc.

 

You: Everything looks good, but I need to assemble the final product.

Us: Good for you! We would love to see pics! If you feel like sharing, tweet a photo to @Ponoko

What To Do: Right now, there's not much that we can do in the way of assembly. But here is some moral support: Assemble it! It will be awesome! Awesomeness assembled!

 

You: My design is all put together and looks super fly. I bet people would totally buy this thing.

Us: Nice! People totally would buy it. Or at least they might. You should find out.

What To Do: List it for sale somewhere. But here's the thing, you have to promote it even just a little bit or no one will know it's for sale. Give us a heads up that you're now selling your design, even if it's just one. We'll post it to facebook and tweet about it and maybe help you get your very first sale.

 

Did we leave out a scenario? Let us know in the comments and we'll come up with a What To Do for you.

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