Ponoko in the News

By on May 28th, 2009 in blog

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We always get a little excited when fabbing hits mainstream news because it means we’re getting a teensy bit closer to a world of digital fabrication. One example of this comes from 3News New Zealand, who’ve recently done a short piece on Ponoko, their local (and global to the rest of the world) 21st century personal manufacturing service. The highlights:

  • Derek Elley, Ponoko Co-Founder speaks of the power of digital manufacturing: Make, then sell
  • Some 70% of Ponoko’s orders come from North America. As a result, they’ve recently opened an office in San Francisco
  • The San Francisco office proves they can “export physical products digitally without shipping costs”
  • Views behind the scenes at Ponoko, where objects are created
  • Their laser cutter now runs 16-17 hours per day, six days a week

Ponoko has a very interesting business model. We like think of it as a kind of distributed slow-speed replicator.

Via 3News

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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