Ponoko Overwhelmed

By on July 3rd, 2009 in blog



Ponoko, the innovative self-manufacturing service recently opened a new hub in San Francisco to more rapidly serve their North American clients. Previously, Ponoko had only one manufacturing hub at their secret New Zealand base.

Now we find that demand for service at the USA hub has apparently outstripped Ponoko’s capacity:

With our new USA hub getting slammed with digital making requests within just 2 weeks of its launch, we’ve carefully cultivated a serious case of sleep deprivation.

To help us avoid this into the future, we thought some Bay Area locals might like to come and lend a hand from time to time.

Whether it’s for the love or for the money, no sweat.

If this sounds a little bit like you, we’re ‘taking names’ for random call ups every now and again. And who knows, something even more profound might develop?!

To add your name to the call up list, email us: service-at-ponoko.com

The economy might be bad, but it’s clearly not bad everywhere. Hmm, do we hear the sound of the 21st century industry emerging?

Via Ponoko Blog

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!

1 comment

  1. I'd have to agree with you. Ponoko is so overwhelmed that they're… underwhelming.

    I live in San Francisco, so when Ponoko insists on fabbing my parts in New Zealand and then shipping them, literally, half-way around the world I cringe.

    My uninformed guess is that their plant in San Francisco is incomplete and doesn't support many of the materials or operations that their New Zealand plant does.

    Every project I've priced on Ponoko has been set to ship from New Zealand, which is a deal-breaker for me.


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