Ponoko continues to get awesome press

PonokoNow local Ponoko is in the printed version of Wired (16.04):
Jeffrey Wegesin is a furniture maker. His most popular creation is a curvaceous side table, and even though he has sold only two copies of it, he has already turned a profit. He did it without so much as setting foot in a wood shop. And he is not alone. Wegesin is one of 5,000 merchants who have established accounts with Ponoko, a year-old on-demand manufacturing service in New Zealand. Designers upload their blueprints to Ponoko's servers; when a customer places an order, Ponoko's laser cutters automatically trim wood and plastic to create the product on the spot. Wegesin, a Web designer, sells the tables through the site for $250, not including shipping. He then pays Ponoko $124 for each table to cover the cost of materials and cutting fees. The $252 he's brought in so far may not be much, but because he incurred no up-front costs it comes as pure profit.

Ponoko - a Wellington based global distributed manufacturing site where YOU can make the coolest of things - that's my take, this is theirs:
Ponoko is the world's first personal manufacturing platform. It's the online space for a community of creators and consumers to use a global network of digital manufacturing hardware to co-create, make and trade individualized product ideas on demand.

The ponoko.com marketplace connects creators, consumers, digital manufacturing hardware and service providers to promote, make and trade products on Ponoko and social networking websites.

And there's loads of buzz about Ponoko and what they do because it's very different to the usual "web 2.0" site - it actually produces something, something you can touch and treasure and give to someone else. It rocks!

I am still waiting for inspiration but know a few that have already used Ponoko (her and her from the Who is using Ponoko? section of Ponoko's About page for a start) and loved it. I have seen some cracking bits 'n' pieces and ... heck, this weekend I am designing something special for the Riversdales! Already have downloaded Inkscape and the Ponoko templates so let the muse rest upon me ... it might be some jewellery a la Sue

Oh - and they're hiring, go for it!
And who are they, read about Dave, Derek and the rest of the team

About Ponoko - the big idea


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