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Custom Parts Made 3D Printed Or Laser Cut Parts with Ponoko

It is a “Personal Factory”; it in effect lets you design a digital product and have it custom made for you and your needs and projects. You may not have a 3D printer, laser cutter, or a ShopBot CNC router, so you “Ponoko” it.

To put it in simple terms, Ponoko or Personal Factory is a universal printer driver that enables easy to use product creation apps to ‘talk with’ manufacturing devices, without the app developers needing to understand the complexity of the machines. Co-founder Derek Elley shared some insights with me into how Ponoko came to be and how it is an opportunity for the maker community.

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