Apptivus LLC Fires Up Its Rubber Band Gun On Kickstarter
Three years ago, Apptivus LLC ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for a product designed and built with laser cut materials. Almost 1,000 units of a desktop trebuchet, the Pennypult, were sold. After the campaign concluded, the Apptivus folks told us they were “surprised and relieved” at how smoothly the production and fulfilment went. One of the major keys to their success? “Partnering with Ponoko.”
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Play Like An Architect With A Waves Jigsaw Puzzle
We love getting behind our customer’s crowd funding projects. So when Benny Sachs and Eric Hoffman reached out to let us know they were taking their playful architecture puzzle to market, we were thrilled.
Moda, a new brand founded by architects Benny and Eric, makes puzzles without images. Laser cut from tinted acrylic sheets, the Waves Puzzle challenges players to explore the logic of the joints themselves.
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Dandelion Sound Transforms Vintage Suitcases Into Custom Boomboxes
Aleksey Bochkovsky says he’s always been a hands-on person with much appreciation for tangible art. Once you see the boomboxes he makes from vintage luggage at Dandelion Sound, you’ll understand why.
“Vintage wooden suitcases provide great esthetics and decent sound,” Aleksey explains. “I’ve seen other people make similar designs, but I take it further by creating functional art that is way more than sum of the parts.”
Most other vintage suitcase boomboxes simply have speakers directly installed into the case walls.
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SpaceTime Coordinates’ Latest Crowdfunding Campaign Reaches For The Stars With Mementos That Capture Precise Planetary Positions
Have you ever wondered what our solar system looked like the day you were born? Or graduated from high school or college? What about the day you got married or the birth of your first child?
Time travel back to 2014, and these were the questions Govy, a Tokyo-based award-winning French artist, had on her mind.
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We’re thankful to all our customers for putting their trust in us, and we take great pride and joy at being a part of their journey as they create products to start,
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Maker Needlessly Complex’s Exposed Gear Clocks Make Time Keeping Easy—And Oh So Fun
As a maker, how many times do you see something really cool and think, “I could totally make that myself…”? Happens all the time, right?
But how often do you actually make it? Ah, there’s the rub.
Like you, Henry Stafford has seen his share of interesting products to make, such as exposed gear bike chain clocks he often stumbles upon while surfing the web.
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Maker Galactic Affair Represents People Who Want To Revolt Against Fast Fashion
Like many kids, Rachel Buske grew up playing video games and watching sci-fi movies, and she unleashed her creativity by making costumes out of staples and felt. Owning a small business certainly wasn’t on her young mind.
But after attending college and entering the workforce, something changed. She needed a new creative outlet. One that was inspired by the things she loved growing up.
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By Developing The Lixie, Engineer And Maker Connor Nishijima Was Able To Quit His Day Job
Why did you start making? If your like many makers, the reason is typically because the item you wanted didn’t exist in the form you needed. Or if it did exist, the price point wasn’t budget friendly.
That’s the case for Connor Nishijima. As an engineer, his passion is to solve problems, most of which he confesses are his own.
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Insights From A Decade-Long Ponoko Maker And Etsy Seller Melanie Lynn
Melanie Lynn Penn, jewelry designer and owner of Etsy shop Melanie Lynn Design, has been making jewelry as long as she can remember, getting started at her father’s work bench in the family garage. “He had an old paint can filled with random old metal odds and ends,” she says. “I started playing around with the pieces I found, hammering them into shapes and bending them with pliers.
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Profet Keyboards Turned A DIY Mechanical Keyboard Hobby Into A Full-Blown Side Hustle By Addressing A Painful Problem
Sit in on just about any business strategy meeting, and you’ll hear execs talking about determining customers’ pain points and how they can create products and services to alleviate that pain. In most instances, this “pain” is figurative, a metaphor for a business problem that needs to be solved.
But for Ben Grabkowitz,
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