Ponoko's Photomake Turns Your Drawings Into Objects

Ponoko has a very cool new service called Photomake. You draw something with pencil and paper and upload it to Ponoko, and they will turn it into a "real life product."

This means you do not need to use graphics software to make something. This significantly lowers the entry barrier for all creative people who can hand draw using pen and paper but do not know how to use design software.

The first 100 Boing Boing readers to make something using Photomake will go into the draw to get their product made and delivered for free. To qualify they just need to enter “BoingBoing” in the Special Delivery Instructions text box on their way through the checkout.



  1. This is [i]awesome[/i]. Precision-cut, home designed clock gears, anyone?

    (Yes, I lack the tools and am too ham-fisted to cut my own)

  2. FYI, this same offer was posted on Mashable but Ponoko informed me that it was wrong – it should read that the first 100 people to enter in the code while making their object will go into a DRAWING for free building/shipping. Not all 100 people will get it for free.

  3. Other than being cute and custom, what sort of applications do you see this being applied to? I liked Bugs’ idea, though I wonder whether the material is that sturdy. And I can’t recall the last time I used a coaster made of anything tougher than posterboard.

    Nevertheless, I think I’ll try giving it a whirl.

  4. When I read the headline I was thinking it was 3D Printing as opposed to 2D Cutting. I am not saying 2D Cutting is bad, just jumped the gun. I suspect someone might do the same with 3D printing eventually. But one has to crawl before one can walk.

  5. It’s kindof a neat idea, but I think they could have used a better example for the video than a couple hastily drawn coasters. I really like
    BUGS’ idea of clock gears in comment #1.

  6. I was thinking it was 3D Printing as opposed to 2D Cutting

    Actually, I was look through their premade patterns and there’s plan for an acrylic reprap.

    And I’d just like to point out this is run out of New Zealand. Thank you.

  7. I’ve sent them a picture of my Death Ray; I expect to be holding the world for ransom withing the Fortnight!

  8. Slightly tangential but I’ve been meaning to try Pepakura, http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/, with my daughter for home “printing” of 3D paper models. While Pepakura isn’t free, unfortunately, it is quite cheap at $38. (To create the 3D models, the freely-available and powerful open-source program Wings3D, http://www.wings3d.com/, can be used.)

    Disclaimer, I have no affiliation with either of the above-mentioned packages.

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