Can I have my design made on a material that is not in Ponoko's catalog?

When we rolled out our custom materials option for Prime members back in 2009, we were really excited about prospective designs and materials.

As time passed, we learned that many custom materials would take a month to arrive, and quality of new (untested) materials was a concern.

Because quality and speed are the two things we obsess about here, we've decided to do custom materials in a new way ...

To see your custom material in our catalog, here's the new process:

1) Check your new material choice does not already exist in our materials catalog.

2) Add your new material choice to our materials suggestion form.

3) Every 3 months, we'll launch new materials to our catalog based on your suggestions.

We'll test this new process and listen to your feedback to ensure we're able to bring new materials to you that we have pre-tested for quality and delivery speed.

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    Andres Schulz

    Does the 0.4mm stainless steel bend easily, as to make a cylinder with the whole sheet?

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    Dan Devorkin

    Hi Andres - 

    It does bend fairly easily so yes you could make a cylinder.



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    Connor nishijima

    Sent this to Shannon earlier:

    Any chance you guys have looked into stocking clear acrylic with a "one-way-glass" finish? Your "magic mirror" sales would go through the roof! ;)

    I'd love to tout Ponoko as my supplier if that was an option!
    (I have not looked into the logistics of getting this material in bulk, feel free to shut me down!)
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    Jan Cohen

    Hi guys,

    Quick question: what if I wanted to get materials like Acrylite's Signflex and some of the other diffusing materials they offer cut by you... if I were to order let's say some P3 sized sheets that were .118 or .177 thick from them, could you guys take on that sort of job if I had them shipped to you?



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    Hi all, Can you tell me which process was used to get the crisp text on the second image below? The top image uses etching, and it's so fuzzy. I'm looking for clean line text in about 8pt, like the lower image. Suggestions?


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    Dan Emery


    Crisp looking text at 8pt is going to be tough. 

    You'll want to pick a clean, geometric font with even strokes. Avenir or Work Sans could work well.

    Additionally, you'll probably want to increase the spacing between the letters to ensure they don't bleed together.

    Hope that helps!

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