Archive for August, 2010

Ponoko now fabricating in the UK via RazorLAB

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

You’ve probably all noticed by now that Ponoko are now offering fabrication facilities in the UK via RazorLAB. I thought I’d post to show off my new laser etched bed for my Reprap Mendel. I could have cut this one by hand, but I got it lasercut and etched for reasons of curiosity.

An MDF bed for my Reprap Mendel. Laser etched and cut at RazorLAB.

I have to say that the service and turnaround from Ponoko and RazorLAB was great. Ponoko only promises a 28 day turnaround for non Prime members. My order was shipped in 3 days! Fantastic! The bed looks great and I’m happy with the results. For reference, the material used is 3.6mm ‘Natural MDF’ , and the text and logo are done in ‘Medium Raster’. All files were prepared using Inkscape.

Although I think the bed is a little on the thin side for a perfect print surface, it is a lot flatter than the curved 4.8mm aluminium bed I have been using up until now.