ponoko's 'photomake' turns hand drawings into real life things
ponoko's 'photomake' turns hand drawings into real life things ponoko's 'photomake' turns hand drawings into real life things
sep 24, 2008

ponoko's 'photomake' turns hand drawings into real life things

first draw your design on paper with a felt tip pen

ponoko is ‘the world’s first personal manufacturing platform.’ the site enables users to make, share, sell and buy products that are digitally manufactured based on designs by users. the one caveat was that anyone wishing to design something needed to use design software in order to make their product with ponoko. a new service offered on the site now opens up their service to anyone with a pen, paper and digital camera. ‘photomake’ allows its users to submit designs they simply drew on paper and transform them into real products. the unusual thing about the products created in ‘photomake’ is that every minor detail from the hand drawing is picked up by the machine and visible in the final product. more sophisticated users can even turn their jpg, gif or png files into products. plus, ‘photomake’ users can not only make their own design themselves, they can also sell it to other users on the ponoko storefront.


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take a picture of your drawing with your digital camera

upload your image to the site and send it off to be made

your design will be manufactured from your original drawing

receive your complete design in the mail

  • Thanks so much for information on ponoko site.
    This will change my life 🙂
    I can’t wait to upload my own designs!

    petra says:

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