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PCBWay And Ponoko Partner To Make Hardware For Pro Makers

by: Oct 17,2019 589 Views 4 Comments Posted in News


Two Companies, One Vision

Ponoko and PCBWay have joined forces to help professional makers dream up and create the most innovative electronic devices and systems available today. The companies have developed a digital creative workflow for pro makers to build custom electronics and shells with precise accuracy, marketability and the all-important ease, speed and reduced cost that comes with working digitally.


While they have manufactured parts for the likes of Amazon and Intel, their mission is to help hardware startup founders, CEOs, engineers & designers go from idea to prototype to product to market 10x faster and less cost than ever before. Taking a product to market has been a hard road. But Ponoko makes this easier by bringing online the process of designing and making custom electronics faceplates, enclosures and parts. Startups can get started with just 1 prototype part from $18, then scale to 10,000 production parts at 90% off per part.


The process of developing a printed circuit board, or other electronic device is delicate, exacting work. The precision needed can only be made by the latest technology and processes. The PCBA services specialize in enterprise and small volume production. This means inventors with brilliant ideas can prototype and develop their project at a reasonable cost. This brings dreams to reality and innovation to the forefront of the technology industry. Customers from over 170 countries use the PCBWay services to develop their inventions and produce marketable circuit boards and electronics quickly, efficiently and without the high cost.

Together, Complete Hardware Products Are Made

Ponoko and PCBWay have partnered to create precise, inexpensive, and market-ready electronic devices, from small to large volumes. Their combined efforts produce fantastic results for small volume customers with a limited budget, founders getting started and startups who are scaling their businesses. We are collaborating to offer an end to end solution for inventive engineers and designers to make hardware products to precise specification – from one test prototype to thousands of final products in the hands of happy users.

Skoobot: A Collaborative Inspiration That Turned A Dream To Reality

The combination of electronics, 3D printing and laser cutting created an amazing robot called Skoobot. Built to play games, examine robotics and teach programming to children, the Skoobot is being produced with the collaborative efforts of PCBWay and Ponoko.

What Is Skoobot?

Skoobot is a tiny robot that does big things in education and gaming. After seeing the interaction of children at an ADHD camp, the inventor of Skoobot Bill Weiler became inspired, so he designed and made Skoobot for them.

The Making Of Skoobot

When Bill was building Skoobot, he thought of something small and easy for children to handle, but also using it should be fun. The units are one-inch cubes, full of amazing technology, such as Bluetooth Low Energy wireless, a 32-bit processor, distance sensors, microphone and buzzer. Made using electronics from PCBWay and laser cut parts from Ponoko, Skoobot is easily controlled through an Android phone or Raspberry Pi. All the software is open source, so besides being inexpensive to build it is free to program.

Getting Started At Ponoko (With 25% Off For PCBWay Peeps) 

To help you create faceplates, panels or enclosures that look just as amazing on the outside as the components are on the inside, PCBWay is teaming up with Ponoko to help you bring your vision to life.

Laser cutting with Ponoko is easy. Simply head over to Ponoko, choose a material, upload your design file, get an instant quote and order online. Easy.

Click this special Ponoko link to get 25% off your first order. Consider it a welcome gift for PCBWay people to use Ponoko for the first time.

Got questions about laser cutting? Contact the Ponoko team at hello-at-ponoko.com for answers.

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