As the majority of us don’t appear to have access to lasers now, maybe it would be interesting to start a thread to share opinions/tips regarding online (or offline?) laser cutting services—in case it’s useful reference for anyone wanting to get some head-start practice.
I have used Ponoko a few times and will continue to do so at least until I get my GF : https://www.ponoko.com/
I have only used their bamboo veneer material: http://www.ponoko.com/make-and-sell/show-material/52-bamboo-ply
I have been happy with the results/service (and love that material) however it is pretty pricey to ship to Canada. My only issue was that my software unknowingly scaled the dimensions of my SVG during export - so I was initially sad to receive a cut that was %66 smaller than what I expected. I learned to always double-check the dimensions of the final exported file, and have had no problems since (and that “problem” turned out to be a happy-accident, as the smaller version worked better!)
Would have preferred to work with someone local, but the shops near me seem to have fairly poor service (my guess is that it’s because they are too busy with larger clients to deal with small-timers like me).
Anyone have different opinions/experiences with Ponoko, or of any other services?