This Instructable follows the same structure as my previous Instructables on making a laser-cut lamp and jewelry but it a little more experience (or persistence ) is needed for the Inkscape stages. As long as you've got a computer that can run a vector software package you'll be able to achieve some very cool results.
If you prefer to skip the Instructable and just get making, feel free to download the .eps files I've already created.
Let me know how you get on!
Step 1: Stuff you'll need
A steady hand
Ponoko Inkscape templates
Some double sided tape or glue at the end to assemble the backing board.
Step 2: Download and open Inkscape
Once you've downloaded the Inkscape application, follow the installation steps.
Once you've installed it, open up Inkscape so it's ready for the next step...
Step 3: Download and open the P3 template
Once you've downloaded the starter kit, you'll see there are 3 Ponoko templates to choose from.
Open the P3.svg Ponoko template. (You can double click on the file or use the menu options inside Inkscape (File > Open) and then find the file P3.svg from there.)
You'll see an orange box with the words 'safe area' when you open the P3.svg. For these decorations you'll be working work with the largest material size available - the P3. Its dimensions are 31.1 x 15.1 inches or 790 x 384 mm.
If you're interested, you'll find the starter kit includes the Ponoko making guide which contains all sorts of helpful information about designing and making with Ponoko.