Glowforge

The iconic 3D Laser Printer

Make magical things at the push of a button.

$27,907,995 sold in 30 days
The biggest 30-day crowdfunding campaign in history

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What can you print with Glowforge?

  • Hardwoodskin

    Personalized hardwood skin for Macbook Pro

    Print Time: 19 min
    Material Cost: $9.00
  • Drone

    Drone with dual rubberband gatling guns

    Print Time: 153 min
    Material Cost: $721.00
  • Satchel

    Kip leather custom satchel

    Print Time: 133 min
    Material Cost: $58.00
  • Paperart

    Watercolor papercut artwork

    Print Time: 6 min
    Material Cost: $3.00
  • Spicejars

    Engraved glass spice jars

    Print Time: 9 min
    Material Cost: $10.00
  • Stringlamp

    Yarn and plywood glow lamps

    Print Time: 102 min
    Material Cost: $28.00
  • Hemisphereshelf

    Interlocking spherical wall shelf

    Print Time: 27 min
    Material Cost: $11.00
  • Woodmap

    Plywood bathymetric map & frame

    Print Time: 183 min
    Material Cost: $32.00

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Built on Laser Cutter/Engraver Technology

Glowforge uses a beam of light the width of a human hair to cut, engrave, and shape designs from a variety of materials

Glowforge can
cut...

Wood left

...and it can
engrave.

Wood right

12 revolutionary features that give you creative laser superpowers

  • Design with a pen

    1. Design with just a pen

    Glowforge’s onboard cameras can cut & engrave directly over top of your drawing. From a doodle to a diagram to a masterpiece, you’re one button away from a finished product. Or, scan drawings and resize, clone, personalize & edit them right in Glowforge software.

  • Precision preview

    2. Precision Preview

    The camera shows the actual material on the Glowforge bed so you can drag around your design with your mouse or finger. Align it perfectly & see what it will look like before you hit print.

  • 3d autofocus

    3. 3D Autofocus

    The lens moves as the laser travels, so you can cut & engrave materials that are curved, uneven, or irregular. Glowforge’s dual cameras measure the thickness of the material to a precision of four one thousandths of an inch.

  • Recognize materials

    4. Recognize materials

    Glowforge’s cameras recognize a variety of specially-coded materials, plus your iPhone or laptop for perfect settings without any guesswork. It also supports presets for other materials you use regularly.

  • Catalog

    5. Catalog

    Personalized designer jewelry. The perfect shoulder bag, with customizable compartments. Lighting, housewares, art, party goods, furniture - no art degree required. The Glowforge catalog lets you buy & print intricate, beautiful designs.

  • Compatible icons

    6. Compatible

    Work from your Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, & Windows or Linux computer with JPG, PNG, PDF, EPS, & a host of other file types from software like Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, Autodesk, & Sketchup.

  • Just one plug

    7. Just one plug

    Glowforge uses a regular household outlet & connects via wifi. Cooling, fans, & everything else is built in. Use without ventilation for materials like stone & glass, or ventilate out the window for materials like acrylic & leather. Or, add a Glowforge Air Filter & cut anywhere.

  • Optical alignment

    8. Optical Alignment

    The dual cameras align the laser head with the frame, with your design, and with your material. Glowforge realigns with every cut and engrave, adjusting timing and position, so every print comes out perfectly.

  • Kerf

    9. Precision within a kerf

    The laser works by removing a hairsbreadth of material, called the kerf. Glowforge knows this and compensates, so if you draw two puzzle pieces, they’ll fit. Even better, the Glowforge can measure the material thickness so 3D objects slide together perfectly.

  • High res engraving

    10. 3D high-res engraving

    Engrave complex, three dimensional curves with 1,000 DPI resolution. To get perfect detail and sculpt with real depth, Glowforge can carve away material with multiple passes, each one focusing more deeply than the last.

  • Safe for schools

    11. Safe for schools

    Under US Food & Drug Administration regulations, Glowforge Basic is categorized as a Class 1 laser, like a DVD player, so no special precautions are required to use it. The Pro model is Class 4 device like other lasers, and requires additional precautions.

  • Air filter

    12. Air Filter upgrade

    The unique Glowforge Air Filter lets you put the Glowforge anywhere, no matter what material you’re cutting. It snaps right under the Glowforge and makes it just 7” taller. It’s $600. Alternately, you can use the Basic model near a window with the included duct.

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Design with the software you’re used to.

Personalize with photos

Not a designer? Meet our catalog.

Choose a design from dozens of categories like personal electronics, jewelry, toys, furniture, leather goods, lighting, containers, art, and more.

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Specs Summary & Upgrades

Material Capability

  • 12” x 20” (Glowforge Basic)
  • 20” by ∞ (Glowforge Pro)

Software

  • Drag-and-drop with live preview
  • Trace mode engraves over drawings
  • JPG, PNG, TIF, SVG, AI, DXF, PDF, & more

Hardware

  • Dual cameras: wide angle & macro
  • Custom 40W (basic) / 45W (pro) laser
  • Optical thickness measurement
  • Continuous realtime autofocus
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