The iconic 3D Laser Printer
Make magical things at the push of a button.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use Adobe Photoshop or any JPG from your camera
Use Adobe Illustrator, free software like Inkscape, or any PDF
Export from CAD software to create complex dimensional objects