Design

I'm not a designer. Can I still use Glowforge?

Absolutely! The Glowforge interface makes it easy to create laser projects. You can start with something as basic as a hand-drawn image, or use software like Photoshop or even clip art. You can also purchase ready-to-print projects from our catalog for more complex prints like lamps, satchels, and even flying helicopters!

I'd like to put my designs in the Glowforge catalog. How do I submit them?

We can't wait to see what you come up with it, but we're not quite ready to begin accepting submissions yet. When we are ready, we'll announce it on Twitter, Facebook, and in our Glowforge Owners forum (community.glowforge.com). At that time, we'll also have more information about how the catalog program works.

Which design platforms does Glowforge work with?

Glowforge is compatible with JPG, PNG, SVG, PDF, EPS, & a host of other file types. You can create files from a variety of different software platforms like Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, Autodesk 360, & Sketchup. We will offer integrations with some applications like Adobe Illustrator, but you can always upload files directly to our cloud service to have them printed to your Glowforge. There, it will automatically interpret them in a way that makes the most sense (engraving bitmaps, cutting lines) and show you a preview of the results. You can drag the images around on your material to position them where you want them. If you want even more control, you have the options of experimenting with settings like speed and power.

What's the Glowforge catalog?

It’s a listing of beautiful designs that can be purchased for simple printing and easy customization. We're working out all the details now, including things like who can submit, how pricing works, what requirements there are, and the details of what you can do with prints once you've purchased them. The catalog itself won't launch until after Glowforge ships.

What is trace mode?

Trace mode allows you to cut or engrave a hand-drawn illustration directly onto your material. Glowforge scans material with a drawing on it, then cuts and engraves over the top. It also saves your trace so you can repeat it, enlarge it, and save it for later.