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Glowforge Launches 30-day Pre-Order for 3D Laser Printer

Desktop Laser Offers One Button Printing of Products, from Messenger Bags to Artwork
September 24, 2015 06:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Glowforge, a Seattle-based hardware startup that raised $9 million earlier this year, today announced pre-orders for their 3D laser printer. The Glowforge desktop laser creates beautiful and useful products, from leather wallets to hardwood jewelry boxes, with one press of its single button. Designs come from software like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, the Glowforge premium online catalog, or even an intricate pen drawing, making it suitable for uses ranging from children’s art projects to professional production. During the 30 day pre-order campaign, it will be available at a breakthrough price of $1,995, which is half off the MSRP of $3,995.

Unlike traditional 3D printers, Glowforge uses subtractive technology that cuts and engraves dozens of materials, instead of additive technology that builds up plastic. The process is straightforward. First, the creator chooses a project and places a piece of material like paper, wood, or leather inside. Glowforge automatically produces a 3D scan of the material, adapting the design based on its measurements. Second, they preview and make any adjustments on their Mac, PC, or tablet. Glowforge’s dual cameras capture the material and render an accurate preview of the final product. Third, they push Glowforge’s single button. Glowforge runs automatically, using autofocus to achieve accurate depth and position. Typical prints take between two and twenty minutes. Some projects are ready immediately; others snap together with tabs and slots.

"When I got access to a laser, it changed the way my family and I thought about the things we use every day. My kids started asking me to make things instead of buy them, like costumes and furniture and birthday presents for their friends. But the laser was slow, hard to use, and far too dangerous for kids! I wanted one for my own home, and there were no affordable choices on the market," said Dan Shapiro, Glowforge CEO and cofounder. "When we set out to make the laser affordable, our first decision was to put the software in the cloud and make extensive use of smartphone components. We quickly realized that we could use these technologies make Glowforge as intuitive and delightful to use as our favorite smart devices. Now, I see designers, artists, and creative people of every stripe walk up to a Glowforge, and make incredible ideas come to life."

Glowforge has the following specifications:

Glowforge also offers a number of unique features:

Glowforges will start shipping at the end of 2015. The base model is available at a pre-order campaign price of $1,995, half of the anticipated MSRP. International shipping will be available to over 100 countries at launch. Pre-orders can be placed at http://glowforge.com. Glowforge previously raised $9 million in funding from Foundry Group, True Ventures, and executives from Google and MakerBot.

About Glowforge

Glowforge is a Seattle-based startup that makes a 3D laser printer. Glowforge's wireless desktop laser makes it simple for designers, artists, and makers to take products directly from digital design to reality. Unlike 3D printers that build objects out of plastic, Glowforge uses lasers to print products out of durable and beautiful materials like wood, leather, acrylic, paper and fabric. A sleek and efficient design makes this industrial-grade technology beautiful and affordable, and a friendly cloud-based app makes it easy to create amazing things with Glowforge. For more information, please visit https://glowforge.com/.