Introducing Draftboard, black crumb tray improvements, and default cut order


Draftboard™ is here

We’ve heard time and again that Glowforge owners love Proofgrade materials, but they’re overkill for some projects. Sometimes you need a strong, simple, inexpensive material - for example, for your first draft. We’re excited to introduce Draftboard, an engineered wood product that’s designed to work perfectly with lasers. It’s strong and engraves crisply and clearly. You can use it as a thrifty drop-in substitute for our finished plywood products when a plain and unfinished surface meets your project’s needs. It’s the same thickness as our hardwood plywood, so when your design works with Draftboard, it’ll work with Proofgrade plywood. It even looks sharp when painted!

It has the same masking and barcoding as all of our Proofgrade materials, so you can print knowing it will work perfectly every time. Like all our materials, you never need to worry about settings or configuration. It’s covered by the same quality warranty as all Proofgrade materials. And the best part: it costs about one third as much as hardwood plywood, so it’s an ideal choice for drafting.

The Glowforge Shop is open to people who’ve received their Glowforge. If you have access, you can find Draftboard there now.

Upgraded positioning for black crumb trays

We have improved our machine vision system to make systems with black honeycomb trays calibrate as quickly as machines with silver trays. Previously, we’d sometimes require more images (and time) to calibrate with black trays when the machine is first powered on.

Default cut order

Based on feedback from many of you, we’re changing our default software behavior to put engraves first and cuts second. As always, you can drag and drop steps to reorder them if you prefer a different order.

The manual is now available through the Glowforge App, including a guided tour of your first three prints. We’ll be publishing new content frequently, so check back if you encounter an issue or are curious about how to do something new.