Latest Improvements

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Updates to the UI

Improved visuals

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Last week we released User Interface improvements, including brighter, most visible lines. The feedback was fantastic! Based on your thoughtful comments, we added an option so you can switch between thinner lines that give you more precision (now the default), and thicker lines that are easier to see. Thank you for helping us make things even better!

If you prefer the extreme visibility of the thicker lines, we’ve got you covered – you can choose More visible in the Preferences menu!

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Cardboard settings, new Catalog design pages & updates to the UI

For Premium members: Settings for Corrugated Cardboard in Early Access Starting this week, Premium members will get early access to presets for cutting, scoring, and engraving on some types of corrugated cardboard. These have been tested with plain, unmarked cardboard of the thickness Amazon uses with their shipping boxes.

However, Glowforge can’t guarantee materials from third parties - they may use different glues or have other material differences that could create problems. As always, watch your Glowforge while it’s printing.

To get started, turn on “Settings for 1/8” Corrugated Cardboard” and “Settings for 5/32” Corrugated Cardboard” in Premium Early Access:

New Catalog design pages

In April we announced that you can start selling your designs in our Catalog. Owner creations are now some of the most popular designs, and Catalog prints are at an all-time high. So to make catalog designs clearer and easier to browse, we’re upgrading to a brand new look.

Improved visuals

We’ve been working to streamline interacting with the App Workspace. It’s now easier to select and manipulate objects, and new, brighter colors will make it easier to see your artwork in the workspace - with accessibility options for people who have trouble seeing colors, too.

Here are some of the changes we think you’ll love:

  • Thicker lines and brighter colors make it easier to see your artwork in the workspace
  • Resize and rotate handles are easier to see, especially against bright materials
  • Adjusted selection box size makes it easy to move and resize very small objects
  • Harder to accidentally drag objects when they overlap
  • Selecting an object in the workspace highlights it in the canvas and vice versa
  • Arrow keys now nudge at even increments (.1in and .25in or 0.5mm/2mm)
  • Holding shift while moving artwork limits movement to 45° angles
  • Preferences Menu that lets you choose from 5 color palettes for your workspace
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Print on copy paper

Your Glowforge is taking precision printing to a whole new level using preset settings for cutting, scoring, and engraving plain paper. The settings are tuned for standard 20 lb office copy paper.

Starting today, new owners will see an Onboarding Checklist in their Dashboard that walks you through how to get started with your Glowforge.

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Improving camera performance & new catalog designs

We have a new firmware update that improves communication with the cameras on your Glowforge, which can cause pictures to load faster and may reduce camera errors. The firmware will update automatically the next time you turn on your Glowforge.

New catalog designs

This week, we’re adding even more designs to the Glowforge Catalog. Choose your favorite hardwood to print these Ginkgo Leaf and Cherry Blossom Earrings, or a playful acrylic for these Hummingbird and Pouncing Foxes Swirl Earrings.

Decorate your favorite cupcakes with this Double Happiness Cupcake Topper (also available in a Stylized Swan), or stretch your fingers with this Three-Axis Spinner Toy.

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Search your designs from the dashboard; New catalog contents; Bigger Print Menu

We’re making it easier for you to find designs on your dashboard. By default, your designs are sorted by the last opened date so that you can see your most recent prints first. With design search, it’s easy to find your designs by title.

New catalog designs!

This week, we’re adding a bunch more designs to the Glowforge Catalog. Check out the Lotus Blossom Shippo Earrings, solve this a Pocket Pentomino Puzzle, or spruce up your workspace with this Desktop Pen Holder (also available with an added Business Card Display).

Bigger print panel in your workspace

Next time you print, you may notice that the Print Panel on the right of your workspace looks a bit different. We’ve made this panel a bit more spacious so it’s easier to read messages on any device.

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New Premium perks: sell your designs in the Glowforge Catalog; print on copy paper

Premium Early Access: Sell your designs in the Glowforge Catalog

You can now apply to sell your designs in the Glowforge Catalog, and - if they’re accepted - get paid every time they’re printed.

Whether you create practical prints for everyday problems, extraordinary works of art, or a little bit of both, we think the Glowforge Catalog can be incredibly rewarding for you. We always say here that Glowforge is magical, but we both know it’s the things you create that are the real magic. We want to see you and thousands of designers like you earn money directly from your creativity.

Premium Early Access: Print on copy paper

You can now take precision printing to a whole new level using preset settings for cutting, scoring, and engraving on 20 lb copy paper. To get started, turn on “Settings for Copy Paper” in Early Access.

If you’re looking for a delightful first print on paper, try the Made with Love Gift Insert that’s free for Premium members.

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Manual Setting Improvement

Manual Setting Improvement

Thanks to your feedback, we’ve added a switch to the manual settings that lets you turn off autofocus. If you set it, you can manually enter the focus height to use during the print.

We're talking about the latest improvements in the Community Forum.

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Coming to Glowforge Print: Printscan

Coming to Glowforge Print: Printscan™

Designs that concentrate lots of laser energy in a tiny space can lead to charring, discoloration, and material damage. That can leave you with a mess instead of the project you wanted.

To help combat this, we’re releasing Printscan. Printscan estimates if your print will experience material damage due to the concentration of laser energy. If Printscan concludes that there’s a high risk of material damage, it will give you a warning.

Premium button

Many of you have asked how to subscribe to Glowforge premium once it’s expired, and we’ve added a button to make it easy.

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Now available in beta: Live chat support & Printscan

Live chat support is being beta tested at https://support.glowforge.com/.

The live chat beta provides customer service and technical support from 10 am to 2 pm Pacific time Monday through Friday.

When chat is available, you’ll see a chat button at the lower right corner.

If no one is available, you can click the support button to leave us a message and we’ll reply by email.

New in Early Access for Glowforge Premium: Printscan™ beta

Designs that concentrate lots of laser energy in a tiny space can lead to charring, discoloration, and material damage. That can leave you with a mess instead of the project you wanted.

To help combat this, we’re releasing a beta of Printscan. Printscan beta estimates if your print will experience material damage due to the concentration of laser energy. If Printscan concludes that there’s a high risk of material damage, it will give you a warning.

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Improving wifi connectivity

We have an update to the firmware on your Glowforge that will improve wifi connectivity for some users. The update will be rolled out gradually in the coming week and be automatically applied when you start up your Glowforge.

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