You Made Something Magical & Alignment Improvement

We want to highlight the creators that make our company possible (you!), and the creations that they’ve built. So we’ve created a new set of pages, an updated customer gallery. Everyone at the office lost 20 minutes of productivity the first time they checked it out and we've been sharing non-stop.

Your Glowforge lid camera makes it quick and easy to lay out your print. The actual print should always land within ¼” of where you put it, but we’ve seen that’s not true for everyone. We created the Lid Camera Calibration process to fix this.

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Focus Marker shows where your Glowforge autofocused

We have a new feature to improve autofocus on your Glowforge. Now, any time your Glowforge autofocuses, it will set a Focus Marker at the place where your Glowforge focused.

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Improved accelerometers

We are starting to roll out an improvement to the way the software uses the sensors that detect movement. If there’s a bump, your machine may now cancel (during the focusing step) or pause (during the print). This could occur, for example, if there’s an obstruction in the bed or if the Glowforge unit is jostled.

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Faster software & improved fan sensors

The files you upload by clicking "Upload" or "Add Artwork" are getting processed up to twice as fast!

A series of calculations to adjust for the height of the material used to take several seconds, but now they’ll happen instantly.

Finally, more accurate monitoring of your Air Assist Fan to reduce false alarms.

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Compact Filter, Set Focus, and Extreme Temperature Sensing

We've got a few updates for you this week.

You’ll find a new option under the gear icon that you’ll need to use if you own a Compact Filter. We’ve also added a second new tool under the gear: “Set Focus”.

Finally, your Glowforge already senses the temperature of the coolant in the laser to pause when it’s getting too warm, but your Glowforge just got smarter in a new way.

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Warmer weather operation - just in time for Spring

This week, we’ll be releasing software that improves the temperature sensing of your Glowforge. You’ll be able to operate your Basic, Plus, or Pro in temperatures that are 2-4° F (1-2° C) warmer without pauses.

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More information on file uploads

Some file uploads have information that’s hard for the App to process. For example, you might have a pattern fill on a shape, without realizing that it will be treated by the App as a solid color. Now, when you upload a file, you’ll get more detail when things don’t go as planned through more descriptive notifications.

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All of your designs in one place

Based on your feedback, we’ve upgraded your Dashboard. Now, instead of having to click “show more” over and over again, you can see a full-page view of all your files in one place.

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Account Login Updates

We've made updates to our login systems to improve the reliability of our service. As a result, over the next few weeks, you may notice a new address for the login page to the Glowforge app (at

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Give a heart, spark an idea

Every day, we come across amazing creations made by customers like you. We see personal mementos celebrating life’s moments, educational projects for kids, practical tools for everyday tasks, and simply stunning artwork. We see them in the community forum, in various social feeds, and sometimes it’s just a note sent to our team. Your creativity humbles and motivates us to improve your Glowforge experience each day.

We know how one great idea can inspire many more. So our team put together a quick daily dose of inspiration for the app dashboard. We hope seeing these will spark new ideas for you - whether it’s something you’ll want to make right now, or an aspiration for another day.

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