Glowforge Tech Specs

Pick Your Model

Glowforge Pro

Choose the most powerful and capable Glowforge. Designed for all-day use. Cuts up to 20% faster, double warranty, and infinitely long prints with the passthrough slot. Upgraded optics, cooling, and laser power. Class 4 laser product.

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Glowforge Basic

Perfect for home, hobby, or occasional shop use, a Basic can create anything shown on the Glowforge home page. Sets up in minutes and comes with free software, support, and learning materials. Class 1 laser product.

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Air Filter Upgrade

When you combine your Glowforge Pro or Basic with an Air Filter, you can run your Glowforge anywhere without venting. Without, your Glowforge requires ventilation via a 4” diameter (10.2cm) hose through a window or dryer vent.

What’s an Air Filter and who should buy one?

Lasers - including Glowforge - normally require ventilation to the outdoors, for example through a window or dryer vent. Our Air Filter upgrade sits directly under Glowforge and ventilates using fine particulate filters and charcoal, meaning no outside ventilation is required.


  • Glowforge exterior (Pro and Basic): 38″ x 20.75″ x 8.25″ (965mm x 527mm x 210mm)
  • Air filter exterior: 38″ x 20.75″ x 7″ (965mm x 527mm x 178mm)

Work Area

  • Maximum material depth: 18" (455 mm) for Basic; unlimited for Pro
  • Maximum material width: 20″ (515 mm)
  • Cutting area: aprox. 11″ (279 mm) deep and 19.5″ (495 mm) wide
  • Maximum material height: 2″ (50mm)
  • Maximum material height with tray: 0.5″ (13mm)

Material Capability

Can safely print on any laser-compatible material, with examples below. Glowforge recommends Proofgrade™ materials for automatic settings and perfect results.

Cuts & Engraves

  • wood
  • fabric
  • leather
  • paper
  • cardboard
  • plexiglass (acrylic)
  • Delrin (acetal)
  • mylar
  • rubber
  • cork
  • sandpaper
  • foods
  • ...and more

Engraves Only

  • glass
  • marble
  • rubber stamps
  • stone
  • ceramic tile
  • anodized aluminum
  • titanium
  • corian
  • ...and more


  • Easy and powerful interface will have you printing in minutes
  • Web interface works on Mac, PC, Linux, and many mobile devices (internet required)
  • Compatible with JPG, PNG, SVG, PDF, and other file formats
  • Drag-and-drop layout with live camera preview to position designs on the material
  • Automatically scan drawings and print without design software
  • Catalog of premium, customizable, ready-to-print designs

One Button Print

When used with Proofgrade materials, automatically determines settings for perfect cutting and engraving


  • Wide Angle Camera — Mounted on the lid, provides a view of the entire printable area, accurate within 0.25" (6mm)
  • Macro Camera — Mounted on the head, provides extreme up-close information for autofocus, accurate within 0.004" (0.1mm)


  • Exquisitely precise — low-power laser measurement scans the surface of the material to determine the exact height
  • Completely Internal — Lens moves internally up and down inside the head to print on materials up to 0.5” (13mm) thick
  • Multipass — Focus can be shifted between engrave passes, allowing detailed depth engraves
  • Manual focus option — the laser can be focused at a precise height to experiment with a range of techniques


  • Dual high-efficiency internal LED strips give your work broad illumination for a wide angle view
  • Headlights under the lid give point illumination for precise precisioning

Laser System

  • CO2 Laser — Custom CO2 glass laser tube capable of continuous operation at 10,600 nm; rated at 40 watts for Basic Model and 45 watts for Pro Model
  • Fixed Alignment — Factory calibrated optical system does not require any alignment by the user
  • Sealed Optics — Enclosed optical path with cleanable and replaceable windows protects the laser optics to avoid replacement or realignment


  • Case — High modulus injection molded plastic
  • Linear System — Custom extruded aluminum linear rails with belt driven v-wheel carrier
  • Motion — Dual hybrid stepper Y axis; single hybrid stepper X axis
  • Cooling — Closed loop self contained internal cooling.
  • Air Assist — Internal air assist with no external compressor hookup required
  • Recommended Operating Temperature: 60F-75F (16C-25C) Basic; 60F-81F (16C-27C) Pro


  • 110/220 VAC
  • 50/60 HZ
  • Wi-Fi required (2.4 GHz b/g/n and WPA2, WPA, WEP, or open)
  • Glowforge Basic and Pro have 800W peak power consumption
  • Glowforge air filter has an additional 600W peak power consumption
  • Basic model is a CDRH Class 1 Laser Device
  • Pro model is a CDRH Class 4 Laser Device
  • Positioning precision to 0.001” (0.025mm)
  • Engraving up to 1355 DPI

Pro Upgrade

  • Passthrough slot allows the use of material that’s up to 1/4″ (6.3mm) high, up to 20” (50.8cm) wide, and as long as desired
  • Laser tube is upgraded from 40 watts to 45 watts
  • Higher quality optics provide for more beam power at the head
  • Faster cutting speeds
  • Upgraded solid state thermoelectric cooling
  • Double warranty


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Safety Notices

The Glowforge Basic unit is a Class 1 laser product.
Class 1 Laser Safety Notice

The Glowforge Pro is a Class 4 laser product and requires additional safety precautions.
Glowforge Pro Class 4 Laser Safety Notice