Oct 4, 2015

Glowforge 3D Laser Printer or Laser Cutter and Engraver

Glowforge presents their device which they named "3D Laser Printer". The name itself is somewhat misleading and there are many negative comments about it on this video. It is not an additive manufacturing device but a desktop laser cutter and engraver.

Other than confusing name, the machine itself looks interesting, relatively low in price - USD 1995 on preorder - and comes with model catalog of stuff you can cut or engrave.

Technical specifications:
  • 12” x 20” (Glowforge Basic)
  • 20” by ∞ (Glowforge Pro)Software
  •  Drag-and-drop with live preview
  • Trace mode engraves over drawings
  • JPG, PNG, TIF, SVG, AI, DXF, PDF, & moreHardware
  • Dual cameras: wide angle & macro
  • Custom 40W (basic) / 45W (pro) laser
  • Optical thickness measurement
  • Continuous realtime autofocus
  • Detailed specifications: http://glowforge.com/tech-specs/

Here is a longer and detailed video presentation:

General description video:

Glowforge homepage:


You can see various things that can be lasercut on Glowforge Pinterest:


Update (11.12.2016.):

Here is the Glowforge review by Tested crew: