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Glowforge

Glowforge offers 3D laser printers based on laser cutting and engraving technology that cut, engrave, and shape designs from various materials.

Glowforge manufactures and markets multifunction 3D laser printers that utilize sensors and software to cut, engrave, and shape custom designs from a variety of materials, including leather, wood, acrylic, paper, foam, fabric, glass, and metal. Glowforge serves customers in the United States and Canada.

Products

Glowforge offers three printer variants: Glowforge Pro, Glowforge Plus, and Glowforge Basic. All models have the following features in common:

  • Compatibility with various materials
  • Live camera preview
  • Free web-based software
  • Autofocus and 3D engraving
  • Mac, PC, tablet, and smartphone compatibility
  • Exhaust hose ventilation kit
Features
Resolution

Glowforge printers can engrave materials at a resolution of 1,000 DPI.

FDA regulations

Under FDA regulations, the Glowforge Basic and Glowforge Plus are categorized as Class 1 lasers and require no special precautions to operate. The Pro model, however, is a Class 4 and requires additional precautions.

Design catalog

The design catalog on the Glowforge website enables users to browse, purchase, and print premade, personalizable designs.

Compatibility

Glowforge printers are compatible with Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows, and Linux systems. Designs to be printed can be created with Inkscape, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, GIMP, Fusion 360, Corel Draw, PowerPoint, or Google Docs. Compatible digital image formats include JPG, PDF, PNG, and SVG.

Cloud-based operation

Glowforge printers connect to the Internet through WiFi and are operated through a web browser; therefore, no software needs to be installed.

Pro, Plus, and Basic Glowforge models

The table below shows each printer's distinct features and price.

Glowforge models

Feature
Pro
Plus
Basic

Cut speed

120%

Enhanced cooling for all-day use

Yes

No

No

Enhanced top speed

3x

2x

Giant-size prints with Passthrough Slot

Yes

No

No

Laser tube power

45 watts

40 watts

40 watts

Price

$5,995

$3,995

$2,995

Upgraded hardware for improved speed

Yes

Yes

No

Warranty

12 months

12 months

6 months

Every model can be equipped with the company's proprietary air filter that enables users to print in unventilated spaces. The air filter is approximately the size of a recycle bin and costs $995. If the air filter is not used, the printers can be ventilated by being placed close to an open window.

GlowforgeEDU

GlowforgeEDU is a collection of creativity-oriented lessons with multiple difficulty levels for teachers that use Glowforge printers. These lessons are created and shared by teachers to teach students how to make things and devices of various kinds, such as motorized robots, balance scales, LED circuitry, and more.

Timeline

June 2021
Glowforge announces the launch of Proofgrade at CES 2018, a specialty line of materials for its printers.
June 2019
WeWork announces partnership with Glowforge and Formlabs to bring 3D printers and laser cutters to its offices.
2019
Glowforge announces the launch of the Glowforge 3D Laser Printer in Canada.
April 2018
Glowforge raises a $10,000,000 series B round from Foundry Group and True Ventures.
August 2016
Glowforge raises a $22,000,000 series B round from Foundry Group and True Ventures.
October 2015
Glowforge raises a $27,900,000 crowdfunding.
May 2015
Glowforge raises a $9,000,000 series A round from Bre Pettis, Foundry Group, Jennifer Lawton, True Ventures and Vault Capital.
February 2015
Glowforge raises a $1,300,000 seed round from Adam Doppelt, Heron Rock Fund, Tom Williams and Vault Capital.

Funding rounds

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Further reading

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Web

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News

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Author
Date
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Description
Dan Ackerman
April 28, 2021
CNET
These are our favorite 3D printers, as well scanners and laser cutters, for makers and creators in 2021.

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