Glowforge, A Subtractive Laser Printer, Is Now Accepting Pre-Orders At Half Price

Share this Article

glow3

We’ve heard much about additive manufacturing technologies, but what about subtractive technology? Seattle-based Glowforge, which has received over $9 million glow6from True Ventures, Foundry Group, MakerBot, and Google, is just this. It’s subtractive laser printing that cuts or engraves over a dozen different kinds of organic material like leather, fabric, acrylic, plywood, cardboard and even food–as opposed to adding layers of plastic. We briefly heard about the idea back in May, and it’s made some headway since!

The idea came from creative use of a laser at the home of Glowforge’s CEO and co-founder Dan Shapiro, who noted:

“When I got access to a laser, it changed the way my family and I thought about the things we use every day. My kids started asking me to make things instead of buy them, like costumes and furniture and birthday presents for their friends. But the laser was slow, hard to use, and far too dangerous for kids! I wanted one for my own home, and there were no affordable choices on the market.”

glow9Two qualities drove the inspiration behind Glowforge: user-friendly and affordable. One way that Glowforge managed to make its printer more affordable is by placing its software in a cloud and making use of smartphone components.

Shapiro further explains:

“We quickly realized that we could use these technologies make Glowforge as intuitive and delightful to use as our favorite smart devices. Now, I see designers, artists, and creative people of every stripe walk up to a Glowforge, and make incredible ideas come to life.”

glow2Glowforge can cut acrylic or metal up to 0.25 inches on one side; it has a maximum material size of 12″ x 20″ and a laser tube rating of 45W. It cuts organic materials and engraves stone, metal, and even consumer electronics. Also, it features WiFi, a laser distance scanner, dual cameras and doors, a removable tray, and a glass lid.

Other unique features (in addition to software in a cloud that works on many types of devices) include that the machine is able to scan materials to measure their height; it has autofocus that allows for  precise 3D printed creations; it uses dual cameras to preview printed objects; it can trace figures to reproduce exact images; it can cut on both sides of material; and, for those who do not want to make their own designs, they provide a design catalog.

glow5

Does all of this sound enticing? The other good news is that Glowforge announced on September 24 that its printer would be available for a 50% reduced price of $1,995 for one more month. If you pre-order now, you get the good deal and the company will begin shipping the printer out at the end of 2015!

To find out more about how this sleekly designed laser printer works, and more about the company, you can check the website out here or watch the below video.  Have you ordered this new machine?  Let us know in the GlowForge Forum thread on 3DPB.com.

Share this Article


Recent News

Materialise Opens €7.5M Metal 3D Printing Facility

3D Printing Enables XOMA Superfoods’ Compostable Single-Use Coffee Pods



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Guns

3D Printer Reviews


You May Also Like

3DomFuel Introduces “Enhanced” Landfill-Biodegradable 3D Printer Filament Spool

Back in 2015, Fargo, North Dakota-based company 3DomFuel, Inc. announced its environmentally-friendly Eco-Spool, a 100% bio-based 3D printer filament spool made of bio-friendly materials that break down in landfills much...

Featured

3D Printing Used to Develop Menstrual Cup from Female-Owned Brand

3D printing is most often used for product development applications, a crucial tool to understand the look and feel of an item before it hits the market. That was the...

3D Printing News Briefs, March 24, 2021: NSWC Carderock Division, Tel Aviv University, Integza

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re covering several different applications for which the technology can be used: maritime and military, electronics and medical research, and engines. A new digital...

BASF Stainless Steel Filament Now Qualified for MakerBot METHOD 3D Printers

MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS) has announced that BASF Ultrafuse 316L Stainless Steel material is qualified for use with the MakerBot LABS Experimental Extruder1 for the MakerBot METHOD...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.