The Glowforge Plus laser cutter is available for community member projects. The Glowforge Plus is a Class 1 laser product which contains an embedded Class 4 laser. The Glowforge Plus bed can accommodate materials measuring 18” x 20.4”. The maximum printable area is 11 x 19.5”, and it’s reduced somewhat when the laser operates at high speed, as it can take space for the laser to decelerate. There’s a tray for materials that are up to 0.5” thick, or the tray can be removed to accommodate materials up to 2” thick.
You can design with any software that saves a PDF, including choices like Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, CorelDraw, Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, Autodesk 360, and Sketchup. Glowforge can print JPG, PNG, SVG, PDF, and other file formats.
Patrons using the Glowforge are encouraged to use Proofgrade materials, which are guaranteed to work well with the Glowforge. A variety of Proofgrade materials are available for patrons to purchase to use. Patrons can also purchase Proofgrade materials directly from Glowforge here.
Patrons must confirm that any outside materials are compatible with a CO2 laser. Digital Library staff must approve all non-Proofgrade material. We reserve the right to refuse material if we deem it to be unsafe for use in the machine.
|Acrylic (cast or non-toxic)
|Cardboard (with supervision)
|PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride)/Vinyl/Pleatehr/Artificial Leather
||Emits chlorine gas when cut
|Thick (>1mm) Polycarbonate/Lexan
||Cuts very poorly, discolors, catches fire
|HDPE/Milk Bottle Plastic
||Catches fire and melts
|Coated Carbon Fiber
||Emits noxious fumes
||The laser is not designed to cut food, and people cut things that create poisonous/noxious substances such as wood smoke and acrylic smoke.
|Material with Sticky Glue Backing
||Coats lens, cracks lens
Glowforge Proofgrade Materials - Link to purchase Proofgrade materials for use with the Glowforge.
Glowforge Safety - Safety information about the Glowforge Laser Cutter
Glowforge User Manual - Link to the most current version of the Glowforge User Manual.
Inkscape - A free and open source professional vector graphics editor.
Thingiverse.com - MakerBot’s Thingiverse is a thriving design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable and laser cuttable designs.