The Glowforge is a CNC laser cutter engraver, more popularly known as a 3D laser printer. While conventional 3D printers employ additive manufacturing, laser 3D cutting machines use subtractive manufacturing. Find Glowforge Patterns. View other cutting machines.
Glowforge Projects, Cutting Designs, Patterns, and Templates
Below are some free Glowforge cutting and engraving ideas and projects.
What Is a Glowforge?
Glowforge is a wireless laser printer. It utilizes a cutting-edge laser for cutting various materials in a way that’s not possible with others tools. Through this, you can create eye-catching stunning designs from paper, cardboard, leather, acrylic, and even wood. Apart from cutting materials, you can also use the Glowforge to etch and score for generating gorgeous designs for your projects.
Glowforge produces the best results with materials ¼” and less on a single pass. It can accept material as thick as ½”, but you may have to flip the material over or need multiple passes. When engraving, you can take out the tray and insert objects up to 2″ inch, after which it can engrave the surface up to 0.5″, based on the material.
So far, Glowforge is available in three different models: the Basic, the Plus, and the Pro.
Glowforge Basic ($2,495)
The Glowforge Basic is a good machine to start with if you are new to 3D laser cutting. With cutting support for dozens of materials, it is ideal for home use. Keep in mind that it’s rated as a class 1 laser product.
Glowforge Plus ($3,995)
The Glowforge Plus is a good machine if you are looking for a more premium experience. It comes with upgraded components and a speedy engraving speed that is two-fold in speed in comparison to the Basic model. The Plus model is also categorized as a Class 1 laser product.
Glowforge Pro ($5,995)
The Glowforge Plus is the most formidable and capable of all the Glowforge models. Although it retains the same size, you can print massive objects by using the Pro Passthrough slot. Because of its state-of-the-art cooling system, this model excels in terms of durability – it can run the whole day without breaking sweat. Other feature includes enhanced laser capability and upgraded components, which makes it three times faster than the Basic as well as cuts 1.2 times faster.
What Can You Cut with Glowforge?
Glowforge cuts a wide range of materials, including rubber, mylar, Delrin (acetal), Plexiglas (acrylic), paper, leather, fabric, wood, Corian, foods, and others. You can also engrave these materials along with titanium, marble, coated metal, glass, laptops, tablets, and phones.
There is also the category of Proofgrade materials. According to Glowforge, these materials are ideal for use when it comes to its printer. These include leather, plywood, acrylic, hardwood, and others. Proofgrade materials are calibrated and sized to work effectively with Glowforge. This means that when you add a piece of Proofgrade material into your Glowforge, it will process the material’s QR code and attempt to recognize it. If the machine recognizes the material as Proofgrade, it will cut it automatically without requiring any form of manual intervention.
You can etch some metals via Glowforge, such as anodized aluminum. However, with stainless steel, you may need to spray a product like Cermark. This method is used to discolor the metals, but it doesn’t engrave them away. This lends excellent smoothness to the surface.
Glowforge is compatible with PDF, SVG, PNG, JPG, and other file formats. You can begin with something basic, such as clip art or a hand-drawn image. However, if you are looking to make money, your best bet is to get ready-to-print Glowforge designs. For this purpose, you can go through our designs below.
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Reimagining 3D Printing with the Glowforge 3D Laser Printer
As more products emerge in the STEM and STEAM space for education, Glowforge has reimagined 3D printing. With its component website, educators and students can access over ten million different prints and unique access to resources for the K-12 classroom teacher. Visit their site for a variety of different resources to help you get started with your first class project.
What is a Glowforge 3D laser printer?
Glowforge is built on laser cutting and engraving technologies, using a beam of laser light the width of a human hair to cut, engrave, and create designs from various materials. While traditional 3D printers build up and out, Glowforge creates by going in and through an existing piece of material, and carving out a design using laser light. The technical name for the category of tools that includes Glowforge is a CNC laser cutter engraver, but it is also referred to as a 3D laser printer.
What type of materials can you use with a Glowforge 3D laser printer?
A Glowforge 3D laser printer cuts wood, fabric, leather, paper, Plexiglas (acrylic), Delrin (acetal), mylar, rubber, Corian, foods, and more. Additionally, Glowforge engraves on all of the materials mentioned above plus the following:
- Coated metal
- Anodized aluminum
- Some phones, tablets, laptops, and more
Glowforge also has a line of materials designed for use with the printer, including hardwood, acrylic, plywood, and leather. These materials are guaranteed by Glowforge to always work.
What software and hardware are needed to use the Glowforge 3D laser printer?
Glowforge is compatible with Mac, PC, tablet, and more, using their free web interface. You will need an up-to-date version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Apple Safari, or Microsoft Edge to access the site.
While using Glowforge, you can design with any software that saves a PDF including dozens of choices like:
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe Photoshop
- Autodesk 360
- Microsoft Word
Glowforge can also print JPG, PNG, SVG, PDF, and other file formats. The web interface, point-and-click software, and simple hardware combine to make it easy to use.
Supporting STEM and STEAM curriculums
Bring your Glowforge 3D laser printer to your classroom, library, studio, or makerspace and enable STEAM projects in an entirely new way. Since Glowforge uses a laser to cut and engrave limitless designs from hundreds of materials, students can engage with projects like architectural models, shadow box dioramas, and classroom signs — just to name a few. Also, consider the following when evaluating this product for STEM and STEAM curriculum:
- Foster Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math multidisciplinary thinking
- Design Thinking fundamentals like ideation and prototyping
- Exercise design fundamentals with 2D and 3D objects
- Enable students at any level from K-12 through higher education
- Create forensic science dioramas, model-scale architectural plans, working clocks, and multi-print designs
How to set-up and create an account with Glowforge
1. Go to glowforge.com/setup.
2. Follow the prompts there to create your very own Glowforge account.
3. Go to setup.glowforge.com to begin the setup process.
Lastly, the Glowforge is a unique and limitless type of 3D printer that can also be used in conjunction with so many other STEM and STEAM products that your school may already have. Imagine the types of 3D models one could create using the Glowforge and a traditional 3D printer, such as a MakerBot or Ultimaker. Or, consider how it could be used with your school’s robots or robotic devices, circuit kits, coding programs, hardware, and more. The possibilities are endless!
For more tips, tricks, and tools for teaching in and out of the classroom check out more articles on our blog.
We also offer virtual professional development, training, and remote learning support for educators with OTIS for educators. Explore the technology, tools, and strategies that can spark student success — no matter where teaching or learning are happening.
40+ Places to Download Free Files for Glowforge
Have a Glowforge and looking for places for freebies to use on it? Of course you are!
40+ Places to Download Free Files for Glowforge
(Click any site name to see the freebies.)
SVGCuts – Offers 40 pages of free SVG cut files. To use commercially, follow the rules listed on this page and fill out the form for approval.
Epilog Sample Club – Epilog might be a competitor of Glowforge, but you can use files from their Sample Club with your Glowforge.
Free SVG Images – Several hundred SVG designs to choose from.
Thingiverse – Large variety of user submitted designs. Some designs work great; others don’t.
The Hungry JPEG – Offers a different weekly SVG freebie. All weekly freebies include commercial use.
Ponoko – Choose from their free designs, then either use your Glowforge or send it to them to create.
Bird’s Cards – Has hundreds of cut file elements, many geared towards paper crafters and card makers. Find commercial use restrictions at this link.
Obrary – User submitted designs. Not all are designed for lasers.
Ready to Cut – Small collection of SVG freebies. Some are marked commercial use allowed.
Boss Laser – Another competitor to Glowforge. Has a handful of freebies on their site.
Craft Bundles – Regularly updated SVG freebies that include commercial use.
Kelly Lollar Designs – Single page of commercial use SVG freebies.
3Axis – More user submitted designs.
SVG Cutting Files – Smaller collection of SVG freebies. Most are licensed for commercial use. Learn more here.
Love Paper Crafts – Blogger who offers SVG freebies. Commercial license included but limited to 200 completed products for sale. Read the complete license here.
Instructables – User submitted designs.
Dreaming Tree (formerly 3D SVG) – Collection of three dimensional SVG paper crafting freebies. Commercial usage requires a stamp. Read more about commercial use at this link.
Milissa Martini Designs – Handful of commercial use SVG freebies.
SVG Salon – Regularly updated list of free SVG commercial use cut files.
DesignShop – Large collection of laser ready files.
APEX Cuttable Designs – Regularly updated collection of SVG cut files with commercial use.
Scarlett Rose Designs – Small collection of free commercial use SVG cut files.
Laser Ready Templates – Large collection of files, a handful are free.
Design Bundles – Regularly updated freebie SVG’s with commercial use included.
Little Big Crafter – Smaller collection of free SVG cut files with commercial use licenses included.
LoveSVG – Offers free, commercial use SVG flash freebies that are time limited.
Printable Cuttable Creatables – Several pages of SVG freebies. All include a limited commercial use license that you can learn more about at this link.
Hoop Mama – Time limited commercial use SVG freebies.
Savana’s Design – Collection of free SVG designs with limited commercial usage.
Free Pretty Things for You – Designer offering free SVG cut files.
FreeSVGDesigns – Large personal use collection of SVG files.
Poofy Cheeks – Blogger offering commercial use SVG cut files.
Easy Cuts It – Collection of SVG cut files with commercial use included.
Vinyl Supply Shop – Vinyl retailer with a small collection of commercial use cut files.
Chameleon Cuttables – Handful of rotating commercial use SVG freebies.
Creative Fabrica – Subscription site for fonts and cut files. Offers many free SVG cut files.
Holly Pixels – Time limited SVG freebies with limited commercial use included.
Craftables – Several pages of free SVG designs.
Designables by Lilly Ashley – Group of SVG freebies, some include commercial use.
Cutting for Business– Did you know that my flagship blog has over 200 free commercial use cut files? Click here to view them.
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Teach, Love, Inspire is something our teachers put their heart into and this adorable Teach Love Inspire Teacher Ornament is a perfect gift to start the new school year! Many children are headed back to school or have been in school for a little while. One of mine is in year round school so he has been in school for the last month. My other child is headed back to school in a week! Teachers love gifts, especially ones that are made at home.
- Glowforge or other laser cutting machine.
- Computer with Laser Cutting Software (Glowforge software is web-based)
- Teach Love Inspire Apple Ornament SVG
- Wooden Beads
- Wood (I used 1/4″ thick maple)
- Masking tape
How I made it:
I created the apple file in Illustrator. I’m providing the file for you for free!
I opened the file in the Glowforge software and resized it to the size I wanted it. And then hit print!
I love watching the Glowforge at work. It engraved the words and then cut the design out.
Here is the apple after removing it from the Glowforge and removing the masking tape.
Then I added the twine and the beads, creating the ornament!
I love how this turned out! It can be hung in the classroom, in the rearview mirror of the car or on the Christmas tree!
Add an apple and give it to the teacher you love! It could also be added to a gift.
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Until next time….Happy Crafting!
As I have gotten older, fall has become one of my most favorite times of the year and this engraved Happy Fall Pumpkin canvas sign is perfect for a little pop of decor in any space!
As most of you know, I am obsessed with my Glowforge Pro. I’ve found it great that I can engrave, cut or score lots of different items. I mean, come on….who would have thought that you can use a laser to engrave on canvas?! It is amazing!
- Glowforge Pro (it can be any Glowforge model)
- Computer with Glowforge software
- Mix the Media Canvas Sign from Hampton Art
- Illustrator or any design program
- Pumpkin SVG (I purchased this one on Etsy)
How I made it!
First, I created my file in Illustrator using a font that I have and a pumpkin svg file that I purchased on Etsy.
I placed the canvas in my Glowforge Pro, adjusting as needed. I had to remove the Glowforge crumb tray and stack some scrap wood to allow for the height.
I then inserted my file into the Glowforge web based software, got everything lined up and set the appropriate settings for engraving on Canvas. TIP: When engraving on things other than wood, you either must research or do trial and error. I’ve done canvas before so I kind of knew what settings to use.
- Speed: 1000
- Power: 15
- LPI: 270
Then I hit the magic button for it to engrave!
After it was done engraving, it was ready to hang. TIP: The kids could also color it!!!
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This week I’m joining my creative friends for the Creative Crafts Halloween Edition and my craft is this adorable little wooden pumpkin door hanger with a “B” in the middle. I am one of those crazy pumpkin lovers! I love the way they look, I love the way they taste and I love the way they smell!
As most of you may know, I love to work with wood. My Glowforge laser is like one of my best friends! So, my craft was created using the Glowforge.
- Plywood (This is 1/8″ Baltic Birch)
- Glowforge or other laser machine. (If you cut thinner wood, you could possibly do this on the Cricut Maker)
- Computer with software to add letter and weld it (I use Illustrator)
- Pumpkin SVG file (I got this one from Etsy, and the file comes with 6 different pumpkins!)
- Paint Brushes
- Strong gripping glue (I used Beacon Multi-Grip)
- Twine, Ribbon or String
Here is how I made it:
I downloaded the pumpkin svg file that I purchased from Etsy. I added the letter that I wanted in the middle and made sure to weld it to the center circle. I wanted this pumpkin to look layered so I created an offset path (set to 0) the same size as the original pumpkin. That gave me an extra pumpkin to use as a backing. I removed all of the extra pieces from the extra one. I then welded the stem and vines in place. I also added two circles to the solid pumpkin backing.
Next, I uploaded the file into the Glowforge Software, resized it to the biggest size that I could make it and hit the magic button to cut.
Once everything was cut out , it was time to paint it. I painted each piece individually.
Once the paint was dry, I used Beacon Multi-Grip glue to glue it all together.
Next was my favorite part…..adding the twine and hanging it up!
Oh my goodness, I love it so much!!!!! It’s definitely going to be hanging on my door for the next couple of months!
Be sure to click below to see other Creative Halloween Crafts.
A special thanks to my crafty friends Laura Kelly Designs, Makeable Crafts, Ann Butler Designs and Creatively Beth for hosting another addition of Creative Crafts!
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Harry Potter’s birthday is soon approaching. He’s going to be 40 on July 31st! In honor of his birthday, I’m joining other creatives this week to create Harry Potter crafts. Since my main focus lately has been wood, I create a laser cut wood Harry Potter bookmark.
- 1/8″ or thinner wood. I’m using Baltic Birch.
- Glowforge or other laser
- Masking tape
- Embroidery floss (I picked colors that matched Harry’s house colors.)
- Harry Potter font
- Harry Potter Clip art
- Illustrator or another designing software
In Illustrator, I designed my bookmark and saved it as an svg file.
I prepped my board, covering it with masking tape to keep the give it a clean look once the laser is done.
I then uploaded my design into the Glowforge software (it’s a web application).
I changed my settings to engrave the text and clip art at the depth that I wanted it and set it to cut the rectangle and circle.
I love sitting and watching the Glowforge do it’s thing! It’s so fascinating!
Once the Glowforge was done, I removed the masking tape.
I cut my embroidery floss into ten 8″ pieces.
I gathered the pieces and folded them in half. I then threaded the folded end through the hole, moving from front to back. Then I threaded the ends through the folded piece and pulled tight to create a knot.
Then the bookmark was ready to use! I love how it turned out. I’m thinking about making more with other characters with their quotes from books!
Hope you like this laser cut Harry Potter bookmark!
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There are lots of words of love that I can think of that remind me of Valentine’s Day. A few in particular are love, hugs and kisses. I created these adorable little hearts with words of love and Oly*Fun.
- Fairfield World Oly*Fun
- Wood hearts cut from a Glowforge or cardboard hearts cut from a Cricut
- Heart SVG file
- Multi-purpose glue (I love Beacon!)
- Pen or Marker
How I created them:
I created an svg file of the hearts with words in them and then a heart without words to use on the back. With my Glowforge, I resized and cut the hearts. This can also be done on the Cricut with balsa wood or cardboard.
Using one of the hearts that is made for the back , I placed it on a sheet of Oly*Fun and traced it.
Once I had 4 hearts traced, I folded my Oly*Fun in half and cut two hearts from each color. TIP: I cut the hearts smaller than the trace lines so that they would be smaller than the wood heart outlines.
I used Beacon Mutli-Grip glue to first attach both layers of Oly*Fun to the back piece of the heart. Then I applied glue to the back of the heart with the word on it and layered it on top of the Oly-Fun.
I let them dry. They can be given to someone as a Valentine, strung onto string to create a banner or just displayed together as a Valentine’s decoration.
I also resized a love heart and a back piece to about 10 inches and added a hole to the top so that I could create a door hanger. I followed the same directions for the big one that I did for the smaller ones. And then I added a ribbon to hang it up.
Hope you like these adorable little love word hearts. They were fun and easy to make! The kids could even help to put them together! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Until next time….
My friend asked me the other day if I had my word of the year picked out yet. I honestly had not even though about it because I had been so busy, but last night as I was waiting for the ball to drop on tv, I contemplated and made a list of words that I could use. There are lots and well, I tried to pick one but several spoke to me.
So, today I decided to fire up the Glowforge (we’ll talk about that in a few) and came up with something. I really couldn’t just pick one word, but I kept going back to three of them. Here is what I did…..I picked one of the three words that would be “my word” and then made the other two words slightly smaller. I also ended up engraving the rest of the words onto a round cutout. And then I added 2020 to the back.
I guess that makes Dedication my word of the year this year. The good thing is that I can be dedicated to all of the other words! I can be dedicated to Determination and Motivation. I can be dedicated to being present with my family and putting away the phone or iPad. I can be dedicated to worshipping and growing my faith. I can be dedicated to Happiness and being courageous, to hope and love and being passionate. I can be dedicated to be confident and committed and having patience. I can be dedicated to appreciating more and having a happy heart and being grateful!
I did realize after making this list that I forgot some words. A big one I forgot is fitness! But I am continuing to go to Weight Watchers weekly and I am dedicated to getting the last 15 or so pounds off that I’ve been struggling with.
Just for kicks today, I made this little Happy New Year 2020 piece. But to be honest, I was just trying out some settings on the Glowforge for Walnut Hardwood!
On to the Glowforge. I decided to make a business decision in November to purchase the Glowforge Pro. I still love my Inventables X-Carve, but man the Glowforge is amazing and can do so much! The younger Berry boys were super excited, with the older one thinking of business ideas for himself. Benjamin couldn’t wait to be the first one to press the magic button!!
I have made lots of lots of items on the Glowforge in the month that I have had it. I mean, LOTS! I have spent hours and hours upstairs (yes, we put it upstairs!) designing and creating! Below is a gift card holder I created for the Carolina Dirtdawgs 13U Team Manager. I put a gift card to my favorite coffee shop in it and then added it to a coffee mug filled with chocolates! She loved it!
Ornaments!!!! Most of my hours at the Glowforge have been making ornaments! I got lots and lots of ornament orders and I absolutely LOVED it! I had so much fun personalizing them! I found some of the files on Etsy, and I have created some of my own, but I will be creating more of my own files in the New Year! The next three photos are collages of ornaments that I made! Some were gifts and some were orders! I am very thankful for all of the orders that I have received and look forward to future orders!
In the new year, I will be putting together a new online shop, blogging more and creating on the Glowforge (and the X-Carve too)! I hope everyone has a Happy New Year filled with great health and happiness!
Until next time……
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Custom Motivational Wall Art with a Glowforge
Tools & Materials
Glowforge Laser Cutter
1/4 inch Plywood
Natural Oil Finish
Are there any phrases, quotes, or mantras that motivate your life and career?
After I renovated one half of my basement to create my makerspace and YouTube studio, I left an area at the center of my display wall blank for a future piece of art that I could look at every day. With a lot of brainstorming, I decided to hire a friend of mine who’s a calligrapher to help me create a beautiful written version of three phrases;
Design for the love of it
Make for the challenge of it
Share for the joy of it
These are the reasons why I choose to design speculative projects as a hobby, make the digitally fabricated craft projects, and share my process with you. With the phrases finalized, I reached out to my friend Melissa from @calligracrafty on Instagram who delivered an amazing digital version of the phrases that she hand lettered.
Once I decided that the art I would install at the center of my display wall would be a motivational graphic, I came up with big questions to answer and turn into phrases that would motivate me. The first question was, “Why do I design”. Followed by, “Why do I make?”. Then, “Why do I share?”. These are the three things that I focus on with my personal career as an architect as well as this YouTube channel.
Simply put, my answers were;
- Design for the love of it.
- Make for the challenge in it.
- Share for the joy of it.
These three lines embody my reasons for pursuing all my projects. The moment these phrases were written down, I sent them to Melissa who developed the beautiful graphics. She shared the final digital files with me and I was amazed by the fact that she was able to capture the essence of each word and the meaning of the phrases.
With the digital file in hand, I uploaded it to my Glowforge interface, inserted my mahogany plywood, and began engraving each one. To help me keep everything as centered as possible. I drew red lines and a center dot on the protective film that’s applied onto the surface of the plywood to protect it from burns and debris. Using those guides, I placed each phrase on the boards in Glowforge’s interface, and started the engraving process. Overall, it took about 1.5 hours per board, totaling about 4.5 hours to complete.
After removing the protective film from each board, I sanded any areas where some minor burns might’ve resulted from a loose spot on the film. Then, I cleaned the surface with some rubbing alcohol. Lastly, I applied oil on the surfaces of each board to give it a beautiful finish.
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Up on the third floor of King Library, Miami students, faculty, and staff from all majors now have access to a Glowforge Plus precision laser cutter and engraver. The Libraries’ Makerspace recently added the machine to its already impressive array of maker equipment, which includes 3D printers, sewing and embroidery machines, digital paper and vinyl cutters and routing machines, a dye-sublimation printer, a heat press, and more.
Cuts and engraves
The Glowforge uses a carbon dioxide laser to cut and engrave a wide variety of materials, ranging from paper and food to titanium and marble. It can automatically convert designs uploaded through its user-friendly web software to produce highly detailed engravings and precision cuts.
Students, faculty, and staff don’t need prior experience with laser cutting technology or design to begin experimenting and incorporating the Glowforge into academic projects or personal pursuits. The Makerspace’s trained staff is available to provide guidance and support, and can also consult with faculty to incorporate maker scholarship into courses.
To begin creating and experimenting, Miamians can easily reserve time on Makerspace equipment online or drop in during open hours. Also new this semester are to-go Maker kits for checkout.
For more information, visit Lib.MiamiOH.edu/Create.
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