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Glowforge Pro Unboxing | Glowforge Laser Cutter

In today's post and video I'm going to be showing you the Glowforge Pro Unboxing and setup. We recently purchased this laser cutter for a separate entity of my business that doesn't have much to do with Holly Pixels. But, I wanted to showcase it here to show you ways you can turn your lettering into a business.

Glowforge Pro Unboxing | Glowforge Laser Cutter

In today’s post and video I’m going to be showing you the Glowforge Pro Unboxing and setup. We recently purchased this laser cutter for a separate entity of my business that doesn’t have much to do with Holly Pixels. But, I wanted to showcase it here to show you ways you can turn your lettering into a business.

We’ll simply be opening the box, setting up the machine and doing a few demos that come with it. Later on this year I will be showing you lettering projects from start to finish using Procreate, cleanup in Illustrator and then the final lettering project cut with the Glowforge.

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What is a Glowforge?

Glowforge is a wireless 3D laser printer that fits on your desktop, works with your favorite design programs, and stores your designs & data on a cloud.

The Glowforge laster printer (or cutter) will cut wood, acrylic, leather and more. It’s going to be a more advanced cutting system than the Cricut or Silhouette.

What Are the Glowforge Models?

Glowforge has three models available, a Basic, a Plus and a Pro. We purchased the Pro. And, the reason is that we simply wanted that ability to print faster and have the passthrough slot option for longer pieces. You can do so much with the basic like cut out signs and more.

Glowforge Pro

The Glowforge Pro is the same size as the Basic and Plus but can print enormous objects with the Pro Passthrough slot, and has upgraded cooling for all-day use. It also features upgraded components and increased laser power to print up to 20% faster than the Basic, and has double the warranty. Class 4 laser product.

Glowforge Plus

More power and speed. The Plus offers upgraded components and increased laser power to print up to 20% faster than the Basic, and has double the warranty. Class 1 laser product.

Glowforge Basic

This model has a Class 1 laser and the basic components to it. The warranty is a 6 month warranty.

Watch Glowforge Pro Unboxing

Pricing of a Glowforge

The Pro model runs $5995. The Plus model runs $3995. The Basic model runs $2495. This is really affordable compared to many laser cutting machines on the market that start at over $10,000. The machine is smaller than most laser machines and won’t take up a lot of space in your home or office, making it attractive for the home-based business.

Proofgrade Materials

  • Draftwood starts at $4.00 fo 12 x 20 1/8″
  • Hardwood finishes start at $7.00 for 6 x 12 1/8″
  • Acrylic starts at $9.50 for 12 x 20 1/8″
  • Unfinished leather starts at $9.00 for 5 x 10

Remember, you don’t have to use these materials from Glowforge. I order from Canal Plastics and some local shops. You do need to make sure to carefully place masking tape that you can purchase here* on them so it protects the materials if it doesn’t come with it. Glowforge comes with tape and is ready to use. However, I have not found acrylic pricing any cheaper anywhere else than Glowforge!

Software

Glowforge software doesn’t allow you to design within it. But you can use SVG files from Etsy or that you make on your own using software like Adobe Illustrator. Plus, Glowforge does sell project files to use in their store. They provide support via their forums for owners of Glowforge.

Save Up to $500 on a Glowforge

If you want to purchase a Glowforge you can save money with my link. I get the same amount as your referral discount when you purchase through my link as a way for Glowforge to thank me for telling you about it. Click here to purchase*. You can save $500 off a Pro, $250 off a Plus, or $100 off a Basic

Stay tuned for projects from my lettering in Procreate that I’ll showcase on the Glowforge!

Affiliate Links Disclosure

This post may contain affiliate links noted with an asterisk*, which means that if you click on one of the product links I've included, I’ll receive a small percentage of the sale should you purchase it. But, please do not fret! I don't post links to products that I have not personally tried or felt are worth sharing. In fact, I love these products so much that I have to share them with you. It would be silly not to take advantage of affiliate programs, right?
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About holly

Holly McCaig is the owner of Holly Pixels and has a passion for teaching all things creative! Holly resides in Denver, Colorado and shares with you her tutorials on Procreate, lettering and planning.

Holly Pixels is a lettering artist that teaches lettering on the iPad Pro for beginners, advanced lettering artists and how to have a successful lettering career.

Holly McCaig is the owner of Holly Pixels and has a passion for teaching all things creative! Holly resides in Denver, Colorado and shares with you her tutorials on Procreate, lettering and planning.

2 Comments

  1. kim robbins on September 3, 2018 at 12:02 am

    I have not bought one yet. but was wondering how easy is it to use. is there a program that files can be loaded in for it to cut. like we use for a cricut or silhouette. and are there place that you know of to buy files to cut with the glowfordge. I really would like to purchase one but would like more info on them before I do. I know the waiting process for the first people who ordered waited a long time to get there glowfordge. due you know if one was ordered now how long the wait would be. if I did decide to buy and went through you would you be willing to help me if I had and ?s or problem? thanks kim

    • Holly McCaig on September 3, 2018 at 10:04 am

      Glowforge doesn’t have the same type of software as Cricut or Silhouette meaning you can’t design anything in it. But if you can design an SVG file in your Cricut or Silhouette software and export it as an SVG then you can use that SVG inside Glowforge to cut. You can also design SVG files in Adobe Illustrator. You can purchase SVG files on Etsy to use that you would use in your Cricut or Silhouette machine. You can also purchase files from the Glowforge store. It takes about a week to get a Glowforge depending on holidays. I don’t provide support. I’m not a reseller or distributor. You would use Glowforge for support. They have private forums for owners as well. I simply can offer you a discount with a link. If you purchase via the link I have you can save anywhere from $100 to $500 depending on the model ($500 off a Pro, $250 off a Plus, or $100 off a Basic). If you just type in Glowforge.com and buy on the site directly then there is no discount available. As owners, they give us discount code links to share with others. Hope that helps!

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