The strong demand for its laser cutter was driven by widespread demand, and Glowforge's artiful examples of practical applications.
“We are blown away," says Glowforge CEO and cofounder, Dan Shapiro, who was hoping for $100,000 in revenue. “We hit that in the first day." Glowforge previously raised $9 million in funding from Foundry Group, True Ventures, and executives from Google and MakerBot.
Glowforge debuted September 24th at World Maker Faire in New York, and is positioned as a simple device that can print anything from furniture to handbags to sushi. It comes with a catalog of premium, customizable, ready-to-print designs.
Glowforge exterior (Pro and Basic): 38″ x 20.75″ x 8.25″ (965mm x 527mm x 210mm)
Air filter exterior: 38″ x 20.75″ x 7″ (965mm x 527mm x 178mm)
Working bed: 12″ x 20″ (300mm x 500mm)
Maximum thickness of material with tray installed: 0.5″ (13mm)
Maximum thickness of material with tray removed: 1.5″ (38mm) Focus range: 0.5″ (13mm)
Thickness: Varies by material; can cut most 1/4″ (6mm) plywood and acrylic on one side; twice as thick by reversing and cutting from both sides with optical alignment. It also cuts fabric, leather, paper, cardboard, plexiglas (acrylic) Delrin (acetal), mylar, rubber, corks, and paper
Trace mode scans material with a drawing on it, then cuts and engraves over the top
Compatible with JPG, PNG, TIF, SVG, AI, DXF, PDF, and many more file formats
Drag-and-drop with live preview to position designs on the material
Glowforge says it plans to ship preordered units in the first half of 2016. http://glowforge.com.
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