The Glowforge is a laser cutter that can cut or engrave a material using a high-powered laser to create complex designs. The Glowgorge allows you to cut, score and engrave on a variety of materials. It allows you to engrave using a .jpg or .png file and cut/score using a .svg file. You can even put your own pen and ink drawing into the Glowforge to be scanned and replicated.
What You’ll Need
Learning resources on this Maker Guide:
Glowforge Safety - how to operate the Glowforge in a safe manner.
Approved Materials - lists which material you can use with the library's Glowforge and provides a list of suggested vendors to purchase materials from.
Glowforge Interface- learn about the Glowforge interface, manual settings, and the image trace feature.
Designing for the Glowforge – learn how to use design software, Inkscape or Illustrator to create files that can be used with a Glowforge.
Projects - offers a few beginner level projects to help you get started.
1. Patrons must have an Idea Lab sticker to use the Glowforge.
2. Patrons must become Glowforge certified to use the machine.
3. Patrons cannot print dangerous objects or any objects that break the Library's Code of Conduct.
4. Library staff must approve any materials placed in the Glowforge. You must provide a receipt or tag that states what the item is made of.
5. Patrons are permitted two 2-hour sessions per week. Extra time may be granted if available.
6. Projects need to be finished before the Lab closes.
7. Patrons must stay and watch the cutting or engraving of their project for the entirety of the process.
General Idea Lab Policies
To use the equipment in the Idea Lab, you will need a valid library card in good standing.
At its discretion, staff reserves the right to disallow the use of any tools, equipment, or consumable materials, or to halt, delete, or disallow the creation of items that violate any library policy. Projects must be approved by staff prior to use to ensure that proper file format, size and materials are being used. Approval to use the Idea Lab does not constitute endorsement by ECPL of the uses to which the space is put or the products produced therein.