Laser cutters can create beautiful etching and tracery, and allow enthusiastic makers to perfectly produce intricate designs -- and the Glowforge is making laser cutters easier and more affordable than ever.
The Glowforge is distinguished from most laser cutters by a few notable features. It automatically profiles materials to know how intensely and how quickly to cut, as well as ensuring that the laser cutter detects bumps and variations in material. It has a camera in the lid that allows the user to drag designs directly onto an image of the material, and also lets them watch their design being made. The Glowforge is also more affordable than most laser cutters on the market.
3D printing is currently the most popular form of at-home manufacturing for hardcore makers, but the Glowforge may bring laser cutters into the arena of intense crafting.