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Glowforge (Laser Engraver)

To use the Glowforge, you will need to be 18 or older or be supervised by an adult. Users will be required to sign a waiver as well as acknowledge when registering for an appointment that they have read and understood the user manual.

Materials measuring 18” x 20” will fit in the Glowforge, and the cutting area is approximately 11″ deep and 19.5″ wide. Maximum material height is up to 2” if the crumb tray is removed, or up to .5” with the crumb tray. The Glowforge can cut materials as thick as ½” but may require multiple passes for materials thicker than ¼”.

If you choose to provide your own material, please bring a receipt or an attached tag that states what the item is made of. We strongly recommend bringing extra material for testing. Materials must sit firmly and securely on the crumb tray or printer bed. The list below shows what materials are allowed and what materials are prohibited. If you want to use something that is not listed below, email [email protected] at least two hours. before your appointment to obtain prior approval. Without prior approval, only approved items below will be permitted.


Posted on February 5, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole

If you’ve visited the North Spokane Library recently, you may have noticed the scent of burning wood. Or, maybe you’ve noticed machine that is over 3 feet wide and 1 1/2 feet deep back in The Lab doing… something.

That’s the District’s Glowforge 3D laser printer. And it is my newest favorite thing at the library.

The Glowforge is the newest addition to The Lab at North Spokane Library. We have classes coming up that you can sign up to take. And starting this month, you can also sign up for a one-on-one appointment with library staff to make your own creation on the Glowforge.


You can see the 3D laser printer in action during one of our Glowforge classes. Here are the upcoming programs.

Glowforge: Stamp Making

Make a custom seal, logo, or stamp design. We discuss the materials and shapes that make for good stamp imprints and how to make a reverse image perfect for stamping. Take home a stamp that’s uniquely yours. Registration is required. Ages 16+

Tuesday, Feb 25, 6–8pm


Glowforge: Custom Jewelry

Discover how to cut and engrave your own jewelry with our Glowforge. Take home a one-of-a-kind accessory that you can create from ready-made templates. Registration is required. Ages 16+

Thursday, Apr 30, 6–8pm

Class size is limited, so make sure you sign up for a program as soon as registration opens (maybe put a reminder on your calendar or in your phone).


If you’re ready to use the Glowforge for your own project, be sure to sign up for One-on-One Glowforge Help at Each session is two hours long. Appointments will be available 30 days in advance on our event calendar.

During a one-on-one session, one of us from the District’s Glowforge team will help you from the beginning of your project to the end. We’ll help you to create a file using Inkscape (or Adobe Illustrator), give advice about materials (in most cases, you will need to bring your chosen material with you on the day of your appointment), and show you how to cut or engrave it on the Glowforge machine.

Depending on your project, you may require more than one session, so we can even get you signed up for additional one-on-one help, if needed.


The sky is the limit with this laser printer (within the bounds of the technical specifications shared below).

You can engrave photographs to be framed. You can make 3D animals, puzzles, and cupcake toppers. I’ve seen replacement game pieces made from multicolored acrylic.

I’ve also seen complex designs on bracelets made from vegetable-tanned leather and heirloom recipes in a great-grandmother’s handwriting engraved onto bamboo cutting boards.

You can create intricate mandala designs and fill them with resin to create a stained-glass effect. Cosplay costumes have been made from leather, foam, and cardboard. Some people even use their Glowforge to engrave images onto food items, such as marshmallows, chocolate, and even bananas!

Seriously, if you can dream it, the Glowforge can help you create it. You’ll find endless inspiration in the Glowforge Community gallery from other people who are creating.

If you are looking for templates and inspiration, Thingiverse is a great place to look. Although the site was mainly intended for 3D printing (using the additive method), many of the files shared on Thingiverse can be adapted to be laser cut too.

You may also be inspired by perusing our collection of books.

While these books were not written specifically with a Glowforge laser cutter in mind, they do offer many projects that would work nicely with it.


The Glowforge is a 45 watt, CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser. This means it can cut, engrave, and score on a wide variety of materials.

The printer cuts through certain materials most reliably up to 1/8 inch and with multiple passes can cut up to 1/4 inch thick. Specifically, the laser printer can cut the following materials:

  • Wood (plywood, hardwood)
  • Mat board
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • MDF (medium-density fiberboard)
  • Acrylic
  • Cork
  • Bamboo
  • Leather
  • Foam
  • Fabric
  • Rubber

The laser printer can score or engrave the following materials:

  • Glass
  • Stone
  • Tile
  • Aluminum
  • Coated metals
  • Wood (plywood, hardwood)
  • Acrylic
  • Cork
  • Bamboo
  • Leather
  • MDF (medium-density fiberboard)
  • Rubber

The printer’s bed size is 12×19 inches and can handle materials up to 2 inches thick for scoring and engraving. This is usually large enough for most projects. Additionally, pieces can be created separately and fitted or glued together for large projects.


Locally, there are several places to visit to fill your material needs.

Art Salvage has a wide variety of materials, and stock is always changing. If you just want to experiment with what the Glowforge can do, you can find materials here for many possibilities.

Windsor Plywood offers many types of plywood and some hard woods as well. Their staff is knowledgeable and will help you chose wood for your project, and even cut your pieces down to size.

Clearview Plastics offers acrylic pieces they call “drops” (leftover pieces from larger projects) that are available for purchase, giving you the chance to test your project in a variety of colors!

Tandy Leather sells a variety of sizes from small coaster-sized pieces to full hides. In order to create with leather on our Glowforge, you must make sure it is vegetable tanned leather. Other tanning methods produce a toxic odor when cut with the hot laser printer.

Overstock Builder’s Depot has an assortment of miscellaneous tiles in all possible sizes and colors. If you’re looking for engraving tiles, they have them.

You can also find many retailers online. Many are aware of the bed size of the Glowforge and are able to cut your order to size. Here are a few I’ve had success with so far:


I mentioned Inkscape as one of the design software programs that can be used with the Glowforge. If you want to learn Inkscape on your own, you can by using our digital resource: LinkedIn Learning. All you need is your in-district library card to access the LinkedIn Learning courses.

You can also head over to YouTube for Inkscape tutorial videos offered by laser cutting enthusiasts.


The next time you find yourself at North Spokane Library, I invite you to stop by The Lab. If you see me or one of my colleagues working with the Glowforge (and we aren’t leading a class), feel free to come in and ask questions. We hope to see you there!

Abra Cole

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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.

Simply Crafty SVGs – Collection of SVG cut files that include commercial use. Read the terms of use at this link.

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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