Traditional 3D Printers build things using layers of melted plastic. They are a prototype of the actual product. Therefore the real product will be texturally quite different from a 3D model. The Glowforge 3D printer can use a variety of materials like leather, cardboard, wood or fabric to create the same designs that a 3D printer can produce.
Glowforge 3D printers are manufactured by the Seattle based company of the same name. They make their revolutionary line of 3D printers for both home and office use. These devices do not use the traditional molding technique used by most 3D printers. Instead of adding layers they use the subtractive process. Laser and engraving is used to cut and shape the final product.
Glowforge 3D printers are quite easy to operate. The first thing you need to do is design your product and upload the
design file to the Glowforge app. The design can be in any format. Pdf, jpg,
AutoCAD, Microsoft word and even hand drawn designs are acceptable. The app
will then determine the spot on the material where design will be made. The
laser beam that cuts the material need not be adjusted if you use materials
sold by Glowforge.
The machine in that case handles the placement of
the laser on its own. A lot of verified designs are sold to Glowforge by the
users of the printers. Therefore Glowforge has built a strong online platform,
with ideas and instructions for new users.