Until now, laser cutting isn’t exactly been user friendly. That may change with Glowforge, a machine its creators say will be as simple to use as a desktop printer and as safe as a DVD player. “If you wanted to make something before the Industrial Revolution, you found the materials to make it—and the result was durable, beautiful, and exactly what you wanted,” Glowforge co-founder and CEO Dan Shapiro says. “We gave that up when we went to factories. I want to reinvent the notion of homemade and put the factory on the desktop.”
Glowforge just announced a $9 million Series A funding round, which includes participation from two former MakerBot CEOs, Bre Pettis and Jenny Lawton. The machine is geared for an early December release with a price tag under $2,500.
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