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#1

I know it’s probably unhealthy to eat food you laser in a GlowForge that you also use for other projects, but I also know I’m probably going to do it anyway. Here’s a ridiculous piece of bread I was playing with at our local makerspace - I definitely didn’t eat anything put into that laser, haha! We’ve also played with lasering sugar sprinkled on top of chocolate, and the results were pretty good.

Of course, @dan likes to show off the laser-cut nori (and rightly so because it’s -awesome-. But what other things do you think are capable? I’ve seen some people joking about defocusing the laser in order to cook bacon — but I’m not really sold on that (besides, I don’t really eat meat). I’ve been thinking it could be really fun to engrave messages onto hors d’oeuvres for a party. Or a design onto the outside edge of a jelly roll or swiss roll. Make your Ritz crackers extra fancy by adding a holiday message? Or even making edible place markers. Some pretty interesting possibilities!


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#2

I was thinking if I could use the Glowforge as a backup toaster :stuck_out_tongue:

Actually I won’t do that, just because I think Glowforge is to awesome to be thought of as a high tech toaster :stuck_out_tongue:


#3

Haha, well, you wouldn’t be the first one, if you did! Laser toast (it makes your breakfast EXTREEEEEEEME) can be pretty cool; as I recall, OK Go incorporated it into one of their past music videos:


#4

OH MY GOD YOU GUYS i’m totally going to laser pancakes.


#5

Someone needs to laser engrave steak


#6

#7

I wonder if the glowforge can cut fondant or gumpaste? Might melt it…but if it’s already dried… it could work! I’m sure I’ll give it a go when I get my hands on my glowforge!


#8

not sure but in general lasers kind of eradicate rather than melt stuff, if it can clean cut chocolate why not fondant


#9

Good point. In theory it should work! Hope someone can test it :smile: I’ll take one for the team lol


#10

I saw a suggestion that freezing it will increase sharpness and ‘bake’ time. Enjoy!


#11

Yes! Will definitely give that a go. I can’t wait until all of us get our toy. I’m so inspired by everyone!


#12

I’m thinking how fun it will be to (just once) laser a cartoon character on my sons’ sandwiches or pancakes. I would guess if you put the food item into the GF on a plate or something to keep it from touching the grate on bottom, that it would be safe to eat, right?


#13

Has anyone cut soap? Like a basic glycerine soap? Clear or opaque?


#14

I’m interested in hearing more about this myself; we make all our own soaps too - would be fun to use the Glowforge for something besides the molds for them!

It shouldn’t be difficult to cut through even pretty thick bars; I’m curious about whether it’ll singe, though.


#15

My theory is that if it doesnt singe chocolate, soap should be fine. What do you mean use it to make molds?


#16

You’d also be less likely to notice discoloration on chocolate, since it’s brown.

Molds. For pouring soap into? Could be quick work to cut pieces for a custom size mold with the laser.


#17

You mean like log molds? I use only silicone molds.


#18

Or engraving something into a mold to then cast the soap in for a design. Too bad lasers aren’t great at cutting polyethylene (it melts p badly), so those make great molds.


#19

They said it engraves rubber… so you could engrave any design to use like those lace molds. … or acrylic stamps. Lots of great options ^^


#20

Great idea! I could engrave rubber stamp on the GF and use the stamp on the fondant/gumpaste.