Glowforge fan

Does anyone know if you can run the Glowforge basic if you fully disconnect and remove it’s fan and put an external fan.

Yes. Many users have used inline fans in their exhaust lines.


Your going to be amazed. The noise difference is dramatic.
The design of the glowforge cleverly is self contained. Unplug it and carry everything you need in a package, no water or air pumps.
In a permanent installation you can greatly enhance your environment by using an external booster.


Hello @cesar.valdez2130,

Your Glowforge is designed to operate with the included exhaust hose connected to the outside with a maximum of two 90 degree bends or to your Compact Filter with a maximum of three 90 degree bends. If you configure your exhaust differently, the Glowforge unit may not be able to expel enough air, and it could cause smoke and fumes to enter the room. Because ventilation is complex and poor ventilation could cause smelly and even dangerous results, we can’t advise on exhaust configurations other than what’s described in the Glowforge Manual at

If you do want to configure your exhaust differently, there are some great resources on the forum that can help. You can post in the Beyond the Manual section of our community forums to see if the community has suggestions: Note however that advice in this section is unsupported and is not reviewed by Glowforge.

Regardless of how you configure your exhaust, please follow these instructions from the user manual to avoid a serious safety hazard: “There may be some odor present while printing. However, if you detect a strong, sharp smell that also causes eyes, nose, or throat irritation, or if there is visible smoke escaping while the lid is closed, stop immediately and re-check your exhaust setup. If the irritation and/or smoke emissions do not abate, discontinue using your Glowforge and contact support.”

Since you are specifically looking for advice on unsupported exhaust configuration, I’m going to move this thread to the Beyond the Manual section of the forum. That way you can continue to get advice from our super knowledgable community members. Please start a new thread or email us at if you have any other questions or concerns. We’re happy to help!

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