If we combined the unique camera recognition capabilities of the current Glowforge with a UV pulsed laser, the Glowforge could be the enabling technology that makes all types of flexible electronic structures and sensors possible. I would humbly suggest that the Glowforge team should reach out to these people to explore the infinite possibilities a collaboration might open up. The very ubiquitous sensors and cameras from cell phones that make the Glowforge possible could, via a Glowforge Nano, make new advanced tricorder like capabilities flourish in new handheld devices/phones and might even be enabling tech for a future replicator. Graphene oxide varies from black to blue to red in color, while graphene varies from colorless to black. Graphene is 100 times stronger than steel (actually the strongest material ever made by man; anyone have applications for that?), can levitate above a magnet, and many other exotic properties (See attached wikipedia sites for many more). One young international science fair winner attached an antibody to pancreatic cancer on the end of a graphene electrode and developed a technique for instantly detecting cancer in a person. The conductive graphene can sense (via its changing resistance) when a cancer cell binds with its antibody. As a Purdue Alumni, I would be happy to help with any introductions with the Purdue researchers.
The basic premise and promise of the technology linked here, as I envision it, is as follows. Graphene oxide is inkjet printed on a substrate (paper, plastic, etc) and the cameras of Glowforge Nano, scan the substrate and the UV laser scans the entire printed content, converting the graphene oxide to a nano structured, conductive graphene film. This strong film is used in making sensors, fibers, lenses, magnetic materials, selective membranes, luminescent materials, quantum dots, etc, etc. See the image below.