Hey Glowforge owners! I thought I’d chime in with my story owning a Glowforge Pro over the past 6 months and how it helped me launch a product into the market and do almost $60k in sale in the first 72 hours.
About two months ago I had the idea to build a coffee table where the top surface is a jigsaw puzzle. I used the glowforge pro and passthrough feature to design the top surface puzzle and a grid pattern base to hold the puzzle pieces. You can watch behind the scenes of me building it here: https://youtu.be/bWAfYDZPfPY
Then over the next month or so I kept tinkering with the design using the Glowforge to figure out the best puzzle piece arrangement, test out different sizes for the table, roundness of the corners, etc until I thought I had the perfect design. Having the Glowforge I was able to rapidly do this and test out multiple ideas in a single day. If a new idea came to me, I could grab a piece of plywood and give it a shot. It would have taken weeks upon weeks if I had to do this design iteration process with a manufacturer.
Once I thought I had the idea perfected I was then able to take that finalized design and have it sampled by a furniture manufacturer. Since I had the Glowforge to work out the kinks, the first actual pre-production sample I got was exactly as I wanted.
I launched the table on Kickstarter this week and we are almost 72 hours into the campaign and it’s over 500% Funded and almost at $60,000 in sales!
While the final product to customers isn’t made on the machine - I just thought I’d share some inspiration on a different way that I used my Glowforge to turn an idea into a product!
You can check out the KS campaign here if you’d like: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/unnecessaryinvent/the-jigsaw-puzzle-coffee-table?ref=a43sox