Good morning/afternoon fellow Glowforge enthusiasts, I recently purchased my glowforge and it’s set to arrive on Saturday 11/5/22. I’m looking for tips or suggestions for me to look into/research or things I should familiarize myself with before my Glowforge arrives. I already use Photoshop, and Adobe Lightroom on a regular for photo creating/editing. I just figured I’d ask for suggestions or recommendations from people who have experience with theirs. I just want to be able to hit the ground running once it arrives! Thanks in advance.
I recommend you get a vector program first, since your already using adobe programs I would encourage getting adobe illustrator. You will want to learn how to use that first.
I made a full playlist of videos from start to finish to help newer people learn faster if it helps you out here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA6TGCGiz_3Bw1NgmkK6UqKWBhHQG9Fpe
Thank you Wenning08, I will take the time to make sure and watch your videos as from looking at them briefly it looks as though they may be fairly useful! I will also be sure to download Adobe Illustrator after I get home on my PC this evening and familiarize myself with that program!
Congratulations on your purchase.
- I highly recommend you read the manual!!
- Make sure your home network is 2.4GHz before you set up you GF.
- Do not run before you can walk. There have been lots of individuals that come here on day one and they want to do an 8 hour engrave or they want to design a SVG of the Sistine Chapel.
- If your Glowforge is in a room with laminate or wood floors —-a Swiffer is a must.
- The community forums has a wealth of information. This is just an example – if you are interested in engraving on rocks just come here and type engraving on rocks. There is a 99.9% possibility someone has engraved on something unusual.
- If you are confused about anything come to the forums and ask a question. There is always someone here to guide you.
Here a few links to get you started.
A. Making boxes with the Glowforge
Make A Box: Generate Laser Cutter Templates for Enclosures!
MakerCase - Easy Laser Cut Case Design
Online File Generators for Laser Cutting - Maker Design Lab
B. FREE SVGs
Laser cutting designs | Craftsmanspace
Free SVG Image & Icon. | SVG Silh
Free Laser Cut Templates, Download Laser Cutting Designs
C. Free Clipart
D. 40 Places to get free SVGS
F. Different blogs and websites
Made with Forge - Tips, Tutorials, and Freebies for Glowforge
Make CNC DIY Projects & Products | MakeCNC.com
Hacker Factor: Glowforge Notes
Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers |
G. Converting websites Farwest makes it easy to convert inches to decimals.
Zamzar - video converter, audio converter, image converter, eBook converter
DXF to SVG (Online & Free) — Convertio
Ocooch Hardwoods - Thin Wood for Scroll Sawing, Laser Engraving/Cutting, Woodturning, Intarsia and More
I. Learn to design
Glowforge Training Center - Raster Design - Google Sheets
Glowforge Customers Training Center - 2D Vector Design - Google Drive
J. Online Classes
Online Classes by Skillshare | Start for Free Today
Online Courses - Learn Anything, On Your Schedule | Udemy
K. YouTube Channels
Lady Crockett Crafts
Troy the Maker
Fresh Start Customs
When Geeks Craft
L. YouTube Channels to learn Inkscape
Logos by Nick
including Matzah, Rice and Peeps!
@JimmyWayneWestie gave you a very thorough list of places to read and I may have missed if she posted this, but after you set up your Glowforge, to me, this is the first tutorial you need to work through, start to finish:
I vividly remember my first memories when my Glowforge arrived. I did everything so slowly and followed their guide.
There was a YouTube video that showed a more thorough way to set it up. It took me 3 hours!! I believe it was another 2 hours until I printed off the Gift of Good measure.
It was a constant read the manual, watch a YouTube video, read the manual again, watch another YouTube video, read the manual again!!
Then for the next three or four months —- I came to the forums and read and read and read and read!!!
I made many mistakes and there were so many people that threw a lifeline to help me.
Everyone realized through my posts I was not coming here for settings because I had already experimented with a dozen different settings.
I am still learning.
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