I made a Word Clock two years ago. I wanted to laser cut the case for it, but without a Glowforge, my only option was to get it made by the likes of Ponoko, etc. However, it would have been too expensive to justify having it cut by them and risk the dimensions being off, or the engraving not being right. In the end, I decided to just 3D print a case for it. It came out OK, but I was never truly happy with it.
I just gave my clock a little Glowforged upgrade! It came out AWESOME!