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Inkscape allows you to draw vector graphics output as SVG files that are understood by the laser cutter. It is installed on machines in the Media Studio. BONUS: You can install Inkscape on your own machine for free.
Adobe has many tutorials to help you learn to draw vector graphics with InDesign. This is a licensed software application and is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite installed on machines in the Media Studio.
All the Glowforge manuals are on this page. Projects begin on page 58 of the user manual.
Know Your Machine
Do's and Don'ts of Laser Cutters
DO choose the right material
Choose the product before the material. What you make depends on what features are important in the material. Consider flexibility, smoothness, hardness, etc.
DON'T use the machine without making sure the air filter is on
The air filter allows the Glowforge machine to be used indoors. If the air filter is not on, the machine will emit toxic fumes into the air.
DO make sure the air filter is connected to the machine
The air filter keeps harmful fumes and chemicals out of the air. Never use a laser cutter without some type of ventilation.
DON'T assume all materials are food-safe
Not all items are food-safe. Food-safe is not just about containers. It refers to anything you will put in your mouth, like silverware or cups. If you know the material, it should be easy to search if its safe.
DO wear provided protective eyewear when using the Glowforge Pro's pass-through slot
Anything involving a class 4 laser requires protective eyewear. When is the last time you heard someone say their project is ruined because they wore
protective eyewear while using a laser? You only get two eyes, be safe. Protective eyewear can be found next to the Glowforge Pro (please clean before and after use with the provided cleaning supplies).
DON'T leave the laser cutter unattended
The laser should not cause any issues in theory, but that does not mean it is okay to leave it unattended. If an accident happens, it will happen quickly and need immediate response.