Helpful Glowforge Tools & Accessories

There’s no hype or fluff here—just the Glowforge tools we’ve found essential in using our Glowforge and running our laser product-based business – from safety to mass production.

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Glowforge Tools for Safety

Fire Safety – Choose either a Halotron Class BC Fire Extinguisher or a Fire Blanket. Both are designed to extinguish the flames without a chemical mess that will then destroy your Glowforge and make it unusable. Keep it next to your Glowforge. The best fire prevention is staying CLOSE to your Forge and WATCHING the cuts for flare-ups – especially Acrylic!

Laser Safety Glasses – Needed if you use the Pass-through slot on the Glowforge PRO.

Respirator Mask – Cutting MDF, Acrylic and other polymer-based materials can harm your lungs with their harmful fine particulates in the fumes when breathed in. Also helpful when you’re using strong adhesives or paints and stains indoors.

3M Half Facepiece Reusable Respirator

$21.32 $16.45
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3M 60926 - Gas / Organic Vapor + P100 HEPA filter

$13.98 $12.99 ($12.99 / Count)
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Glowforge Tools for Machine Setup

Storage Table or Cart – Your Glowforge needs a sturdy surface and bonus points if it includes storage too! Check out our 7 Best Glowforge Storage Tables & Carts article to help you decide.

Exhaust Port Extension – All Glowforges have a teeny tiny exhaust hose attachment point that requires a lot of knuckle bruising and gouging. This exhaust port extension is the best thing since sliced bread! Securely and easily attach your ventilation hose. Also available in a 6-inch Exhaust Adapter for 6″ Inline Duct Fans.

Insulated Ventilation Hose – the Secret to QUIETer operation of your Glowforge! Available in 4″ and 6″ hoses.

4″ Thumb Screw Hose Clamps – if you often remove your ventilation hose from your machine, these are super helpful. No more fussing with a screwdriver, these twist with just your fingers.

Window Vent – Vent your hose out of your window while keeping it closed! Remember the Critter/Bird Guards!

Inline Duct Fan – Planning to cut a lot of stinky Arcylic? Setting up your machine 8+ feet from the window? Sensitive to fumes/smell? This is an absolute game-changer for all the above. *Remember to turn off the Glowforge fan in settings.

Indoor Thermometer & Humidity gauge – Glowforge’s operating temperature range is 60-75F for the Plus, and 60-81F for the Pro. It should never be exposed to 40F and below.

Indoor Camera – Helpful when you can’t be immediately next to your Glowforge, you can monitor it’s job progress while you step away – giving you peace of mind everything is okay. I won’t cut Acrylic without this! I multi-task assembling my creations and products while looking up to watch my machine progress.

Glowforge Tools for Everyday Use

Masking material: 12-inch wide x 100 ft roll of Paper Transfer Tape – needed if you don’t like the scorch marks on non-Proofgrade material, or 6-inch wide x 100 ft version.

Gorilla Tape – removes masking from cut pieces effortlessly.

3M Tape Roll – Double-sided adhesive roll – great for assembling mass-production products quickly. I use it for all the teeny tiny pieces in my Ornaments.

Plastic Razor Blade Scraper – another option for removing masking with little effort.

Electronic Digital Caliper – Absolutely necessary for solving “Kerf” issues.

Material Hold-Down Pins – wood and acrylic are very sensitive to the moisture content in the surrounding air and will warp if stored unweighted, hold-down pins help to correct this frustration. You can print/cut these from wood or MDF, but the longest lasting are made from 3D printed plastic.

Material Hold-Down MagnetsNeodymium magnets are verrryyy strong – strong enough that they hold down warped boards effortlessly. My go-to option when I need the board held down in the middle of the board where a pin won’t reach.

Replacement Lenses & Mirrors – Eventually your printer head lens and accompanying mirrors will burn out – you can either wait forever to order it from Glowforge (they’re always out of stock) or buy these from American Photonics. I prefer these, and think they’re a higher quality lens and mirror than Glowforge’s option. Have an extra set on hand, your lens or mirror WILL burn out at the WORST possible time, usually when you have a stack of orders due, tomorrow!

X-acto Knife – Sometimes your design doesn’t cut all the way through your wood, when this happens an X-acto knife is useful to help release the piece the rest of the way. You’ll soon learn what’s salvageable and what isn’t – careful with the pressure you apply, as you don’t want to cut yourself.

Glowforge Tools for Cleaning

Zeiss Lens Cleaning Wipes – best pre-moistened towelette for cleaning your glass lenses. Cutting with clean lenses will give you more precise cuts and alignment.

Alcohol Wipes – Best for removing the char from wood pieces and also general machine cleanup. Can be used to clean lens and mirrors as well, make sure to let the alcohol dry streak-free.

Microfiber Towel – Along with the Zeiss wipes, this is my main item for machine cleanup.

Plastic / Acrylic Cleaner – Not only will these make your Glowforge machine body shine, but you can also repair any scratches, or remove film buildup from Acrylics.

ZEISS Lens Cleaning Wipes, 80 Count

$9.99 $4.62 ($0.06 / Count)

ZEISS wipes are the gold standard for cleaning laser lenses & mirrors

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Microfiber Cleaning Cloths - 2 Pack

$14.84 $10.03
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Glowforge Tools for Product Assembly & Manufacturing

All of the materials take different glue, there’s not really a reliable all-purpose glue. Think about which materials you’ll work with the most.

Acrylic Glue: You can also repair any scratches, or remove film buildup from Acrylics.

Wood Glue: Useful for large and thick creations with multiple layers. If pieces are small then I switch to CA glue.

CA Glue for small pieces of wood, leather, and paper

Mini Bar Clamps – a must-have for sign-making!

Silicone Work Mat – These baking mats clean up effortlessly and protect my countertops when I’m gluing and staining projects.

3-Tier Drying Rack – perfect for mass quantity projects, like Christmas ornaments!

1″ and 2″ Foam Brushes – best for applying wood stain, paint, and sealant onto creations without the mess of paint brushes.

CA Super Glue by GLUE MASTERS - 16 OZ - Medium

$55.99 ($3.50 / Ounce)
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200 Pack 1" Foam Brush

$32.99
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100 Pack 2" Foam Brush

$21.99 ($0.22 / Count)
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TEKTON 6 inch Ratchet Bar Clamp - 9 in. Spreader

$9.00

Have a few on hand for holding pieces together while the glue hardens, especially for sign-making.

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Weld-On 4 Acrylic Adhesive

$28.95 ($1.81 / Fl Oz )
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Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue, 16 oz

$9.99 $9.39 ($0.59 / Fl Oz)
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3-Tier Cooling / Drying Rack

$16.39
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Amazon Basics Silicone, Non-Stick Mat 2 pk

$15.64 ($7.82 / Count)
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Glowforge Tools for Specific Materials

Leatherworking:

Leather Needles & Thread – A must-have for the aspiring leather worker! Remember, your Glowforge can cut all the thread holes for you!

Woodworking:

Wood Stains – Easy to apply oil-based wood stains in a variety of colors – Fast drying. To save time, I pre-stain my boards and dry them for 5-10 min. before lasering.

Polycrylic Water-Based Clear Satin Sealer – protect all wood you’ve stained for durability. Clear Satin has a subtle shine to it in the light. Enhances your stain color. Easy to apply.

Shop Paper Towels – Very thick, absorbent. Like paper towels on steroids. I prefer these for wiping off stains from my wood pieces, it doesn’t leave behind pesky fibers like towels do.

Varathane Premium Fast Dry Wood Stains, Half Pint

$8.95 ($1.12 / Fl Oz)
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Leather Working Tools and Supplies

$14.99 $9.99
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Scott® Shop Towels, 12 Rolls/Case

$54.99 $32.33 ($4.90 / 100 Sheets)
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Minwax Polycrylic Protective Wood Finish, Clear Satin

$12.98 ($1.62 / Fl Oz)
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Tools for Shipping What You Make

Tools for Running Your Business

Amazon Loves Small Businesses!

Amazon Business AccountIt’s Amazon only better! Get business-only pricing and quantity discounts, just for having an Amazon Business Account. I buy all of my consumables from foam brushes to shop towels to thermal printer refills through it and I save on average 10-15% off the regular prices on Amazon!! Also, be aware of quantity discounts… you could save even more! For example, take a look at the CA Glue I use every day, and check out the savings…

For more info: Small Businesses can SAVE 10-15% with an Amazon Business Account [coming soon…]

Amazon Business Account Quantity deals

Amazon Tax Exemption Program – Do you have a Seller’s Permit or Resale Tax Certificate? If you do, then all of your Amazon Business Account purchases can also be tax-exempt! Simply upload the document and enter the number, wait a few days for it to be reviewed and then all of your purchases won’t have tax collected.

Sell Retail

Etsy Retail Marketplace – Sign up through our link and get 40 FREE listings!! – Etsy is the #1 retail destination for people looking for handmade gifts on the internet. Though it doesn’t come without challenges – in recent years Etsy has been cluttered with junk from overseas that is clearly not handmade locally. This works to your favor – handmade and lasermade products do stand out. Don’t copy what everyone is doing – the key is to be different and create your own style. Etsy can be a chore though with all of it’s rules and dealing with individual Karens that are never satisfied, but for the most part, you can still do well.

Sell Wholesale

Faire Wholesale Marketplace – Faire is the #1 destination for businesses, boutiques, gift shops, pet stores, mercantile shops, small-town-sell-everything shops go-to for unique products that aren’t carried in big department stores or sold on Amazon. There’s been a huge push since Covid for local Retailers to source products made locally and by small businesses and makers like us! The key to success on Faire is to be unique and not do what everyone else is doing! For laser-based businesses, that means finding ways to stand out, and create your own style. Whether you create finished products or unfinished product kits, there’s stores looking for what you’re making.

For more info: How to Crush It on Faire Selling Wholesale! [coming soon…]

Software Tools

SVG is the ONLY accepted file format for uploading into your Glowforge machine. Learn to Love them. The Glowforge Projects Catalog is very limited.   But once you know how to make your own SVG files the possibilities are endless!

Adobe Illustrator SVG Software

Adobe Illustrator – If you’re going to sell your SVG’s, this is what the Pros use. A million features, extensive community, and capabilities are endless. Paid software at $20.99 / month [Student & Educator Discount avail]

Sample Tutorial: How to Create a Word SVG Laser Cut File in Illustrator

Inkscape – Gets the job done and Free. Not nearly as robust as Illustrator, but if you only ever plan on tweaking an SVG file here and there, then this will be more than adequate.