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Viking Production Lab: Laser Engraver

A Place to Learn, Create, & Explore

What can be used in the Glowforge

different materials like wood, leather, felt, fabric, acrylic, paper (and food) can be used a Glowforge machine. Make intricate designs for your art or work projects. 

Items you NEVER want to cut with a laser:

  • PVC including Vinyl and Pleather (emits chlorine gas)
  • ABS (emits cyanide gas)
  • HDPE/milk bottle plastic.
  • Fiberglass.
  • Coated carbon fiber.
  • Materials that reflect the laser (Chrome or Copper)
  • PolyStyrene Foam or PolyPropylene Foam.

20 Projects used by a Glowforge machine

Safety Parodical for 3D Printing

NEVER operate system unattended. Properly maintained fire extinguisher should always be in the area. Always keep the area around cutter free of debris, clutter, and flammable materials. Keep interior of the laser cutter clean and free of debris.

  • DO NOT modify or disable any safety features of the laser system.
  • DO NOT operate the laser unless all covers are in place and interlocks are working properly.
  • DO NOT look directly into laser beam.
  • DO NOT view directly with optical instruments.
  • Use accepted materials only. Some materials engraved, marked, or cut with the laser can produce toxic and corrosive fumes.
  • DO NOT operate if the view port is damaged, with any doors removed, or if any safety interlocks are defeated
  • NEVER defeat laser interlocks built into the cutter. This could allow the beam to escape the laser cutter
  • One design only and no mass production. 

If you need any help at all or have trouble with the operation of  the equipment, PLEASE do not attempt to change anything yourself.

Persons of Contact:

David Dusto  Electronic Resources Librarian (252)335-3432


Nia Kearney  University Library Technician (252)335-8519

Glowforge interactive classroom

Uploading Design


G.R. Little Library

Elizabeth City State University