Following a number of delays for its anticipated 3D Laser Printer, Glowforge announced it is beginning to ship pre-release units. The company revealed California manufacturer Flex is also working on the project. The news of Glowforge’s 3D Lazer Printer shipment comes just a few months after the company raised $22 million during its Series B investment round.
As previously reported, Glowforge captured $28 million for the 3D Lazer Printer during its self-running crowdfunding campaign. The printer debuted to the public for the first time at last year’s World Maker Faire New York. At the event, Glowforge was awarded three Make Editor’s Choice Awards and made more than 150 prints in a single day. The company also announced that September would be the last month customers can pre-order a Glowforge at the steeply discounted price of $2,395. Glowforge CEO, Dan Shapiro, recently stated:
“Our pre-order discount is just about over, and we don’t want anybody to miss out on a chance to get a Glowforge printer at this price before the discount expires next month. After watching hundreds of people print everything from handbags to furniture, we’re just about ready for production. We’re now doing long-term reliability testing and building beta units on our US factory line, and our beta customers are using them every day. I’m constantly amazed at the projects they share with us.”
The company reported that pre-release printers are headed to multiple cities around the U.S. over the coming weeks. Shipments also include a $150 pack of Proofgrade hardwood and other assorted materials, designed by Glowforge for optimal printing results. Glowforge also noted it plans to start large-scale deliveries in December and will update its schedule forecast at the end of the month after reviewing final results from beta and pre-release customers.
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