According to Bailey Nelson, a Senior Marketing Manager at the Seattle-based startup, CEO Dan Shapiro came up with the idea for the product, called Proofgrade™, which was built by the firm’s operations team and laser design experts.
Although Proofgrade™ was not crowdfunded like the Glowforge 3D laser printer, it was well-received by participants in the Glowforge Beta program. Nelson attributes its success to features such as “smart” QR codes which allow for fine-tuning of the product and hardwoods and leathers sourced from “the highest quality standards.”
(A Glowforge press release distributed via Business Wire notes that the materials are also compatible with other CO2 laser cutters and engravers.)
The new product is currently only available to Glowforge customers via Proofgrade.com, but Nelson stated in an email that it will soon be purchasable by all.
“We’ll continue to expand the range of Proofgrade material offerings,” she said, “and plan to open the store up to the public.”