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Welcome to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library's New Toy

What materials can Glowforge cut? Engrave?

Glowforge can cut wood, fabric, leather, paper, plexiglass (acrylic), Delrin (acetal), mylar, rubber, fiberglass, Corian, foods, and much more.  It can also engrave on all of the above plus glass, coated metal, marble, anodized aluminum, titanium, and some phones, tablet, laptops, and more.   

What is the thickest material that Glowforge can cut?

Glowforge performs well with materials 1/4" and under on a single pass. It can accommodate material as thick as 1/2", but may require multiple passes or flipping the material over.

Which design platforms does Glowforge work with?

Glowforge is compatible with JPG, PNG, SVG, PDF, and other file formats. You can create Glowforge-compatible files from a variety of different software platforms like Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, CorelDraw, Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, Autodesk 360, & Sketchup.  


1. After you have scheduled your print, complete the Glowforge Print Request Form. You are required to use your SJSU email address to submit your file.

Figure 1: SJSU Sign-in

2. Look for an email from that will notify you of any issues we have with your file or model.

3. Once your print request is completed, you will received notification by email with a date and time for pickup.

Note:  You may pick up your request from the Materials Library, located on the Lower Level Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.


San Jose State University Library’s Glowforge laser printer is free for all SJSU students, faculty, and staff for making three-dimensional objects.

The Library’s Glowforge laser printers may be used only for lawful purposes. SJSU students, faculty, and staff will not be permitted to use the Library’s printers to create material that is:

  1. Prohibited by local, state, or federal law.
  2. Unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others. Such use may violate the terms of use of the manufacturer.
  3. Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment, at the discretion of the Library Dean. Any appeals on the judgment of a print may be made to the Library Dean.
  4. In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection.

Copyright and other intellectual property restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying/scanning order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright or other intellectual property laws.

By submitting your files to you are acknowledging and agreeing to the following statements:

  • I have read, understand, and will comply with the notice posted above. 
  • I grant permission to San Jose State University's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library to reproduce the photocopy or other reproduction and return it to me, and I have the legal right and authority to grant this permission. 
  • I will not use the reproduction for any commercial purpose or allow any third party to do so.

Please contact with questions regarding this policy.

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