The Bristol Press – Bristol Public Library will showcase the new Glowforge machine

BRISTOL – Bristol Public Library will hold a program on August 10 to showcase its new Glowforge machine, which can perform woodcuts and make intricate engravings from photos.

The library at 5 High St. added the Glowforge to its computer lab, which also houses a 3D printer, last December. On Wednesday, August 10 from 2-3 p.m., Seth Ramos, Computer Lab Supervisor, will walk visitors through how to use the machine and allow them to create their own projects.

“The Glowforge is a really user-friendly desktop laser cutter for hobbyists to use,” Ramos said. “We have used it for several projects for patrons. It has a 40 watt laser and can cut up to two inches of wood for wood carving. It can also engrave images and fonts for word art. We have these beautiful maple wood 4×4 cutouts that people can use to engrave photos of their loved ones, family members, and pets.

Ramos said it takes the Glowforge machine about 10 to 15 minutes to complete an engraving. People are encouraged to pre-register for this program, but Ramos said people are encouraged to continue using the machine during the rest of the library’s opening hours.

“We’ll start by talking about the machine and how it works,” Ramos said. “If there’s a long line, I’ll be in the library all day, we can make sure we get to your project. We can also set up a 1-on-1 session to work with the machine. »

The library will provide wood for people to use for the program. Ramos said any unfinished wood is an ideal material for the Glowforge machine.

“There are just certain materials, like plastic, that we can’t use because of the fumes,” he said.

Ramos said he was the only one allowed to touch the Glowforge machine at the library. However, he said, people can email him “SVG” files, at [email protected], which the machine can interpret to make engravings.

To register, visit or call Ramos at 860-584-7787, EXT. 2030.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or [email protected]

Published in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:22 PM. Updated: Wednesday, July 27, 2022 1:24 p.m.
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