The Brownsville Public Library Makerspace offers use of a Glowforge Pro 3D Printer for public use. Glowforge allows users to cut and engrave a large variety of materials. 

Brand/ Model 

Glowforge Pro 

Cut and Engraving 

Glowforge performs well with many materials 1/4 in (0.6 cm) and less on a single pass. It can accommodate material as thick as 1/2 in (1.2 cm), but may require multiple passes or flipping the material over. For engraving, objects as thick as 2 in (5 cm). It can then engrave the surface up to 0.5 in (1.2 cm), depending on the material 

Materials Types 

Glowforge can cut  

  • wood 
  • fabric 
  • Leather 
  • Paper 
  • Plexiglas (acrylic) 
  • Delrin (acetal) 
  • mylar, 
  • Rubber 
  • Corian 
  • foods, and more. 

 Glowforge can also engrave all of the above plus: 

  • Glass 
  • coated metal 
  • Marble 
  • anodized aluminum 
  • Titanium 
  • some phones, tablets, and laptops 

Accepted files: 

Files that are accepted with Glowforge software: 

  • SVG (cutting and engraving) 
  • PNG (engraving) 

Patrons are required to have their design saved in the approved file formats prior usage.  

Additional Information 

  • There is no fee to use Glowforge equipment 
  • Patrons must provide material for use on machine, (wood, acrylic, etc.) 
  • Material must be approved prior to use of machine 
  • Patrons must have design ready when requesting usage of equipment (file saved in correct format) 
  • Makerspace waiver must be signed prior to use of equipment.  


The Brownsville Public Library Makerspace, is home to innovation and creativity. It features a variety of equipment, software, and kits in a flexible, collaborative workspace.  


Using Makerspace Equipment 

  • Makerspace equipment is available for walk-in use pending equipment and staff availability. An advance reservation is recommended. 

  • A library card in good standing with a signed waiver is required to make equipment reservations. 

  • A signed Use Agreement and Liability for Use Form acknowledging the user guidelines must be on file at before a maker is allowed use of the equipment. Forms are available at both makerspace departments. 

  • Makers are limited to one reservation per machine type per week (excluding the 3D printers). After a reservation has been used, if available, Makers can use a machine on a first come, first serve basis. 

  • Reservations may be made up to one week in advance. 

  • Since Makers are expected to monitor their projects at all times, only one machine may be reserved or checked out at a time.