Glowforge partners with WeWork to install 3D printers at co-working locations – GeekWire
Seattle startup Glowforge today announced a partnership with WeWork to place its 3D laser printer at co-working spaces across the world.
WeWork will provide access to printers from Glowforge and Formlabs for its members at WeWork Labs, a new early-stage startup incubator concept from the co-working giant. The printers will be available at WeWork Labs locations in Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, New York, and London. Members can use the machines but will need to provide their own materials and supplies.
“We see WeWork Labs as a platform for creators, innovators and makers alike, and believe partnering with Glowforge and Formlabs will give our members even more of an opportunity to take their ideas, and bring them to life,” WeWork Labs Creative Director Katie Perkins said in a statement.
The partnership does not involve any financial-related agreement.
WeWork has 50 Labs locations in 32 cities; the Seattle outpost opened in September. WeWork Labs differs from other accelerators and incubators in that it doesn’t take equity in the companies it houses, but it does charge rent ($390 per person, per month in Seattle). WeWork, now valued at more than $45 billion, benefits by bringing companies into its ecosystem early.
Glowforge launched five years ago. Instead of making objects out of plastic strands, the company’s printer uses a laser to quickly cut and engrave products made from raw materials like leather, paper, plastic, fabric, or cardboard, all with the push of a button.
The Seattle startup set a crowdfunding record in October 2015 but had trouble fulfilling orders, delaying production and shipping numerous times.
But the company worked its way back, getting original orders completed and expanding its footprint. Customers have now created more than three million prints with the devices, which are also sold on Amazon. Prices range from $2,495 for a basic model to $5,995 for the Pro version. The company is still fulfilling its air filter attachment and some international orders.
Glowforge inked a deal with craft retailer JOANN this past December to place its printers at JOANN stores. The 80-person startup has raised more than $40 million to date, including a $10 million investment last year from investors True Ventures and Foundry Group.
Seattle entrepreneur Dan Shapiro co-founded the company with fellow startup veterans Mark Gosselin and Tony Wright, who left Glowforge in 2017. Shapiro previously created Robot Turtles, a coding board game for kids that was one of Kickstarter’s most successful campaigns ever.