Is Glowforge Aura a design fad or the future of crafting?

Glowforge Aura; a white laser machine on a desk
(Image credit: Glowforge)

The new Glowforge Aura is a laser cutting and engraver with crafters in mind. It's part of a new trend for laser machines to encroach on the digital crafting scene made popular by Cricut, but can this compact laser craft machine really nudge out the blade machines everyone is used to? Maybe.

For years laser engravers and cutters have been large, heavy machines (you can find a roundup of the best laser machines in my guide) but this year has seen a trend for smaller, compact laser-based cutters and engravers that have digital crafters and hobbyists in their sights. Some are enclosed machines like the excellent xTool M1 while you can read my LaserPecker 4 review to find an example of a neat desktop machine.

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Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creative Bloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and video game titles Play and Official PlayStation Magazine. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on digital art, VFX and video games and tech, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5.