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Definition: 3D laser printer

A device that etches wood, metal and other material. Unlike a 3D printer that builds products layer by layer, a 3D laser printer cuts out areas and thereby reduces the amount of material. Contrast with 3D printing.

The Glowforge Process
This lamp was created entirely in a Glowforge 3D laser printer, using Glowforge's own wood and acrylic materials. The white protective cover on the wood is peeled away. (Images courtesy of Glowforge, Inc., www.glowforge.com)