Lost Lens Tool

Glowforge Basic/Plus/Pro

If you can’t find your lens tool, you can still use these instructions to remove the lens. You can also order a new lens tool in the Glowforge Shop here.

How to remove the lens without a lens tool

  1. Power off your Glowforge and open the lid.
  2. Holding only the finished black surfaces, grasp the printer head as shown. Pull gently up and back to disengage the magnets and remove the head.
    A hand holding and lifting the Glowforge print head off the carriage plate it rides on.

  3.  Push down on the small tab in the center of the wire ribbon to release the wire ribbon, and gently pull the wire ribbon plug from the printer head.

    A hand disconnecting the wide, white ribbon cable from the Glowforge print head

  4. The top of the printer head is held on by strong magnets. Grasping only the top, pull up carefully to remove it and set it aside.
    A hand removing the magnetic cover from the top of the print head
    A view of the blue-handle of the head mirror with the magnetic cover of the head removed

  5. Gently pick up the mirror and set it aside.
    A hand grasping the blue handle of the print head mirror

  6. Set the print head down, and tip it slightly toward you.

    Starting at the top of the head, where you just removed the mirror, use the eraser end of a pencil to gently push the lens out of the bottom of the print head.
    A view of the top of the print head with the magnetic cover and print head mirror removed.A pencil pushed, eraser side first, through the interior of the Glowforge print head. The mirror is to the left of the head having been pushed out.

  7. You've successfully removed the lens. 

If you run into trouble, contact our team. Send us a photo of anything you find out of place - we’re happy to help!

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