Best Practices for Using Your Glowforge Air Filter

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Perform the following steps for each print. 

Choose your materials

Your Glowforge Air Filter has been tested with a wide variety of Proofgrade materials and designed to work with all laser-compatible materials. However, some materials, like Proofgrade Draftboard or MDF, will cause your filter cartridge to fill up and require replacement much more quickly than others.

Turn on your Glowforge Air Filter

Use the switch next to the power cord to turn your Glowforge Air Filter on before each print.  

Run your print

Ensure that you use laser-compatible materials, like Proofgrade hardwood, plywood, and acrylic.  Different materials will fill the filter cartridge at different rates.  MDF and Proofgrade Draftboard are not recommended, as they will cause the filter cartridge to fill quickly.

When your print is done, leave your Glowforge Air Filter running

Running air through your Glowforge Air Filter will prolong the life of the cartridge.  For best results, leave it running one minute for each minute that you print.  For example, when you finish two 30-minute prints, leave it running for an hour after they finish.  

Turn off your Glowforge Air Filter

When you’re done, use the switch next to the power cable to turn off the Glowforge Air Filter.  

Materials will have an odor when they’re removed.  If you prefer, you can reduce this odor by leaving the materials in your Glowforge longer while the Glowforge Air Filter is running. 

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