3D printers have gotten a lot of attention in the past few years, but they aren’t the only useful tools a craftsperson, maker, or hobbyist can have. Sure, they can extrude plastic, but you need a different tool for cutting and etching it. Laser cutters are powerful devices that can create intricate shapes and detailed etchings on plastics, woods, and even metals. They’re also much larger and much, much more expensive than most consumer 3D printers. Still, if you have a use for one, the investment can easily be justified. Glowforge produces laser cutters compact and affordable enough for small businesses and well-heeled hobbyists. Its machines start at $2,500 for the Glowforge Basic and go all the way up to $6,000 for the Glowforge Pro we tested. Those are substantial sums of money, but they’re less than any Epilog or other commercial laser cutter. The Glowforge Pro is easy to use and let you create some nicely intricate coasters, ornaments, plaques, and other decorations. It’s a remarkable laser cutter for its size and price, but its biggest advantages over the lower-end Glowforge lasers are its feeder—which can handle longer materials than 19.5 by 11 inc...