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    Default Re: Glowforge, Too good to be true?

    Some folks with production Basic Glowforges are finding that it shuts itself down when the temperature measured by the GF exceeds something like 75 °F. Eventually the cloud-only software will be upgraded so that the Basic just pauses when it sees a high temperature, but for now it shuts down and turns your partially finished work into a piece of scrap. The Basic uses a water solution to cool the tube but it can't lowered to less than ambient temperature because there is no active cooling in the Basic. There is no easy way (like a bucket of ice water) to better cool the tube given the way that cooling is integrated into the Basic unit and presumably doing so would invalidate the 6-month (12-month for early pre-orders) warranty. Some users that must use their Basics in warm rooms are installing window AC units in those rooms, but those tha planned to use them in the garage and live in warm climates are SOL for the time being.

    Pro users have some sort of Peltier cooling so should be in better shape, but GF refuses to release any info on the capacity of its active cooler so its hard to tell how effective that may be, especially since no Pro models have shipped yet. One guy received an email asking for confirmation that he still wanted his Pro back on June 30, the day that GF promised Pro shipping would start. Last I heard that guy is still waiting for tracking info on his shipment and the original email cautioned that he could expect up to 6 weeks for delivery. Out of presumably 10,000 orders, only 40 users are known to have received units and those are all Basic models.

    The folks that have received production Basic units all seem to like them and some of their lasered projects look pretty good so the GF may eventually turn out to be a decent product, but anyone considering one now that wants to use it in a room that is at more than 72 °F should really consider the Pro model for whatever active cooling it provides.



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    Default Re: Glowforge, Too good to be true?

    That doesn't seem like a small issue, but rather a glaring, massive, obvious fufu.

    The ambient temps in my workshop are about 25C before the sun comes up - can get to 35-40C on a 'good' day

    Still, not an issue for me - I would never buy one of these, for one simple reason: I live 3km from the border with Malaysia. Shipping to Malaysia - even right out in the boonies of deepest Sarawak - costs ~$1100. To ship to me, a tiny country with good infrastructure and much, much easier to deliver to and in than Malaysia, costs $2300. No logic at all.

    Well, that and the fact that I wouldn't buy one anyway - too small, too limited, too low-powered. I can already scan an object to vector and my sub-$1000 K40-style unit already has a camera and I can't see it being a big job to fit one to my next unit.

    So, only 40 units delivered from an estimated sipping date of Dec 2015 - outstanding!



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    Default Re: Glowforge, Too good to be true?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zootalaws View Post
    That doesn't seem like a small issue, but rather a glaring, massive, obvious fufu.

    The ambient temps in my workshop are about 25C before the sun comes up - can get to 35-40C on a 'good' day

    Still, not an issue for me - I would never buy one of these, for one simple reason: I live 3km from the border with Malaysia. Shipping to Malaysia - even right out in the boonies of deepest Sarawak - costs ~$1100. To ship to me, a tiny country with good infrastructure and much, much easier to deliver to and in than Malaysia, costs $2300. No logic at all.
    Living there, you would be waiting a very long time for a GF. They haven't even started shipping outside the US and will not provide any timeline other than International (from a US standpoint) buyers can expect delivery by October, November or December. I forget which is the current claim. They do caution that buyers units could get held up in customs for a month or so.

    So far as the 75 °F (24 °C) temperature limit for Basic units go, some forum members are starting to question why they were not made aware of this limit long ago and why the company web site still doesn't mention the limit.



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    Default Re: Glowforge, Too good to be true?

    Its going to be a Glowforge world before long.



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    Default Re: Glowforge, Too good to be true?

    Quote Originally Posted by videorov View Post
    Its going to be a Glowforge world before long.
    So long as your world never gets above 75 °F.



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