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    Default Re: Glowforge, Too good to be true?

    I would rather have an Epilog, but I'm not going to drop $15,000 plus on something I'll only use a few times a year. I wanted a project to play with. A couple thousand bucks to tinker around with is nothing. If I bought a larger machine for what I've put into mine, it would still be a piece of junk that needed to be ripped apart and reworked. I'll end up with a machine that suites my needs and I'll know everything about it.



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    and how many hours did it take to make the cuts LOL
    I've no idea how it took to engrave, but I've asked and will report back here if I find out. I do know that GF is still tweaking the motion control.



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    What ever the time you can be ssure its 10 times longer then with a real laser engraver. The gf has to stop to cool down, it has a closed loop cooloing and it get to hot to keep up continuous engraving or cutting.

    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelHenry View Post
    I've no idea how it took to engrave, but I've asked and will report back here if I find out. I do know that GF is still tweaking the motion control.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbird48 View Post
    What ever the time you can be ssure its 10 times longer then with a real laser engraver. The gf has to stop to cool down, it has a closed loop cooloing and it get to hot to keep up continuous engraving or cutting.
    The guy that did the 4x7 engraving tells me that it took about 50 minutes to engrave. From the experiments that those with pre-release are running it sounds like they've been able to run for several hours with no need to shut down. Do you have experience with the GF or are you just extrapolating from experience with some other laser?



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    Default Re: Glowforge, Too good to be true?

    just been watch vids of the glowforge running saw one Adam did he said it took 40 mins to engrave and cut, Mine would do that in about 8 mins



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbird48 View Post
    just been watch vids of the glowforge running saw one Adam did he said it took 40 mins to engrave and cut, Mine would do that in about 8 mins
    Just curious - what brand and model laser cutter do you have?



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    Default Re: Glowforge, Too good to be true?

    Rabbit Laser 6040 60 watt



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    Default Re: Glowforge, Too good to be true?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbird48 View Post
    Rabbit Laser 6040 60 watt
    That does look like a nice laser cutter but it's too big and heavy for the basement office space allocated for me. Looks like it would be about 50% more than what I paid as well but it does look like you get some nice features for the extra money, especially the extra 15 watts and the larger cutting area in both X/Y and Z. A raisable table would be nice to have though I don't see any immediate need for it for myself.

    It would be interesting to compare the same files engraved with different laser cutters.



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    Default Re: Glowforge, Too good to be true?

    You can import a Rabbit 6040 60 watt cheaper then a glow forge and a z table is absolutely necessary geesh if you have a box 2 inch thick and want to engrave a picture on top you can't do it without a up down table.
    It doesn't5 take up a lot of space it 3' x 5' can be taken apart to get thru small doors and is on big casters so it rolls easy. To Heavy?? Mine sits on a 3/4 inch raised particle brd floor hasn't fell thru in 2 years LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbird48 View Post
    You can import a Rabbit 6040 60 watt cheaper then a glow forge and a z table is absolutely necessary geesh if you have a box 2 inch thick and want to engrave a picture on top you can't do it without a up down table.
    It doesn't5 take up a lot of space it 3' x 5' can be taken apart to get thru small doors and is on big casters so it rolls easy. To Heavy?? Mine sits on a 3/4 inch raised particle brd floor hasn't fell thru in 2 years LOL
    Did you buy from RabbitUSA? Sounds like you imported it yourself and, if so, what sorts of issues did you have with payment, transport, and import taxes/duty and what do you do for tech or maintenance support?

    I just don't need the raised table, 3'x5' is more space than I have available, and I don't want to deal with moving something that large down the stairs. I suspect that we each have different laser cutting needs, and consequently need different machines. If I ever get the Glowforge I've paid for, would you be interested in comparing engravings done on each of our machines? My interest would be in learning something, not in bragging rights.



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    Default Re: Glowforge, Too good to be true?

    I bought mine from Rabbit USA. I just happened to get lucky they had a used machine for sale , which doesn't happen very often and I got a good deal. Also I was on the east coast for the summer and going to drive home on the west coast at the end of summer so I told them to hold the machine and I would pick it up on my way home which save me another 5 or 600 bucks.I got a whole days training at Rabbit and they loaded my machine and the next day headed home.If you direct import from Rabbit in China I'm sure you'll have good support and get a better price even better then what I got on a used machine.Also you can still get parts if needed from Rabbit USA.
    As far as comparing engravings I would do that. But first you have to get one and I'd bet a dollar to a doughnut thats not going to happen.. I really hate to be that negative and I'm sorry for all those who invested money, I just don't think they will ever get a unit that works as they described what 2 years ago now, and the company will either fold or put out a less then desirable laser. Look at the cost increase already and they still have not shipped lasers.A lot of people our now asking for refunds and buying other lasers. My advice would be go for the refund while they still have money to refund and go buy a real laser.



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    Default Re: Glowforge, Too good to be true?

    That Glowforge didnt make sense from the beginning. Lot of people bought into though. I've got two thunder lasers that have paid themselves numerous times while people are still on the waiting list for their glowforge that will never be as expected (either in cost or in quality, something will give).



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