I was super keen on GF when I first discovered them, laser cutting would be really helpful for the work I do in prototyping and small scale mfg of electronics, enclosures etc. I thought laser cutters were $10k+ and the price point of GF was amazing!
I pre-ordered day one (maybe 3-4 hours in) and have been following closely since. The cloud requirement is a bit bothersome, it doesn’t make sense that uploading images to a server (along with all other GF users) to process and retransmit control data is more efficient than using any modern PC’s insane processing power locally. I can understand the value business wise of locking users into an ecosystem but that’s not the stated reason. The December shipping was also a bit of a stretch, it sounded like some actual units would ship but it’s just the test units, fair enough but wasn’t too clear at the pre-order stage.
Anyways, I’m still super keen to get this new tool and so when I saw yesterday someone post a comment elsewhere about a $366 ebay 40W CO2 cutter with cheap shipping I immediately bought one! I don’t need many fancy features, I just need to be able to accurately cut some thin materials (acrylic / plastic / etc).
Has anyone tried these really low cost systems before and still justify the GF over it? Are they super hard to use? I’ll get it next week and can’t wait to try it out, I’m still keeping my pre-order at GF for now (2 lasers better than 1?), but if anyone from the community has tried both can you let me know if the GF value is going to be that much higher for basic cutter use?