I had an intriguing question on a YouTube video: how does the Glowforge compare regarding print times with other lasers on the market?
How would you go about answering that question? This top post is a wiki. Feel free to edit as you see fit. When we can suitably agree on a common standard of testing, those with lasers (even more powerful ones) and Glowforge possessors can start submitting samples. I for one would not know what constitutes a long print time or a short print time.
Edit: from initial replies, the answer might not be to run tests at all but reframe the question. It all depends upon the complexity of a design and so many other factors as to be practically useless or imposssible. People might not be look for extreme precision. Most likely, people with no experience just want to know roughly how long a print might take.
This is how I would like to go about answering that question:
I understand that the answer depends upon the power of the tube, material and many other things. The market is wide-ranged in quality and price spread. This question I’d like to keep track of. Something that might be useful in the long run, to share experiences and note variations, if any, among the units. People have been asking if I could use some help, and this might be a way to join in the fun.
Request #1: Can someone provide a file that is not too complex, but has these elements to test in one image. Something like the recognition plaque that I posted.
a. 3 mm acrylic
b. three different levels of greyscale engraving, say 33.3%, 66.6%, 100%
c. scoring (how would one standardize a light scoring, vs deep scoring?)
d. one through cut.
e. design it so that it takes around 10 minutes for a 40 watt laser.
Please feel free to have it this topic as you wish. I’m just throwing it out. Thanks.