Having enjoyed my Glowforge for more than a year with almost daily use and no problems whatsoever, I thought I’d share some of my tips for a smooth operation.
- Check the Glowforge Support page regularly for cleaning, updates to the manual and general support.
- Never walk away from your Glowforge when it is running a job. If you need to, press the button to pause.
- Make a note of every print run time so you know exactly when it is time to clean your machine.
- Clean the lid camera lens with a Zeiss lens wipe more often so you maintain a clear view of the laser bed.
- Ensure each sheet lies perfectly flat on the laser bed and has no warp to it. Secure with honeycomb pins if need be. Store your sheets flat if you can. Honeycomb bed holdown pins
- Ensure the surface the Glowforge is sitting on is perfectly flat and level, and the lid closes properly.
- Don’t open the cover of the Glowforge to the point of stressing out the fragile black ribbon cable. Only open it as far as necessary before it falls down by itself. That is about 45-50 degrees on mine.
- Allow the Glowforge to complete its sequence - the clicking you hear at the end of each run job - before you shut it off.
- Before using non-proofgrade materials, run a test such as this. Each material behaves differently.
- Conducting thorough and timely maintenance is essential to the smooth running of your Glowforge and can prevent many issues from occurring, such as not cutting through, getting stuck on homing and centering, all the way to your machine turning into a fire hazard due to debris buildup.
- If your cuts don’t appear to line up where you thought they should, run the camera calibration procedure. Camera Calibration Community Discussion Thread
- Don’t have a bright light above your Glowforge, it may confuse the lid camera.
- When it counts (finger joints, etc) measure material thickness and accommodate your design if necessary. Don’t just assume it is the stated thickness.
- Remove all materials from the Glowforge before you start it up. Having materials in the bed can confuse the camera during head alignment.
Some more good ones have come in to be shared:
- If at all possible, store your materials flat and dry so they don’t warp.
- It saves laser time when you place your engravings horizontally.