Happy September! Here in Seattle, the weather flicked like a light switch - I’m back in jeans and long sleeves, and just dropped the twins off for their second day of second grade. I wanted to share a brief update with the very latest on the Glowforge topics I know you care about most.
First, production: we’re moving as fast as we possibly can to ensure all units are delivered on time (details here). Our assembly line at the factory is turning out beta units which are going out to customers (and it’s not too late to volunteer to be a beta tester). We’re spending a lot of time and energy debugging the build procedures: simplifying assembly, designing fixtures that can speed up the process, and adding QA steps so that problems get detected earlier on the assembly line and can be fixed immediately rather than at the end.
Second, design: the major problems we’ve been worried about with regard to the design of the hardware (most famously the power supply) are (knock on wood) behind us. While we still have design adjustments going on, they’re increasingly minor. As an example, we brought in a thermal modeling expert to see how we can maximize the useful cut time between cool-down pauses. We fixed a problem where our 3d autofocus mechanism could overheat and stop moving. We’re adjusting the spacing of the strengthening ribs on the back side of the flip-down door - these are the latest shots from the door tool, which I’ll share because they happen to be sitting on my CTO’s desk right now.
Now, our biggest hardware focus is on safety and reliability - two goals that are tightly linked. Over the course of the past year we’ve assembled a team of safety and reliability experts, from one of the leading testing companies in the world to a world-recognized expert in laser regulatory compliance. We’re testing everything about the Glowforge for durability, repeatability, and ease of use. We want your Glowforge to work perfectly when you get it - and for years to come.
We’re working like mad to deliver all 30-day campaign units in December and all orders placed since then in March (details here). As always, meeting that is the second-most important goal we have as a company, eclipsed only by making sure your Glowforge is as good as it can possibly be. And as always, if you decide that you need to give up your Glowforge, just let us know and we’ll send you a full refund immediately.
With that, there’s a few more things cooking:
- We’ll be at Maker Faire Seattle and NYC, with the latest build of the software. We’ve got some new functionality in the software you’ve never seen before that we’re terribly proud of!
- Sourcing and testing your Proofgrade materials is an immense amount of work but going well. We had our first ever Lumber Summit where we got some of the top hardwood and plywood vendors together to ensure we could provide the most consistent, high quality, laser safe materials for you.
- The Air Filter is cranking along and passing all tests with flying colors; we won’t have it at Maker Faire, however, as we’re not satisfied with the molds for the outer shell yet.
- We’re working on scheduling another live video Q&A. All our video gear was lost in boxes in the move, so apologies on being way behind on having one! We’re working to get everything unpacked and will announce the time here soon.
That’s it for now - I’ll be hanging out in the comments to answer any questions I can!
Thank you, as always, for your support. We can’t wait to get you your Glowforge.