So we just got our GF today and have been SUPER excited to get it up and running. Went through all the setup as per the online instructions and got it all done up only to run into problems even before we could make our first cut. Camera lid isn’t focusing or is stuck on focusing and the gantry for the laser isn’t moving at all when it had when we first turned the machine on for the first time.
Looking for help on this as I would REALLY like to start getting creative and seeing what this thing is capable of and this problem is a real pain.
Everything is connected via Wifi and I have gone through and tried the lid camera recalibration but it did not work.
I would test if it would help by setting my phone up as a hotspot and connecting the machine to that. having the phone near the machine would let you know if the problem could be with the machine talking back to the router.
An extender made no difference for me when my calibration was failing (timeout error.)
My machine has worked flawlessly since 2017, but would not complete calibration. I ended up setting up a different wifi router and then it worked, but removed it immediately afterwards, and it’s worked fine since (a year now…)
Welcome to the community! You are in the right place.
If by chance you have a combination modem and router, I would invest in a stand alone wireless router. We had a $100 Motorola combo and I had problems getting dropped from a game I played, on the advice of a network engineer I know I bought a $25 TP-link and never had another issue.
The WiFi rabbit hole goes pretty deep. Between equipment quality, signal quality, interference, physical obstruction, how many others in the house using bandwidth, and how crowded the channel you are on is, it can be a real puzzle.
The laser and the cloud servers have a pretty robust conversation between them at startup, and just because your laptop or tablet or internet search work fine doesn’t necessarily mean the signal integrity is good enough for the glowforge.
Also when you post here you open a ticket for support, and it is helpful if you can include the date, time and timezone to aid them in tracking down the logs for your machine. Hang in there, they will get you setup.
I’m so sorry to hear that you’re running into trouble with your new Glowforge. I’ve extracted the log files form your unit, and compared it with the details you’ve provided.
Based on the logs, it appears your Glowforge is experiencing an unstable network connection, and is also running into trouble communicating with the Printer Head. I’d like to have you work through two steps.
I extracted the logs from your Glowforge to investigate, and it looks like the orange button is appearing because the Glowforge is having trouble communicating with the printer head. There are two key connections I’d like you to check for me.
Could you please do the following?
Turn off your Glowforge.
Holding only the finished black surfaces, grasp the printer head as shown. Pull gently up and back to disengage the magnets and remove the head.
There is a small tab in the center of the wire ribbon. Push down fully on the tab to release it, and gently pull the wire ribbon plug from the printer head.
Pick up the printer head and wire ribbon. Make sure the tab on the wire ribbon is facing up. Slide the ribbon back into the head until it clicks.
As shown, lower the printer head over the metal plate so that it rests next to the two round posts. Then push it gently away from you – you’ll feel a “click” as magnets pull the printer head until it sits snugly atop the metal plate.
After working through these instructions, before posting the photos, please try and utilize a hotspot connection on your phone, and connect your Glowforge to this connection. Does the same trouble occur, or are you able to print properly?
I also know that I am connected to the Wifi because when I open the app it tells me when the machine is offline and the lid is open, when I close the lid however it just says focusing and does not go beyond that.
I have checked all the ribbon connections for the lid camera and they all seem to be in place, no kinks in any of the ribbons anywhere and looks like that machine is made with quality and care in mind it’s just not working…