Buying safety gear at New York Maker Faire

I still need to buy safety glasses and a fire extinguisher before my GF arrives. It’s a little pricey to get that stuff shipped to Canada.

I’m in New York in October for the Maker Faire. Does anyone know if we can buy those kinds of things at the Faire?


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I’ve never seen like that for sale at a MF. I’d suggest searching out safety equipment at industrial suppliers such as Grainger, or possibly welding supply shops.

The bottle should be easy to obtain – the glasses will probably be more of a challenge.

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I found these ones from that shipped to Canada.
They actually were shipped from China, but arrived only a week after I ordered them. That may have been a fluke though.

Just discovered that they do business in Canada as Acklands-Grainger:

Turns out they also carry laser safety goggles.

Cheers, D

Google was handing out goggles at Bay Area maker faire. They were simple acrylic, but should function decently well as safety glasses (this from someone operating his laser with no enclosure of any sort for more than 2 years now… so I am not exactly a safety guru)


they sell some good laser glasses around here and they have miniature fire extinguishers the size of a spray paint can.
if you have any issues I can purchase what you need and ship it to you after it arrives.

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The spray is neat and I might get one for the kitchen(to accompany my bigger one).

However, I’m not sure I would want to spray my Glowforge with that stuff. Biodegradable or not, the liquid could damage components.

I ordered a halogen one that @Christopher tracked down on Amazon.

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Those glasses appear to be for laser level use, not CO2 lasers (10600nm). I would be very cautious about buying those.

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oops, good catch!

as far as fire extinguisher goes, I plan on using the dry chemical powder one for absolute emergencies only. for small little oops fires, I plan on using a spare tank of argon gas from my welding kit with an extra regulator set to about 15CFM with a tube going into the chamber. if something decides to flare up I can stop the laser and flood the chamber with argon.

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Not entirely our fault… We grew up not wearing a helmet for anything, and standing up in the back seat of the car!
Eye safety was a good squint. Over life I have developed one to rival Clint Eastwood. :confounded:


I picked up two pairs of laser-safety eye protection from vs eyeware for around 35 bucks each (on a slight sale). Don’t know much about LSEP, but they feel sturdy, and have the protected wavelength(s) printed on each side of the frame.

I also grabbed two pairs of the work glasses from Google at SF Maker Faire. They are CE certified and rated ANSI Z87.1-2010. The packaging states “These safety glasses block 99.9% of ultraviolet light up to 380nm. THEY DO NOT MEET RADIANT ENERGY TRANSMISSION REQUIREMENTS.” (their caps)

I wasn’t sure they were real protective glasses, but the lady at the google booth told me that they were, and to grab an extra pair, mentioning that “when we place an order for a couple of hundred-thousand of something like this, they come out very cheap per unit. A lot cheaper than eyes.”


The link you posted for vs eyeware goes to a website that is not about glasses. Are you sure you have the right link.


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these are the ones I ordered:

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whoops, misspelled it. Corrected now. Thanks!

Instead of Safety glasses can I just put duct tape over the pass through slots or do I need to worry that 60 watts will fry it even on a reflection?

of course @dan and his lawyers can’t answer. so looking for more laser enthusiast answers.

Aluminum tape would be better than duct tape. So long as there is no optically clear path (to that wavelength), you are solid.

Really as long as the passthrough is well below your eye level, you are pretty much golden. The beam has to reflect off something inside, then get through the slot. So only things in a straight line from slot to item on cutting bed are in danger. One of the things in THAT line could reflect AGAIN and send it to your eyes… but now you have TWO flawed mirrors with horrible transmission rates helping keep you safe.


Don’t forget about pets or small children whose eye level is a lot lower than an adults. They both tend to be more curious than cautious, too.

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oh sure, now I’m thinking I need to install the glowforge in a concrete bunker with a retina scan, voice print, and blood sample required for safety purposes along with a 48 page waiver to enter and use?


I believe it has a flap anyway.

Oh thanks @dan, in that case a simple piece of masking tape could suffice for me.

I cringe at the thought of sticky residue on my pretty new Glowforge. :grin: