I’m happy overall with the support this machine has received, specifically from Glowforge themselves. I’ve been meaning to do a long winded write up about my experiences and set up. But this week has been been irritating, for all the amazing things this machine can do the one thing that really burns a hole in profits/time is the damn fish-eye on the camera. I mean I really really hate how much effort it takes to correctly line up one ( usually multiple pieces ) for an order on a piece of inventory for a custom order and to have it not centered as shown in the preview.
I’ve gone through the GF App phase where you have to learn what files it will like and in what format to get the kind of etching/cutting you want. But when I’m working with pre-cut stock like slate that I need to get centered just right it is such a pain. Mainly the fish-eye on the camera is just terrible, secondly all of the pre-print renders always end up nudging your initial design around, only to have to finally correct your design at the 3rd and final stage after clicking “print”. It’s terrible. If there’s any upgrade that could ever be done to this machine it would be a new focusing/camera grid that would take a better snap shot and align my design better. I would happily buy it to avoid continued loss of stock on very small pieces. I personally would never trust the alignment on this machine to etch my own laptop, much less something more expensive or risky like someone else’s personal property, its just and entire segment of the market I’ll be missing out on.