I haven’t popped up on the forums yet, but I started at Glowforge a couple weeks ago on the software team. Since I finally made something at this past Laser Thursday, I thought I’d post here. Previously all I had done are some draw and print on acrylic (as Glowforge encourages people to do at trade shows like CES recently). This is the first draft of a sign I hope to make very fancy (this picture was taken straight off the glowforge):
I’ve had a simple paper print out of this slogan – “Check the obvious things first. Did you check the obvious things? No, really, check the obvious things!” – by my desk for almost six years after a particular incident at my previous company where I spent a day debugging it. If I’d not dismissed the obvious thing first, I would have saved myself a lot of frustration!
Once I knew I was going to be going to Glowforge, I started thinking about a classy wood version of this sign. Of course, between changing jobs and ramping up here, I hadn’t spent any time designing it. Laser Thursday came up way too fast but I fired up Inkscape anyway. I don’t know Inkscape (or Illustrator) so it took a while to just figure out how to put some text on the page or understand what size it was going to be. The resulting SVG was pretty sipmle. My partner had a pile of random materials he’d stashed for projects some day, so there wasn’t really much cost in just printing it even if the design can’t really be called much of a design. The result is better than I expected, but I think that’s because wood is very lovely when laser cut – even just plywood. The next version will probably have some emphasis on the word “obvious”, be cut out in a more interesting shape than a rectangle and probably some accent marks (and maybe thumbtack or nail holes!)
Since this is my first post here, a bit about me: I’ve been working in software either for fun or professionally since before college. But after college I’ve mostly been working in what we call “backend” (or server-side) software, in fields like telecom, finance, and online retail. This will be my first job that has a physical device so immediately important and that was a big part of its appeal to me professionally. That it’s also a product to enable everyone to make things for themselves clinched the deal.
Well and obviously: LASERS!