I received my email to ship my Pro GF with filter this December (!!!) after being part of the original kickstarter. Really excited, but getting really nervous about the Class IV designation. I’m planning on using the glowforge in a school makerspace that I run and the the need (potentially) for multiple pairs of glasses and and continual supervision is a major deterrent.
The last thread I read on the topics of safety and schools and/or makerfaires was in '16, so I wanted to revisit here. The upshot of that thread was one user was going to downgrade to a Basic w/ filter so that he could use in public. I’m considering the same, but want more info.
@dan can you say more about this note in the shipping email:
We hired a team of laser safety experts to create specialized Pro Training for every customer, and we developed a set of Pro Shields that let you use your Pro in public and around kids.
I don’t want to be put in a bad situation and jeopardize safety around kids, so I’d love to know more of the nuts and bolt of what protocols need to happen around the laser. Maybe even a preview of the laser training?? I love the pass-thru and higher end optics, but truth is that we could probably get along just fine with Basic based on usage (not high production; more 1 off prototypes for student projects). In fact if I downgraded, I might be tempted to get 2 basics if I could possibly get in at kickstarter rate.