All of these are great updates but that “Set Focus” feature is wonderful! So often the automatically chosen spot falls off the edge of (or in a hole in) my material so being able to choose the spot is a big improvement. Plus it will make it less essential to measure exactly with calipers or to have completely flat materials! This is awesome!
That’s a great point @tim1724: if you’re using your own materials, you can now skip measuring them and entering the height, and use Set Focus instead.
@Rita thanks as always you guys are wonderful. Keep up the great work…
I just LOVE how so many really cool and essential things are rolling out to us. Thank you so much team Glowforge…you’re all doing an amazing job in keeping us happy and keeping our projects coming out better and better all the time.
Set Focus is a game-changer!
Hope folks are paying attention.
Thanks team Glowforge!
Thanks for these great improvements!
Dan, I did that today with some cutting boards for the bar and it worked PERFECTLY. Of course, we still need calipers for determining the width of joints for 3D objects, but this definitely means they will get a lot less use!
Delighted this helped! The feedback is much appreciated.
It’s been a while since I’ve visited the community - so glad to see this update! I’ll have to go home and try out this new feature asap!
Thanks GF staff for the continued improvements!
I haven’t run anything since this announcement, but I’d think the thickness measurement would be found in the manual settings so you could just read it. So possibly no need for calipers at all?
When using Set Focus, the thickness just appears as “auto”.
Set Focus is a very nice addition. Seems like an incremental step closer to SNAPMARKS FOR ALL!
… fingers crossed …
I’m not complaining - it is a very useful feature, and having designed and built software in the past, I know that sometimes the things that we think should be very easy to do / build / fix sometimes are far more complicated, particularly when they are added after the fact.
I’m going to guess that there is some special logic that tells the system to point to an internally stored value (the result of “set focus”) for the material height, and having the “auto” there may be a result of a logic branch that initiates a completely different set of processing.
Because it “just works” for me, I am *** PERFEFCTLY FINE *** with this approach.
Oh, no doubt! My response was too generic. The fact that it populates “Auto” instead of the value that it obviously knows is what I was calling lame. But even at that, I kinda don’t care. It just seems to me that it measured something, it should report something. If for no other reason than for use to look at that result to kinda go “Wait. That doesn’t seem right. I don’t think it’s that thick.”
There’s just no pleasing some people.
I agree. We could have it all and no issues and there would be those who would still find something wrong…
He was kidding, people… the Dr. Evil meme is a dead giveaway. Yeah, we’d love to see what the laser head measured the thickness as, but I’m not wanting them to waste time populating that value if they’re working on cool stuff like ‘snap marks’ for everyone!!
Set Focus will be a great help, especially when you’ve got something propped up on risers because it’s too thick for the crumbtray…