I know they’re farther along with the Compact Filters…they are already ready/tested. What they’ll likely do is wait until they have enough people sign up for a production run, and from that point, the delay would be short indeed. I received one about 3 weeks after I volunteered to test it. It might be a little longer than that, but we’re talking a month or two, not however long it’s going to be for the Glowforge filters to arrive.
The Glowforge filters are going to be a lot more difficult to manufacture, they require a specialty mold for the case, and they don’t follow a standard design, so yeah, they are going to take a lot longer. And if they discover any problems along the way, they have to start over, so it could be significantly longer.
So i don’t think it’s the same kind of delay that the final filter will suffer. All that folks are waiting on for this one will be the production run. Definitely quicker than the final GF filters.