It says it can cut up to about a quarter inch (6mm) birch plywood. It also says “Cut through thicker materials by setting your laser to automatically lower with multiples passes.” Are these two things connected? Or can a 5w laser do that in a single pass? Or is a 5w diode laser just a whole different thing?
They use the open source project https://github.com/LaserWeb for control. So when they say, “An In-built camera shows a live view of the workspace allowing easy alignment of materials,” they mean you can pull up a webcam shot of the bed, I think. At least, that’s what it looks like in a video of the software.
Can be run over USB, so that might be important for some people when comparing to the Glowforge.
As far as 3d engraving, it seems they just mean you can raise and lower the laser. If I understand what our Glowforges are supposed to do, it’s a little different, right? It needs that super duper variable power supply as part of how it does 3d engraving?
Anyhow, seems like a nice upgrade for those with the Emblaser 1. For the price and power, I’m still happy with my decision.