I’m so sorry that we missed this thread. There are a lot of factors that go into the lifespan of your cartridge. Some of those include how often you print, the designs you print, cutting versus engraving, and whether you follow the directions in the user manual for proper operation. For that reason, it is difficult to predict how long a filter cartridge will last.
To estimate, we tested Proofgrade materials with a standard Glowforge test print. It is 11 minutes long (the average duration of a Glowforge print, and is a mix of cutting engraving that reflects typical usage). If used only for cutting, cartridge life may be roughly half as long. If used only for engraving, it may be more than twice as long.
Note that we have only tested, and can only recommend, Proofgrade materials. Materials from other sources may work just as well, but some materials may clog the cartridge almost immediately. For example, MDF products ( including Proofgrade Draftboard ) will dramatically lower your filter cartridge life.
||Test prints before cartridge change
|Medium Proofgrade Hardwood (Maple, Cherry, etc) (1/8")
|Medium Proofgrade Acrylic (1/8")
|Thick Proofgrade Acrylic (1/4")
|Medium Proofgrade Plywood (1/8")
|Thick Proofgrade Plywood (1/4")
|Medium Proofgrade Leather
I’m going to close this thread. If you run into trouble again, or have any other questions, please post a new topic here on the forum or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help!