I have watched some videos of people building large format systems from scratch and they aren’t CHEAP… but hacking up a glowforge you still wind up with the shortcomings of the glowforge at the end of the day. Size and difficult to work on case along with things like questionable quality on the glued glass and such. I’d personally just buy a larger format chinese machine (definitely not a k40) or build from scratch.
I’m actually thinking I might start buying stuff to make a frame and add parts as I get the time and money to do so over the next year or two. Probably something like 36 x 24 bed area.
FYI, the search function only searches (I believe) the last year or two without you forcing it to look older - entering a “before” and “after” date will force that. I started at the very beginning of the forum (which had only been around a couple years when I joined) and literally read everything. It’s fun(?) but the older you get the less likely the info is still anything close to accurate so sticking to searching posts by @ dan going back that far might get you more - it was a while before they started doing official announcements.
That was the issue with the Blacktooth I mentioned above: the amount of tinkering required to maybe get to where I could do what I wanted to do with it was too high. There is nothing wrong with wanting to build or tinker with a laser (or other tools). It’s just not where I wanted to spend my time.
The Glowforge was only a little more expensive than the Blacktooth and, let me get on with stuff for which I wanted the laser.
Oh for sure. That’s one of the reasons I bought it. I saw all the hassles people were having to deal with to create a “good” K40 laser and decided I wanted something that I could pull out of the box and just go. BUT… we were talking about what we would/could do if the company went tits-up and we had to get a new laser or cobble together something from the remains of the glowforge. And I stick to that assessment that if I’m building a laser, while the glowforge husk would LOOK nice… it’d be too limiting and too much of a hassle when you could start with some extruded aluminum rails and create pretty much anything you want tailored to your shop, likes, taste, etc.