FrankenForge - Macgeek's Creature!

It’s alive … ITS ALIVE!!!

Happy new years folks, and for new years I am taking a basic Glowforge and cutting out the bottom, but adding in a Mess of features into it, based on my 7 (!) months here!!!

Warning this voids all warranties, may cause fires, and your cat to become sterile.


still not scared? let’s continue. . .

This post will documents the progress, and also show any issues / problems / successes.

and lets get started!



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I bought a Flat top Shop Cart from Uline, cut the top out and its my base for the GF
i already have messed up (pretty fast!) and mis-figured where the opening would be
not a major deal, just more cart cutting…

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My first real issue, is (and this is a cross post) how people moved the batch of wires away from the cutting area, I am ‘working’ around that issue, till I get / find a solution.

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Looking forward to seeing how this turns out. So many possibilities.

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Please keep posting on this. It is intriguing.

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There are others here that defloored theirs as well. Perhaps they can chime in on their experience.

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My hope :slight_smile:

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[Wakka, Wakka, Wakka, Wakka] (pacman noise)

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[Munch, Munch, Munch]

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I like the sound effects! :laughing:

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I’m wondering if the design was changed to deliberately route wires through there to discourage your activities. I don’t recall the other de-flooring posts mentioning any issues with wires in the floor.

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I agree about the others who have done this.

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The progress is progressing!
I am now into the area where wires are, so I am cutting one inch squares, and making sure wires are out of the way and onto the next inch. (On the right is a mirror, I am finding it really handy having a view of the bottom as I cut the top, to make sure i am not straying…)

I added a screw to hold the wires away from the area and to mark a no go past area

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This was an ‘early’ (3+ years old) unit, (tell by the packing slip) i think they actually rerouted the wires in newer units to make that easier, (I haven’t looked under my new pro yet to confirm that)
rerouting the wires will be a bit of a challenge, since there is both low voltage and high voltage wires there to deal with.

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PHASE ONE – COMPLETE!!!

Phase one??? WTF??? - you mean there is More!!!

Happy New year everyone 2022 - WOOHOO!!!

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I still need help / Advice how to reroute wiring, make it electronically safe, grounding, etc.

Jonathan

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If you make some aluminum flashing walls that fit in the hole facing down, even a line of scrap behind if you get paranoid. If you can hide the wires behind that it will “reroute” without rerouting.

thanks @rbtdanforth but I need like an additional 1/2" of slack so all the electric lines are out of ‘harms way’ I was thinking a plastic track to put all the wires, and double stick tape to the bottom of the GF, but Its tugging too hard on the cables that concerned me .

That is where the aluminum comes in. you could have the aluminum double back even to go under the wires. If the laser hits tape that hits wires and you have a problem If it hits aluminum flashing (way thicker than foil but tenths of a millimeterish) there is no effect and the wires could be much closer to the edge (even nosing in front of it) earlier I thought you were not going that far back due to the wires, HD or Lowes will have aluminum and steel flashing, but the steel is a bit harder to bend.

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AHHH!!! I see your point here, Well done indeed!
let me go see what they have

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