After reading what everyone does with themselves, it seems that the majority have some previous experience with lasers and associated software - while there are many like me who are new to the technology and are climbing out of the laser 101 hole.
Those of us in my position are fortunate enough have a resource here in the forum of the Glowforge team, and experienced users that we have seen readily step up to help with this blind date rabbit hole we jumped into with both feet. Much appreciated, Thank you!
I encountered some information that was helpful to me, and I thought a thread with helpful links somewhere here would be worthwhile.
If you are like me, current resources were exhausted with the purchase of the Glowforge, and no room left for the professional software at the professional price. Fortunately there are capable free programs out there.
I’ll start it off here with a free plug-in for Inkscape with a tutorial I tripped over while digging around.
Courtesy of J Tech Photonics - Here
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Thank you all for your contributions, I need all the help I can get!