Does anyone else think the fancy magnetically attached, auto focusing laser head sounds a LOT like the fiasco that was Makerbots “smart extruder”? The more complex a machine the more likely it is to break down.
It seems to me that glowforge will go down as a case study as to why the United States is no longer a place where you want to have products manufactured. With the product being constantly delayed due to feature creep and, in the end, being so over engineered that its prone to failure (as Dan said himself is the case since the line of broken ones in the office is longer then the line of working ones).
In 2014 Makerbot dominated the 3d printing market. By 2016 a Taiwanese company no one had ever heard of called XYZPrinting dominated the market with their smaller machines that did 80% of what the Makerbot did but cost 1/5th the price.
As a customer, I DON’T CARE that your product is fancy! I want it to work, I want it in my hands, and I want it as cheap as possible.
The one selling point the glowforge has over other laser cutters is the camera that lets you draw on the material so you don’t need to know CAD software to make stuff. MARK MY WORDS, 6 months after the glowforge finally comes out there will be asian knock offs that wont be as pretty, they wont do EVERYTHING the glowforge does, but they will do 80% of what the glowforge does, they will cost 1/2 the price or less, you wont have to wait 2 years to get them, and they will DOMINATE the market.