OK, so Dan seems to think I hide my projects inside the Topics of others and has asked me to be more up front. Maybe so. What I usually do with the Glowforge is make thingamabobs and widgets. Or I just cut things to see how the machine works. Not all that exciting to others or announcement worthy. But here goes…
Here is a pic showing the difference between the 1/8” Maple Proofgrade and a similar cut I made in .43” solid Oak. Didn’t have any problem cutting through the Oak in one pass. Notice the difference in quality of the engrave on Proofgrade Maple vs. my garage found Oak. Wood type and quality selection is so important. The Proofgrade I have used so far has been perfect.
Should also note that since receiving the Glowforge a couple weeks ago I have yet to experience a need to reset the unit or contact Glowforge support. No real hiccups. A few S/W quirks for sure, but nothing that is causing significant grief. Always room for improvement, says my engineer side. But purty darn good says my back woods side.
I do have some exciting projects in mind but those might take a week or more for me to design. Not willing to stop cutting that long. Although I am running out of Proofgrade.
The snowflake on Proofgrade was an inlay type test. Cut out a snowflake negative and then cut another snowflake with kerf adjusted to insert.
Edit: Just learned that there is the possibility that this pre-release unit may have a higher power tube intended only for the Glowforge Pro. There is no way for me to know.