How long do "jobs" stay in the Glowforge?

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#1

I feel like I have a decent understanding of how I can send my job from my laptop to the Cloud and the Cloud sends the job to my Glowforge. My question is, once my Glowforge receives the job, how dependent is the completion of the job on wifi? I have wonky wifi and cannot predict the stable days. For example, let’s say I am making 24 identical acrylic luggage tags from a file that contains one single luggage tag. I send the single luggage tag file to my Glowforge and I have already printed out 10 luggage tags and then lose my wifi connection. Since the single luggage tag is already in the Glowforgem, can I continue to print the remaining 14 tags without wifi?

This is not the same as if my file contained 24 luggage tags and only 10 had been cut prior to losing the wifi connections. I recognize how that may be an issue.

Thank you!


#2

So this is an interesting questions and I want to see if @dan can chime in but I’ll take a shot at it because of my understanding from reading the forums.

From my understanding the GF will have a cache that will hold recent jobs, this means that the design doesn’t have to be re-downloaded from the cloud BUT the GF is controlled from the web essentially. This means to run anything you would have to be able to communicate with the GF regardless if the design is in the cache or new. I also don’t think it works like a standard printer and that it can just spit out copies. It has to scan whats in the bed, you have to align the design then it will cut. If it were to do that you would have to put the material in the exact same place every time. That being said you could have 10 individual pieces of material and cut 10 luggage tags in one job.

With the second part

if the wifi was lost the job would finish if it was in the cache, if it wasn’t then it would pause and then resume when the connection was re-established.

I also have a suggestion for your wifi issue. – You could set up your own little network just for your Glowforge. Something like an Apple airport express which can take and ethernet connection and create a wifi network, this would be perfect (and its cheap, you could pick one up on eBay for little to nothing). Then your Glowforge sits separate from everything else. I don’t think you would have to even be on the same network because it runs through the cloud (like the demo video they just released click here)


#3

Thank you Mark! We are getting new Macs and iPads soon and I will talk to the Apple store guys about these options. We will also do more work to get a reliable wifi connection. This is so new for us and we never thought about going in this direction before last week. We have been creating our own products and renting a standard laser cutter by the hour and we just learned to live with all those limitations.


#4

What do you guys make? I can’t wait to get my GF


#5

Mark’s right - once you start printing you can usually finish even if the wifi goes, but you can’t start a new print.