I Like To Make Stuff | Glowforge (Prerelease) Laser Engraver Overview

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#1

@iliketomakestuff


I Like To Make Stuff review of pre-release GF
#2

A happy review from a happy user :+1:


#3

I love that he engraves something on the board with the laser… then cuts it out with a bandsaw.


#4

Something like a review. 99.9% it’s all good. I’m sure there were shortcomings or things he didn’t like but he didn’t mention anything negative. So it’s a review in the same sense of one I might publish. Wouldn’t have a problem talking about major problems but see no benefit to go on about things that just fall into the irritation category. Especially issues they can be fixed through S/W updates. Though probably should have made it more clear about functions that are not yet ready for prime time. Like the focusing across curved surfaces or the stitching pro-pass through capabilities.


#5

really enjoyed it @iliketomakestuff. thanks for taking the time to make this and share it. Looking forward to seeing what the pro will do when it finally gets here. (sooooo looking forward… :smile: )


#6

Also what he said about engraving metals was incorrect. He said it would engrave most metals except steel. I think the only metal it can actually engrave is stainless steel. All other metals it can only mark with Cermark or similar.


#7

You’re right, but I’ve foud most people tend to confuse marking with engraving when it comes to metal.


#8

Since he “knew” it was going to take a couple of years of development when he first ordered I wish he’d told Glowforge that. Otherwise great job as always.


#9

@iliketomakestuff … That was a fantastic overview and review! (Best one I’ve seen at explaining what’s going on.) :squeeee: :squeeee: :squeeee:


#10

Pretty sure titanium too…


#11

It only marks titanium I think, but without needing Cermark, but I don’t count that as engraving. It actually melts stainless steel.


#12

Great review! Thanks for sharing.
And I’m pretty sure he said it would engrave aluminum and brass. May be mistaken.


#13

I believe heat from laser + titanium + oxygen produces various oxidation layers of color change. I’ve seen blues, yellows/golds, and pinks/purples in the mix. I suspect due to amount of heat and availability of oxygen.

I do wonder which other metals oxidize with heat. And I must confess to having little to no understanding of the processes that would be required to heat color metals.


#14

Makes me wonder how introducing oxygen to the intake might affect the patina. I love the colors titanium produces.
An oxygen enriched atmosphere would present an enhanced environment for combustion, but that wouldn’t be an issue with most metal.
Having seen a class D fire, I would never even think about trying to do anything with magnesium.


#15

Even though there wasn’t much lasing (not sure if that’s a word, but I like it) happening, this was by far the most/best explanation of the Glowforge I’ve seen yet. Great video Bob.


#16

Great review, I loved seeing some hand lettering being engraved on a glowforge!


#17

Nice review but that hand calligraphy turned out wonderful!


#18

Excellent. Best review I have seen so far. So much energy and detail. A little unclear about the use of color or black and gray when it comes to cutting and scoring.


#19

Yes he seemed to imply the colour of vectors sets the cut depth but I thought it just decides which group it goes in and you can assign whatever operation you want. Does a certain colour default to scoring instead of cutting?


#20

Sat down for lunch in front of the TV and fired up YouTube. This was the first recommended video for me. @iliketomakestuff did a great job explaining what the Glowforge can do. I have to agree with @rpegg that it would feel more balanced if it wasn’t 99% positive but it’s a great review of what there is to love about it.