I use my glowforge on a regular basis and so far feel indifferent about it. I have two major qualms with my glowforge thus far.
- Inconsistent operations from one job to another.
One day I will be cutting a piece of 1/4" Poplar to make some cool coasters without a problem. The next day I will cut the same exact operation, (Same file, same settings, same Focus Height) and get completely 100% different results. I thought this was an issue with the dirtiness with the lens’ so I cleaned them and ran some tests and of course it cuts fairly well at first but the quality regresses over time really fast. Do I really have to clean the lens’ after every single operation? Even as something as simple as a 5 min engrave and cut on wood?
- I did check the lens they are all thoroughly cleaned; nothing wrong with my illustrator files, yes the lens inside the head is installed correctly. Yes, I use strong magnets to make sure the material is flat and use metal bars to keep the material from flying about with the fans inside the laser.
- Did I get the pro version or the basic version?
I’ve been seeing some videos recently and noticed that their laser moves and operates a lot faster than mine I paid and ordered the Pro. How can I know that I did in fact get the pro and not the basic, because based on recent inconsistencies I’m a little sad and disappointed with what I’ve received thus far. With the amount of maintenance needed on what it seems every other operation to comparing mine to others’ and not really being fulfilled I’m beginning to think I have either wasted 3 years waiting to be disappointed or gotten a faulty laser with no way of knowing.
Thanks for your help. Anything would help.