I would have to admit the initial impression of Lily Robotics situation did get me thinking of Glowforge similarities.
Having seen beta_users’ projects, pre-production videos and pictures and non-forum user reviews, does strengthen my confidence.
I find that @dan being involved in the forums and willing to share details (that most primaries in a business won’t reveal) plus his track record with other projects and the specific investors who are involved as board members and/or advisers to Glowforge make a much different environment and business than Lily Robotics.
A big issue I saw with Lily Robotics was that the product was targeting a market for low to mid range price range “fad” consumer/purchasers. The drone market is having to determine what people are willing to pay verses features and quality that can go into the product. Just look at the myriad number of drones that are available to purchase.
There are a lot more people willing to spend several $100s on a “selfie” device (look a phones, “go-pro” type cameras, and such) versus a durable good (like a washer or refrigerator) in house type electronic device (as the Glowforge). There are laser units out there for several $100’s, but the quality units are in the $1000’s and people who are looking to purchase are different type of consumer/purchaser.
Since Glowforge had their initial fundraising, look at the price drop the same class of quality laser products.
One last note. As with any governmental organization, they pile on typically after the problem has been identified and addressed (look at the Samsung Note 7 where the FAA posted weeks after Samsung issued a recall and those in Congress tried to look like they were attempting “protect the public” after the recall).
False advertising penalty of $2500 per order??!!??? People are getting their money back.