For about 5K, you can get 2 Basics or a Pro.
My Goal: To run the machine about 8 consecutive hours per day to produce the most amount of high-quality designs.
Context: The Glowforge/s would be in a room that is kept at 60degrees F. Very Cold, so I don’t think the Basic overheating would be an issue. The machine/s will be vented out nearby window.
This post weighs the Glowforge Pro against 2 Basics and says its better to get 2 basics.
This video is from a guy who owns a Plus and a Basic and he compares them.
He mentioned that the speed of the 45w (Pro/Pus) compared to the 40w (Basic) is barely noticeable and only comes into play when cutting, not engraving. He says that both the Plus/Pro and Basic engrave at the same speed.
This post seems to confirm that the Pro/Plus is not actually 20% faster “yet”.
My current thoughts -
I initially was sure I wanted a Pro model because of the passthrough ability, but then in reading learned that the Passthrough slot was not automated and requires a slow manual process of checking and sometimes is misaligned. There is no public roadmap of passthrough development. I love Glowforge as a company and am just trying to think through this rationally.
The only compelling factor to get a Pro/Plus over the basic that I can tell is the extended Warranty of the Pro/Plus. Is the extra 6 months worth the extra money?
I am thinking that for my purposes and context it would be better to go with 2 Basics.
If you think a Pro would be better, please offer some good reasons why.
Please post anything I may have overlooked in weighing this decision.
Thanks so much!