Hey everyone. Not what I had hoped my first post would consist of, but I really need some guidance. Hoping someone out there can help.
Have had a Glowforge in my apartment for weeks now, but have been unable to use it. My first test cut set off fire alarms for my entire building. I initially tried to vent out of my window. Unfortunately, the layout of my apartment causes the smoke to blow directly into my neighbors home. That is what set off the fire alarm.
Tried several DIY methods to contain / limit the smoke. None were successful, so I wrote to Glowforge about getting my hands on a filter.
They suggested that I purchase an Alpha 400 from Purex for $2400 plus shipping… which I did.
I only got 8 seconds into my first cut when the alarm on the air filter started blaring and it began to flash red. Tried a second cut, and the same issue occured. I’ve hooked everything up correctly. At least as far as I can tell. The filter is brand new. When the laser is running, the exhaust still smells like smoke and particulates. If I manually stop the laser, but let the filter continue to remove the remnant exhaust, the alarm stops. It only sounds while the laser is operational.
I have no idea what to do. I’ve spent something like $7500 purchasing all this equipment. Just want it to work. Does anyone have any insight into why the Purex might be sounding its alarm? Does anyone live in Seattle who would be willing to help?