This is not what I wanted my first post to be about.
I took off work today to unbox and setup the Glowforge with the family. We got it setup by around 8pm today. My 4 year old named it StreetSweeper and kicked off the first print of the Founder’s Ruler on Medium Maple plywood and was giddy and in awe watching it work. When we took it out I noticed that the cut didn’t seem to go all the way through.
We put him to bed and I took to the forum to try and see if anyone else had the same issue. I found the following thread: Glowforge not cutting through PG Material and based on some of the suggestions in there took a look at both the thickness of my proofgrade piece and setting for the cut of the ruler. I found the same thing that @Jules found, that the maple piece I was cutting was measuring around 0.121". I put the same piece of maple back in and ran the founders ruler again (2nd print) changing the focus height to .121". (When I converted from the proofgrade settings to manual settings on the cut something didn’t convert properly and it only did power level 1. I set the other 2 engraves to ignore, and reset the cut back to proofgrade and then back to manual and that carried through Power 100 and a Speed of 188(I think) and I re-changed the focus height to .121" and ran that cut by itself that time. Print 2.5 I guess?)
This was better but still not quite all the way through. Comparing settings again from that same post I saw that my Speed was 188 and the speed from the post was 155, so I figured slow it down a bit and I’d have it dialed in and could move on to the next project to print knowing I had the maple settings down. At the beginning of the 5th long triangle accent I jumped back as the laser tube shattered while I was watching the print. The machine kept on going like it was still working. By the time the initial shock wore off it had ‘completed’ and docked in the upper left spot but I turned it off and pulled the plug anyway.