I’ve been wanting my own laser for 4 years. I worked at a maker-space that closed down. But I also have quality standards, I didn’t want to buy a cheap Chinese laser and all the pain that comes with it. I also felt that while I could probably finance a big 3 (Trotec, ULS, or Epilog) machine I couldn’t justify it what was for me an active hobby. Yet another broken promise has forced me to re-think the central premise of my decision. How much enjoyment was wasted to save that money on what will be a 2 year wait (assuming there won’t be yet another delay…)?
So I did some math.
Everyone’s situation is different so obviously my reasoning won’t apply to everyone. I paid for my GF pro with savings. I also had previously had quotes for several big 3 lasers at various bed sizes and powers. What I realize now is that if I had put the GlowForge cash outlay into a down payment on financing for a similarly powered but larger bed machine I’d have paid it off by now and been producing fun stuff for the last 16 months.
That’s a really frustrating realization.
I’m going to take a look at power and size equivalent big 3 and go from there. I’ll have the refund cash plus a bit more, and financing can get me the rest. I’m done waiting on broken promises. Can GlowForge be something awesome? Possibly, but I’m over the constant barrage of careful marketing promotion timed to cover up significant product management failures. I didn’t buy a machine to look at pictures and get excited about it, I bought a machine to use it.