One thing I can control now is my use of my recently acquired 1000mm Xcarve. I’m spoiled in using their Easel software. They have also done a great job of having weekly how to sessions covering everything from carving gear animals to carving out marble maze games.
I can make successful projects without having to jump into Inkscape, Fusion 360, or Gimp just yet. As stated before, Inventables has free shipping on orders >$100 for materials.
For those of you with both lasers and cnc’s, can you provide an insight as to which projects you plan to which tool for? Which one’s are a toss up?
I have had a challenge cutting out tiny letters out of wood with the cnc. Clamping was overcome by using carpet tape, really nasty stuff.
I recently made some carvings where the recessed area was a light wood color and the uncarved was dark / stained. Other than that (the deep part would be dark) it would seem the laser would be a great fit without having to clamp down the material.
Does anyone think the laser 3d depth of our Glowforge will ever be able to 3d carve / engrave a smooth shape like the side of a fish? or a sphere?
cnc negative: clamping down material, finishing sanding to remove tabs, bit of sawdust mess
cnc positive: can handle much larger size, infinite y axis, 3 inch z axis, can cut any material without worrying about it being “safe”, can add drag knife, create large prints with a marker
I’m not sure why an update email takes 5 days to go from draft to publish. I appreciate the complexity of the Glowforge project but like many others here, I think it would be nice to get a bit more communication.
I’d like something like a definitive 100% you will get your Glowforge by Thanksgiving or not. If the decision on day 1 was lets plop down a few thousand and in 2-3 years you’ll get something to work with I would not have started down this journey.