I had some feed back on glowforge Premium:
1.) $15 a month seems high. $5/month seems more reasonable
2.) Has anyone noticed any speedup of jobs since premium started? or are we to expect the free jobs to start running way slower?
3.) While I LOVE that we can add fonts in the interface, we can not have those fonts follow a path, or even rotate letters, both features I would expect if you are paying $180/year for the software use.
I am wishy-washy on whether I want to spend the $15/month … I like the font selection better at dafont.com, much more choices, and the fonts are organized unlike glowforge interface.
But, it is quicker to not use inkscape to create fonts layed out the way I like.
I’m curious as to what others think?
As long as I am giving feedback, I was wondering, have they created a way for you to see how many hours of lasering you’ve done on your glowforge?
I saw it mentioned years ago as a desired feature, but have not seen it yet.
I really don’t want to be negative here. I LOVE my glowforge and want to say thanks to all the people who created and support glowforge
That’s lovely - especially crossing over the seam it looks seamless!
It’s processing time - not lasering time - so the time between when you hit Print and the white light comes on. I don’t tend to do crazy complicated jobs so I don’t notice the difference, but those doing 8 hour engraves where the processing took 20+ minutes likely will.
I feel like the premium is really targeted at people who don’t do graphic art, but want to run a business with their - which, to be fair, is a large portion of purchasers. The commercial licensing on the images alone is gonna be worth $160/year to many. I’ve got the premium now, but it’s mostly cuz I’m at home all the time now and it seemed like a cool thing to try out. If $160/year was big money to me I’d drop it like a lead balloon.
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I understand it was processing time, but that is the speedup I have not seen. But I’ve never had an eight hour job either. (When I did some large jobs, the glowforge would not process it)
But I have done some very repetitive tasks (creating 50, or 100’s of the same thing) It would seem for jobs of that nature, a “REPEAT last job” would save processing time. Am I alone in doing this type of thing? As I type this I have 30 more of these to get done for a fund raiser.
(I can only fit 3 at a time on the glowforge)
This has been requested many, many times. It would save GF money as their servers would not need to recalculate the job. Still, it never gets done. If they did, I’d put money on them making it part of the premium package, despite the fact it’s financially beneficial to them by itself.
Memory should not be any more than what it takes to run the job once.
If I were to implement the UI, I would have a repeat check box, before you click print. You click print and then the Glowforge servers calculate the code to move the laser. Then the light lights up, press it, it starts job # 1.
Difference is, when it is done, the light lights up again.
Replace materials, press button again job#2. Repeat as needed. No need to recalculate.
It would necessitate using jigs to have the pieces in there exactly the same each run. But totally worth the time savings.
Having no idea how their API is written, I am not sure what would be involved. I do have spare cycles while I am retired and happily lasering these days. Give me a holler’ :^) I can come in from the woodshop and code some.
The response given way back when is they have no way of knowing if you’ve bumped the head, or put in cardboard instead of wood, or anything else that could cause catastrophic issues. There is a business side that says “but I’m responsible” but have you seen how many people have burned their s down because “they just…”
It would be a legal nightmare if someone using and PG settings still managed to burn their machine to the ground because their repeat was not set for whatever it was they did.