My current Glowforge is much noisier than the past 3 when moving in certain directions.
Is there anything I can adjust to reduce the movement noise?
I’m worried the motors are taking on more wear-and-tear than necessary.
You can most clearly hear what I mean in the last few seconds of this video:
That sounds like resonance to me. The vibration from the motors is making something else vibrate to create the noise you are hearing. I would look for anything that might not be seated properly.
Since it doesn’t happen all the time, only at certain speeds, it is probably not a motor issue. I wouldn’t worry about premature wear on the motors based on that video, but I would look for anything that isn’t tied down that should be.
Seconded. Is there anything sitting atop or beside that may be vibrating sympathetically? It sounds metallic to me.
Sounds like only when y-is engaged. Disappears entirely when it’s just x-movement. I’d start there.
My machine is noisy across one axis, and virtually silent in the other. It’s been that way since I got it years ago - to the point where I don’t even think about it, and hence can’t say which one is noisy and which one isn’t.
I even tried to program the imperial death march by having different angled movement to create the tones. I got bored and gave up.
Sounds like mine. Hmm I need to make something new today.
My Basic is all but silent when moving along the x-axis, but the y-axis makes some noise. It’s been that way for four years and I’ve never been concerned.
I removed everything from on top of the Glowforge and the table it’s on to rule out any of that vibrating. All 3 belts were over-tensioned and the pulleys over-tightened. I loosened them all just a tiny bit. But something is still noisier than it should be. Haven’t figured out what’s vibrating yet.