Number of power levels?

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#1

Hi Glowforge! Just wondering how many power levels there will be for the laser and if this will be different between the 40W and 45W models.

If I understand correctly, this directly affects the detail we can get with “3D engraving” in a single pass. I know higher end laser engravers (like Kern uses) have 256 power levels to match standard 8-bit greyscale bitmaps and the resulting engravings look amazing. Curious how the Glowforge compares.

I know that multiple passes can be done for a similar effect but this would take longer and be of lower quality, would it not? Sorry for the long-winded question, really can’t wait to get my Pro model!


#2

I think I heard in of of the tested videos 256 but I may be wrong. @dan do you have an answer on this yet? I know greyscale is being worked on.


#3

I hear it goes over 9000.


#4

Everyone’s a comedian. =P


#5

I believe the software, firmware, and hardware will support 256 (well, 255…).


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#6

Thanks for the reply Dan!


#7

The pro model goes to eleven.