I’d like to leave the front door (normally lowered only to remove the tray) so I can cut a piece larger than the bed on Basic (no pass-through), but I get a “Lid Open” message. Any idea how one tricks the GF into thinking that door is closed?
Quick experiments with magnets haven’t worked, and I can’t see wires coming off them…
Even then, you would not get the pass-turn functions of a Pro. Thou yes you’ll be able to ‘pass-thru’ a longer piece of material- You won’t get the software ‘magic’ to continue engraves/cuts from a large vector.
There is a a bit of a challenge here. In the FAQ the “Beyond the Manual” category seems to allow for discussion of modifying your Glowforge unit. In the TOS for the Glowforge though there is some interesting language about modification that seems to discourage if not disallow it.
It can be done. You are in the right ballpark, but haven’t quite gotten there with defeating the safety feature, which is there for good reason.
This reminds me of the old usenet days, when there was a newsgroup about hacking. It was moderated, which meant that all posts had to be approved before going out, but there was no moderator to send them to for approval. So you could only get your posts to appear if you had a certain minimal level of knowledge and skills.
Maybe I’m not being clear about what I’m trying to do. I am trying to engrave an image on a piece of wood. The size of the image I’m trying to engrave is 11.5". OK. The piece of wood is 14"x18". Also OK.
BUT, if I were to simply put the 14"x18" piece in there, I can’t CENTER the image on the wood, because that would require the margin of the 14"x18" piece to stick out the front.
So, I’m not worried about working blind. I can place the piece and leave it for the duration of the cut.
But maybe this is a test: if I can’t figure out how to trick it, I’m not advanced enough to deal with the consequences. Time to level up with magnets!
Yeah. Coming from a K40 that had no interlocks I’m sometimes frustrated by the magnetic pair for the door but then I’m a guy with no blade guard on the table saw
The K40 taught me to wear laser safety glasses though (all of the sketchy shortcuts they took gave me a healthy respect for the potential for injury…as did lasering my thumb once when I was aligning the mirrors ).
I’m also a big fan of neodymium magnets too.
You learn a lot with Chinese lasers that turned out to be useful with the GF.
I was surprised Support sent him here with the question though. Probably because of Dan’s comment about how to do this last year ️