Since I obviously have some time to kill right now, I thought I’d share a little about my personal hopes for the GF:
As I mentioned above, I live with a genetic condition called SMA. Fortunately, I have a “relatively” mild form and still maintain a large degree of independence (though it does get harder each passing year). I can’t walk or stand or raise my hands over my head, but I can still get around (even drive) and do things with my hands at table height. I also have this insatiable desire to make things – even to the point that I often succumb to the urge to buy big power tools that I can’t even use myself (but I like having them available for when I coax a friend into helping). In the past decade or so, the advent of computer-aided manufacturing (and associated computer-aided design software) has opened up new possibilities for what I can do ‘in house’. I have two CNC routers, a 3D printer, and a whole bunch of electronics equipment (my background is electronics design). Although I still need occasional help (like securing a piece of wood to the CNC table), I can do a lot of the design work on the PC and ‘press a button’ to watch it become reality.
Which brings me to the Glowforge. The thought of an affordable laser cutter/engraver (sorry, @dan, but I refuse to call it a 3D printer ) struck right to my core – which is probably why I jumped in on the crowdfunding opportunity early on the first day (and stuck with it through all or the delays). Finally, a machine that I can load myself and get a quick result on a variety of materials. In fact, I believe the hardest part for me is actually going to be opening the lid of the 'forge (and I have a plan for that as well)!
So, to @dan and all of those at Glowforge who made this machine a reality, it is with hopeful anticipation of a smooth setup that I say Thank You!