We have a couple different type of machines. CNC’s, 3D Printers, Vinyl cutter, wide format printers etc…
My wife only touches the Vinyl cutter and the wide format printer. The CNC and 3D Printers are kinda complex. Mostly in the CAD to CAM (Or slicer) part of it. i.e. ‘Okay, I have a inlay- I need to use this endmill and this DOC and the feedrate needs to be this. Oh wait, it’s a duplexed op. So I need to set a origin. And mock up a hold down. Export the gcode to the machine. Load the piece, make sure it’s square. Load the touch probe and touch off the part. Switch to the endmill you need. Set G54. Then jog the machine around the perimeter of the op to make sure you don’t destroy any of the clamps/soft jaws. Then hit cycle start.’ Yeah. No. When I told her and demo this. I got the, ‘Uh huh. Okay-’ look.
3D printers are not as complex, but they have their nuances. (I’ve added things like mini differential IR probe, sensors for the filament (extrusion width sensor and filament detection). But no one likes to see a big pile of filament roman noodles sitting on the bed. No matter how many times I’ve shown her it works fine. That first failure dicates how you feel about it. No matter how many times someone proves ‘it’s fine’
As for the Glowforge. Its pretty much WYSIWYG. Load file (Vector and/or Raster) Load material. Pick a cut/score/engrave/raster. And click ‘Print’. And she was able to do this without any instructions from me. And when she did the happy dance after her first op. I was sold.
As for the things I was unsure about- Works as advertised. As for the registering something that was made on something else and having the glowforge do something too. I am working on a part to machine out to test this and having some valid data to report back with. You can’t just say ‘It don’t work’ without having substantial data to back it up. And something valid to assist on helping it work.