Pre Release Reviews?


#1

It was my understanding that those getting a pre release unit were not held to back by an NDA. Has anyone done a review of a pre release unit yet?


#2

#3

Yes there is ongoing information from @marmak3261. You can find his posts on the Weekly Highlights threads.


#4

Tested also did a review on a pre-release unit.

http://community.glowforge.com/t/tested-gets-a-glowforge-second-pre-release-unit-in-the-wild/3630/1


#5

I haven’t done a narrative of the whole experience and machine yet. Just the the various aspects and the materials. I’ll put that in the queue.


#6

I wonder why no other pre-release units have surfaced since those first two. I thought they were to be the first of many.


#7

Fifty of them are going to an in-house testing lab. (Can’t remember where Dan said that, but it was recent.)

We won’t get reports on those.


#8

Most are going to test facilities but I’d like to see more real people get them as well.


#9

In your opinion, do you think if we had access to the glowforge app --> would that help us get ready for the actual arrival of our machines or is access useless until we can hit the PRINT key ourselves?

Thanks, Brian


#10

It was in the q&a


#11

Ahhh! Thanks! :relaxed:


#12

50 to one lab seems excessive. I can’t imagine why they would need so many.


#13

Eh! Who knows?

Testing the stability of the hinges by flexing them 1000 times per day?

Running them robotically for 8 hours at a time?

Lots of things can be mechanically tested in labs more efficiently than sending them to people, who have to sleep. :relaxed:


#14

Most standard testing is called “type testing”, where normally a sample size of 1 is used.
It is true that multiple standards need multiple facilities, but it does seem to be a bit excessive of a number.


#15

For 10,000+ units? Doesn’t actually seem high enough to me. But it’s better than 2 or 3, so i ain’t complaining. :relaxed:


#16

Who needs sleep if you have aGlowforge???:sunglasses:


#17

We’re in training now. :sleepy: (We need a good zombie icon.)


#18

Testing is expensive, and you do ship tens of thousands of units with the results of 1 test. Depending on your industry, you need to re-test a production unit every X years (~3 in my industry for various reasons), and sometimes once a year. But its never in those quantities, given the time and cost involved.


#19

And yet in order to do things quickly, they might be testing a couple of units for lasing, a few for hinges, a few for something else, running a few for hours on end.

We just don’t know. But I am happy that they are testing them so thoroughly. It would be rather catastrophic to get the units and have all the hinges break off after a year, turning them into Class 4 lasers.

We’d all have to buy goggles. :astonished:


#20

There may also be other customers who have pre-release units who simply haven’t said so because they don’t want to be inundated with questions and requests. Or they might not be active on the forum at all.

(No. I don’t have a pre-release unit. I’d tell you if I did. :smile:)