I think we were all a bit shocked/upset to find out that the passthrough slot only handles 1/4", which renders it pretty much useless as material large enough to require passthrough is likely going to be thicker than 1/4", especially in my case. Super sad about it.
The first thing some people are going to do when they get their GF is mod the case to allow thicker material through. Rest assured, someone will try this and report back. If this is important to you (understandable!) - I would hold off on canceling - if you can wait to hear what people try. If you are really early in line, this may not be plausible.
I’m fully expecting to have to void my warranty at some point, either to address the design limitations in the passthrough slot, to add some z-depth to the bed, or to find a way around the cloud dependancy. I would just like to put that off for as long as possible, as the warranty on a new product like this is likely to be needed at some point. If only the passthrough were not so unusable, the case were modular to allow for adding height (1.5" is pretty restricting), and we were not 100% chained to the cloud which comes with a massive amount of restrictions. But at some point I’m going to have to void the safety net, as I expect a lot of others will.
I suspect the 1/4" pass through size was chosen to mate to the base of the bay with the honeycomb installed. Without the honeycomb you get 1.5" in the bay, but the bottom likely drops below the pass through slot.
Guessing here. Focus range of the optics is 1/2", probably the reason why the honeycomb currently allows a maximum material thickness of 1/2". When you take out the honeycomb you still need to ensure that the top of thicker material is within that 1/2" focus. If you lower the honeycomb another 1/4" then you are messing with the laser focus for materials thinner than 1/4". If you just raise the slot to accommodate the full 1/2" material then maybe you run the risk of mechanically striking something important inside as you slide it through. I would think they have thought this through over the past year. Probably anything we suggest beyond S/W is Glowforge 2.0.
I wonder if it a safety precaution to avoid having any laser energy reflect through open portions of the slot? If so, it seems it should be not too difficult to design a slot cover that adapts to the size of material being passed through.
Fingers crossed the allow for a last minute design change and increase the passthrough depth to at very least 1/2". Otherwise i will be frothing at the bit for my warranty to expire so I can mod mine (upgrade to pro still pending, but i will most likely commit in the next day)
I have seen it mentioned that it may be possible to bypass the front door safety mechanism and run the GF with the door open without voiding the warranty. This may be a suitable workaround in many cases…
If we’re able to cut 1/2" by flipping the material, it does not make sense to limit the passthrough slot to half that. I bought the Pro for the because it has the passthrough facility but this defeats the object to a large extent.
Yea but then I have to wait a year for the warranty to expire and then try to modify it myself, not something I want to do for a 4k machine. I just wanted to make sure its the final size since thats whats stopping me from upgrading from the basic
I recall reading a post on a similar thread that stated the limit on the pass through is a function of hardware mounted to the rear of the case. No idea if that is true or not, but if it is after-market mods will be considerably more difficult. There is an unrelated post somewhere from Dan where he said the Pro model made it to the feature list late in development, as opposed to being planned from the start. Having worked on plenty of new development projects I understand how it happened even if as a soon to be Pro owner I’m disappointed as well.
I don’t mind if increased pass through depth requires a mod, I can live with that, I would just like to know if that will be possible. I’d be more than happy to build myself a custom table to support long materials and then you just need a selection of shims to raise the height for focus. A minor issue.
If the pass through is limited to 1/4" though, then I fail to see any reason to buy a pro, might as well just get a basic and save a butt load of cash. Maybe I will have to downgrade?