The reason it keeps coming up is because when people have good news to tell you, they can’t wait to shout it from the roof tops. When the news is not so good, they wait until the train is just about to steam on over the edge of the cliff before they loop you in. That’s why it keeps coming up.
I participated in the Shapeoko 3 crowdfunding project. With the Shapeoko 3, Edward Ford’s approach to keeping the natives from getting too restless was to keep them pretty well informed about what was working and what wasn’t. Having the crowdfunders empathize with the team and the issues throughout the process I found to be very effective. Completely different from the approach of Dan et al at Glowforge have taken. Here, they basically say we are not going to tell you anything about the ongoing trials and tribulations and if you don’t like it, we’ll give you your money back.
Having been part of both crowdfunding campaigns and as a consequence both approaches to treating the customers, I prefer the Shapeoko 3 hands down. Either way, I’m in until the end whatever that might ultimately look like.
In my opinion, anyone that wants to figure out the status of the hardware and software need only watch what Josh is doing and combine that with the videos from the Maker Faire events, etc. By example, with Josh, you have not seen any sign of two sided cutting. Conclusion, not working at this point. The first Maker Faire video I saw had people drawing on acrylic and the resultant cutting and etching. Conclusion, scanning and cutting etching working along with some aspect of cloud functinality. Latest Marker Faire I saw video of the demo of creating a design and subsequent cutting and etching. Conclusion, SVG (I’m guessing) design and printing functionality working. Neither Josh nor Maker Faire saw CAD software (e.g. Fusion 360) design to DXF cutting. Conclusion, not working at this point.
I believe at the point people aught to be thinking less about getting that next shot of Kool Aid and more along the lines of “I’m from Missouri, you’ve got to show me”. As a glass half empty kinda guy, if I don’t see it, I have to assume it ain’t work’n.