Proofgrade materials

Dead, nice save. Thanks!

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Ohhhhhh I see it now.

Their real motive behind Glowforge is to put lasers into the public’s hands and turn all of us into lasered cracker/cookie makers, and fulfill their goal of world domination and forcing those pesky Girl Scouts out of the market.

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Egg-zactly right!

We knew there was a sinister plot all along…

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For those new to lasing, like me, this manual for the Epilog Mini CO2 laser has some interesting sections on cutting/engraving techniques and an appendix with suggested cutting and engraving parameters for several laser power ratings:

I expect that the other mainstream laser brands have something similar. Rowmark also seems to have extensive tables of laser settings for their products

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I can’t even remember what I’m not supposed to reveal.

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Squirrels.

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If it is any consolation, I can’t for the life of me figure out what Mark is talking about. Not that I doubt it’s true, just that whatever it is, it can’t be that important.

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(Snicker) stomp that fire out! :wink:

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You are correct on all counts. Just a very little thing Rita ask some of us to not reveal for the moment so as not to start a riot. (In a good way) We are so excited these days that it seems we riot over the littlest things.

oh, and I can neither confirm nor deny that @Jules gave it away. :wink:

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Elves … elves I tell you …look at the evidence…

How many times has @dan told us these things are magical? Huh? Huh? Huh?

Even the interface “automagically” cuts and engraves…

and @rpegg actually squee’d the other day…

What more evidence do we need?

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I’m pretty sure the logo is some sort of abstract tree, too.

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Or a leaf…i think you’re on to something… :sunglasses:

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Ok. I’ll be submitting a for a refund.
I don’t believe you ever made it clear in the initial product offering that you would only be supporting proof grade materials.
I don’t buy 3D printers who attempt to lock in a revenue source using their own materials. I won’t support you.

That said; I wish you luck in getting this product into market - because hopefully you’ll force the bigger players to lower their prices.

Exactly. I expect the same from glowforge… and given they aren’t providing a similar table indicates to me that they have no desire to be professional - instead opting to leave it to the user to track down and equivalent table — plagiarize it and use it for experimentation. I expected glowforge to do that to support their own product. The fact they aren’t speaks volumes to me.

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Speaks volumes to me as well but I think we are reading different books. Good luck to you. (seriously)

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In my perception Glowforge is not limiting choices, on the contrary - they offer an additional option, a range of materials that are designed to produce consistent results. Something others don’t. So you are actually getting more, not less. I don’t think you will find a laser that is easier to use, much less for this price.
You are not locked into anything, so your reasoning eludes me.
Well, we all see things differently. :thinking:

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That is exactly how I am seeing it. And they are handing us good starting numbers for any material that is close to one of the proofgrade items.

Once they slow down fidling with their settings we’ll need to start sharing “this is what worked for me with this” numbers.

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"Speaks volumes - different books"
Eloquent :+1::sunglasses:

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At first I thought maybe the secret is that it indeed has a red power cord. But then you said it can’t be all that important, so clearly that’s not it…

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I have no feelings that Glowforge is deliberately trying to sabotage, obfuscate, or block non-Proofgrade material. Their energy is on the ease of use of non-Proofgrade but I can stick safe and correctly sized material in and go to work.

It takes all of five minutes to test material for an initial prototype.

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I fully expected to have to test non-proofgrade materials – and this only heartens me in how easy it has been for you to do this.

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