I own a number of tools and CNC based machines currently, including an x-carve, 3D printers, and now a k40.
Before glowforge I had been heavily considering investing in a laser, but was only held back by price/quality concerns. I don’t have a lot of free time on my hands, so buying a machine I’ll spend more time fixing than using is not something I want to deal with (unless it’s just for fun, like the k40). I need to have production machines producing.
I looked at epilog, trotec, fs laser, briefly mr beam, and the overseas off brands. I was really only wanting to spend about $1000 on a laser, maybe $2000 max. As FS laser was the cheapest, I kept thinking about it, but hearing they aren’t too much better than k40s made me keep waffling. That’s too much money for questionable quality.
I was excited about finding the glowforge, as it looked to be solidly designed and engineered, not just the cheapest set of off the shelf components slapped into the cheapest sheet metal case that could be made and rattled apart on the way to my doorstep.
The software was a huge consideration as well. in my searches I had been wondering why no one had ever done anything more with the software on these things, then I saw you guys and knew what I had to choose. The autofocus was a bonus that I hadn’t considered too heavily until I got the k40. That is going to be a huge boon.
I’m still really excited to get my glowforge. There are so many things to be made. I always dislike knowing how much time is passing, but knowing that it’s always getting closer to gf ship time gives me a little consolation.