I’ve been 'Forging since 2019, which still makes me a newbie among the regulars here. Since 2019, I’ve been using this window insert, made on the Glowforge from some PG acrylic and a plastic dryer vent, to vent my machine. Those louvres used to be white…
I recently bought a new house that has a large room made from a converted attic above the garage, which has become my new home workshop. Two of the room’s walls have access to a bit of space under the roof on either side of the room, which made a perfect place to relocate my inline fan and ducting.
I replaced what was a soffit vent for cooling that attic space with a laser cut insert. The laser fumes now blow out those two circular openings under the eave of the roof.
On the inside, I 3D printed some twist-lock hose flanges to pass the hoses from the laser through the wall.
I did two sets of everything as the new bigger workspace means I can add a bunch of new equipment I’d been wanting but didn’t have space for in the other house. A second laser arrives next week, and I already have two new large format printers, a 3D printer, and a large swing-away heat press.
Still on the todo list is getting an electrician to run another circuit or two up here. I have too much for the 15 amp circuit the whole room is on, so am running the heat press on a long (10/3 gauge) extension cord from an outlet in the garage downstairs for now.
I also got to turn on a new solar panel system this week, so running all this junk isn’t running up the power bill.
All made possible by the Glowforge itself. The new house, the solar panels, the workshop full of cool equipment… none of that would’ve happened without the money from the little Etsy shop I started after buying that Glowforge in 2019.