So, now Im waiting for the Glowforge to arrive, and in the meantime Im thinking about the best spot to place it. I was think about the garage, but Im uncertain if there is any temperature restrictions. In the summer the temperature would not be a problem… but it migt maybe be a bit cold in there during the winter.
Can someone with insight give me some advice here please =)
Yeah, I think it’s situational. I don’t have problems until the high 50s. On the top end I only lose a degree or two which can be chalked up to thermometer error or air temp variations across the room.
Others here have reported temp warnings or pauses at temps within the published range and Support said the temp inside the GF was what mattered and it could get too warm from light shining in or too cold from air coming in a vent hose.
I think the “specs” are engineering vs the vagaries that will occur in the real world which is what people bump up against.
No one has mentioned it for the GF, but I had a 40W CO2 laser that used water to cool it (we don’t know what the GF fluid is). I had it in my garage but fearing possible freezing & knowing moving water doesn’t freeze, I would leave the pump running so it kept recirculating the water.
Something happened and it froze (at least enough to shatter the tube) and I ended up with a broken tube and water all over the garage floor as the pump drained to coolant tank.
If stored in an environment that is too warm or too cold, the coolant will eventually warm/cool. For example, you store your GF in an unheated garage that averages 40F in the winter (my winter garage temp), the coolant is going to cold soak and go out of specs. Folks in Hawai’i have the opposite problem – the air temp can easily be in the 80s or 90s and all that heat is going to heat the coolant until it’s out of specs.
Location, location, location. 72 by thermostat is not an accurate description of the temp inside the GF. Sunlight, drafts, etc. can cause temp within a room to fluctuate wildly. Ceiling fan is not going to effect the temp inside the GF, either.
If you feel that your GF is not performing to spec, either email Support or open a P&S post, including the date and time of the temp error. They can look at your logs to determine the the measured temp of the coolant.
It is a weak point that can look good but the slightest bad or weak connection, and you get the symptoms you report. I had that and it looked good but making double sure it fixed the problem and has not happened again. YMMV but it has been the case several more times for others here.