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Production has started, and we have a heck of an update for you about your Glowforge.
Note: our customers always ask about providing more detail, so this has a lot of detail. All the crucial information is in this summary if you don’t have time t…
The 3D Engrave (Basic Unit) - Video Showing the Process
A Glowforge basic with the latest engraving code and proofgrade settings, which have not yet been pushed out.
Some other details:
Both were scrubbed for 5 min with soap and water to clean them
Both were done at 340 lines per inch (yes, you can go higher resolution!)
Both took ~ 2 hours if memory serves
Both were two passes
Video of the process:
Ran across these black anodized (enameled?) web belt buckles for $2 each and wondered #WillItGlowforge?
Yes it will.
@jamesdhatch — are you sure six will be enough?
1/335/340 (wood), 10/335/340 (anodized aluminium)
We have a fountain on our deck that I love. Inside, is a ‘splash screen’…to diffuse water coming out of the crow’s beaks. It also hides the pump and hoses a little bit, too. The screen had rusted a lot…and one of the legs rusted right off.
Around the same time as Jim Hatch was teaching me about creating files for the Glowforge…nearly a year ago, this was going to be my next challenge…to replace the screen with an acrylic one. Today was the day. It was my first time designing s…
This afternoon a friend stopped by to visit. I told him I had gotten my laser and I showed him a couple of acrylic things I had made. He said “maybe you can make one of these for me”?..and pulls out of his pocket a small rectangle of acrylic that had been broken in half and glued many times over. It was from something belonging to the directer of the senior center and he had been trying to keep it repaired. He said “I just can’t get the glue to keep it together, anymore”. (I don’t remember what …
My daughter asked if I could make her a cut out of her name to put in her room.
So, I took the idea and ran with it.
I created a vector outline of her name using Illustrator, and connected things manually with the pen tool where I needed to in order to make a 1-piece cut out.
Once I had a working finished outline I figured I could push this simple idea to the max and try all 3 laser operations in one large project. Engrave, Score, & Cut.
I generated a halftone pattern to eng…
Hello again everyone,
I have another hanging planter concept project to share.
I’m kind of on a roll with these things now I suppose, and even have some others that I’m still working on as I continue to try out and test new ideas as they come to me. It’s all new territory for me, designing 3D objects with Illustrator in 2D vector plans, but I’m having pretty good luck so far!
Anyhow, I’m really happy with how these turned out. As usual, there’s loads of pic…
After waiting so long, it has finally arrived.
My delivery window was from 3:45 to 5:45 ( I decided to pay the extra $8 for a 2 hour window). My wife and I left work early to be here to sign for it.
First hour passed quickly. I had to shoo the cat from the Glowforge’s new home.
My wife finally manged to get our daughter down for a nap, and then she woke up 5 minutes later. I went in and tried to get her to sleep again. That’s when the Glowforge arrived. (~5:00pm)
My wife started mak…
Finally got a chance to modify it for the base size and got some transparent colored acrylic…and it turned out okay.
(And it’s currently leaking light because I haven’t glued it yet… i still want to fine-tune the base a bit.)
(These things put out a lot of light.)
Hi everyone. Here’s another little problem I solved at home this week. The bed frame in our guest room was missing one post cap. It should look like this:
But looked like this instead:
That is not the classy look I am going for. However, an unsightly furniture blemish is no problem when you have a Glowforge!
I decided to use two old crustal doorknobs to spruce up the finials at the head of the bed. I took a few measurements and quickly printed out a couple of …
I guess I’m supposed to make an Escutcheons (I’m pretty sure I can’t pronounce this in real life).
Here it is!
So, I screwed up the cut of the button. I made the stroke too thick in the SVG. So, back to inkscape, made a circle, and cut it again. Huzzah for Optical Alignment!
The other thing I wanted to see was how the button would look made from extruded acrylic. I liked the look of the Proofgrade cast acrylic better.
Here it is in place.
And Glowing; it was hard …
I was doing some work for a friend last night and decided to try defocused engraving on a .25" piece he’s going to backlight…
The results were SOOO much cleaner. All my engraves on acrylic are going to be defocused from now on. I’d recommend the same to anyone:
OK, I finally felt I needed a sign for the Glowforge…
Walnut 100/35. It will sit on the wall behind the GF. It’s looks way better in person (the GF LEDs kind of wash out the color…)
So our hospital CIO John Halamka posted on his popular blog about the beer holders I made for his farm and the Glowforge (this blog is read by many hospital CIOs, HIT folks, informatics folks and health ministry types around the world, so good GF exposure):
All Proofgrade materials. The MTM 94 sticks to it great!
Okay… So! Here’s an update… Kind of a flow here. Sorry if it seems a little raw.
@pdobrien, I took a closer look at the box before moving it from the car to the house. There were no shock sensors.
The tape on the bottom of the box was not looking good.
After we got the Glowforge out of the box, I flipped it to see how it looked from underneath:
So, yeah… It definitely could have fallen through with not much force.
There’s a paper that says
I just did a really really nice glass engrave. However, as I had tested it and restarted it and fired a couple times on the same piece of glass, I’ve got a nasty band on the bottom edge were it took several passes. Look forward to a new one tomorrow. But for now, wife says I have to go to bed.
Here’s a teaser
I’ll be doing this in negative, and put something dark behind it.
I whipped up some more little items for the Missouri Fiddlers to use as fundraisers. I thought I’d make a few tiny instruments and put pin backs on them for the Fiddlers to sell.
So, I had two choices: go with the somewhat primitive but charming images that are on the hand drawn logo of the organization, or design something more anatomically correct.
So I did both. Which ones do you like the best? Or maybe what I should ask is, which would you more likely to buy if you are, or are not, a m…
A local gaming and card shop asked me to make some custom name badges.
I’ll take you through some steps.
Foreground in progress.
Taking a break to admire just how neat a very aligned laser works.
Finished product!(pardon the finger prints)
TLDR: I used the trace function and I cut through 0.5" of wood in a single pass.
When we were fixing up the nursery for my daughter, I replaced all the baseboard trim in the room. Unfortunately, I missed a small section behind the door. It was only about 2" in length, but I had the other trim up, and I returned the Miter saw I borrowed.
What to do?
I decided to cut the profile into the short segment, that way it would fit flush. My plan was to do it with the dermal or jig saw.
But wait, I ha…
Here are some of my first projects. These are their stories. I’ll keep adding them to this post as I go along.
I got my
at just after Noon on Friday. 4 days shipping to just north of Chicago. I waited about 40 minutes to get help unloading it. It really is not that heavy, but is awkward to lift on your own. The last thing I wanted to do is drop it before it even fired up. Also, items packed this well often are tough to get released from the tight packing material. It was sec…
I am a new beekeeper and a member of the San Diego Beekeeping Society. For this year’s county fair, I made awards for the annual Home Harvest Honey Contest.
My honey submission didn’t win, but I was called to the front and honored with a shout out at the awards ceremony for my Glowforge creations (reward enough!).
The awards are made of Proofgrade Cherry Hardwood using the second to darkest engrave setting. A big thanks to @karaelena for helping with the final touches in Illus…
Small scale test for future large scale project.
Proofgrade Walnut hardwood, 90/37 (PRU)