Having now seen the Glowforge in person I was quite impressed with the ease of use from the perspective of a novice maker. I watched quite a number of the samples being produced (including my own) and the process went exceptionally quick and all of them looked good to me.
Based on the features shown at the Faire, the only question I thought of after I left was whether the main camera could be zoomed in on the material to allow for better alignment of the scanned images (or imported) on the material. See the below photo.
I noticed on a few of the drawings that there seemed to be a little struggle getting them lined up on top of each other and centered given their small size on the screen. I’m not sure if this functionality exists or could be added later, but I believe it would be helpful for more novice users such as myself particularly when dealing with smaller materials and images. If there’s another way to address this concern also please educate me! I’m more speaking to what it seems to me would be a large alignment struggle with smaller materials and / or placing multiple smaller items close to each other with the interface.
I believe this is actually my first post on the forum but I’ve read almost every topic since I purchased back in October. This is my first venture into the field and I’ve been learning from everyone. Hopefully I’ll have more to contribute once I have one and I’m able to play with it.
P.S. Thank you Glowforge for the free tickets, it gave me a nice excuse to fly up and see Seattle for the first time! I’m posting from the airport on the way back to Vegas.