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Thread: Is this the first Glowforge that has burned to a crisp?

  1. #31
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    The only real possibility for a fire when engraving is if something strange happens and the laser stops moving but keep firing - not much chance of that happening so it's not really a fear of mine. Even still, I won't leave the laser running, even engraving, unless it's anodized aluminum (99% of what I do anymore) or stainless with cermark.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kev Williams View Post
    ENGRAVING acrylics is pretty much never going to start any fires, there's never enough heat in any one place long enough to start any combustion, like quickly passing a piece of paper over a flame. Myself, I never worry about ANY raster engraving starting fires.

    CUTTING acrylics, different story, like SLOWLY passing paper over a flame. I don't leave a machine that's cutting...

    But, we're talking about glowforge here, where SLOWLY and ENGRAVING seem to be one in the same
    I have done so much with so little for so long, that I can do almost anything with practically nothing...

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    From the moment I saw the early prototypes I was concerned about the construction and the materials used for the housing. Safety, cooling, stability (vibrations and resonance issues from the steppers), etc. Overall a poorly engineered machine. Way too expensive for what it is.

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    I also see that they have a problem if where you place it is not perfectly level that it may not cut through. Even just a little warp about the thickness of heave paper keeps it from cutting. Plastic doesn't make a very sturdy platform for a laser

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    I'm pretty sure those of us that have had a fire didn't loose their machine because of it. We have metal case's and could rebuild the machine. This machine because of the crappy plastic case is a total loss and the owner is out a few grand.Too bad these people got taken in by a clever bunch of false advertising.
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    I was following a thread about not being able to use it because it was to hot in his house. He complained that his old K40 was better then the Glowforge but he can't return it.

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    well yea , if he read the contract he would have known that it was ambient cooling and would not run over 75F and that once he got it he was stuck with it. Seems like all these owners just see the easy to use part and everything else is over their heads
    Quote Originally Posted by Jerome Stanek View Post
    I was following a thread about not being able to use it because it was to hot in his house. He complained that his old K40 was better then the Glowforge but he can't return it.
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