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

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Shepherd View Post
    That's impossible. Those of us who said this is what would happen were berated and told we didn't know what we were talking about.
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    The original glowforge thread went on so long that I read along to follow the debate. There was at least one very vocal person who argued loudly and vehemently with everyone who criticized glowforge in that thread. Odd that I (still) don't see a single comment from them on this thread. Somehow, their silence reminds me of an old quote I read somewhere: "One good test is worth a thousand expert opinions."
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    So now how long before the recalls. or class action lawsuits start? Its only a matter of time, a year or two years? Then the bankruptcy and thousands of owners left with machines that will not work without the online software..... But wait, that can't happen!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill George View Post
    and thousands of owners left with machines that will not work without the online software..... But wait, that can't happen!
    Every single one of those machines will work just as well as they do now...
    I have done so much with so little for so long, that I can do almost anything with practically nothing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Hair View Post
    Every single one of those machines will work just as well as they do now...
    ea like crap LOL
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    You won't see many burn as they can't get past the waiting and calibrating so no firing of the laser

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    I.m really surprised that one actually ran long enough to start a fire. It seems they have to stop every few min's to cool off because they don't work if its over 75 F
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    Don't count them out yet, JoAnn fabric invested a lot into the company and they are putting them in their stores and offering them as a service. So now JoAnna fabric is in the laser engraving business with that machine.
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    Good for JoAnn. One more thing they'll screw up.
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