Glowforge arrived, first cuts & a scare!
Posted by
bruceaulrich
 
Joined Feb 3, '17 

After 510 days of waiting, my Glowforge finally arrived yesterday!
It was torture to see that it had been delivered (Thanks to UPS My Choice, I could go ahead and sign for it virtually), but I couldn’t get home to it for half of the day.

Then, when I got home, I immediately saw it on its end and I cringed.

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My mom and dad brought us some dinner, so he helped me get it inside. The next thing I noticed was a huge gash across the top of the box (like something had been dropped on it:

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Everything appears to be fine though. I am using a large built-in window seat upstairs in our bonus room as the home for the Glowforge.

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It fits nicely there, but my dad and I built a quick platform to raise it up a bit more. So, it was out to the woodshop to throw something decent together. The window sill was just in the way of the vent, so the platform helps it get higher, and there is no problem (You can see it in front of my awe-struck 7 year old:

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I went pretty boring for the first few prints…founder’s ruler…then a few of the Gift of Good Measure for some keychains/attachments for the kids. I used some colorful paracord I had to hang them on some carabiners…that way, they could remove them and use then to draw circles and shapes with during art (the love coloring and drawing):
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Then, I remembered a coworker had some young kids…so I printed her two twin boys each one of those small keychains, and proceeded to my first custom thing…the pendant necklace for her little girl. I just used canva.com to grab a quick “M” for her name to throw in the middle. Told it to engrave and off it went!
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Gave them to her this morning, and she just loved them!

Overall, I’m super impressed with how easy setup was, and how fast I could start printing things, even with zero laser experience or much design experience! It has already been fun, and I’ve only used it for a short time!

BONUS: My dad, born in 1942, has seen and done some amazing things in his lifetime. He remembers having a Ford Model A, has piloted F-4 Phantom fighter jet in Vietnam, and many many other things. After the first print of the Founder’s Ruler, he just looked at me and said, “Well, I’m impressed.” He is not easily impressed!

Thanks to the Glowforge team for this amazing product!


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