I almost bought one, but the idea of all the software residing on their servers gives me pause. If they ever go under, I have a very expensive paper weight. I also question the filter and how well it “cleans” the air coming off the cutting material. Plus I would want the pro, and can’t swing the $4K at the moment as I have a BB-8 droid in the works and looking at a new 3D printer.
This looks great until I saw all the complaints about shipping costs so I checked them out and for me to Indonesia is $1189.
That is downright ridiculous pricing. Factor in the 30% duty and VAT (I couldn’t find any HS CODE for it on the site so taking the worst case based on a laser printer) when it lands and the basic model with filter would cost me nearly $4800
We ship 45Kg industrial computer based systems by air around the work for around $500 so I just don’t get the shipping costs here.
I don’t think it is spam as the glowforge had been a big topic for some time now and it is really being hyped up now with the presale. I am waiting for someone to tear it down and make a copy and open source the software so it isn’t a door stop when you lose internet service.
@ Dave McLaughlin - They are prob hiding some of the costs of the machine within the shipping and handling costs. I thought about doing that as well to make it seem that my project was cheaper than it actually was. I decided against it though, I just raised to price to show the true cost in the end.
[quote=“Mr. John Smith”]EDIT: Wait the product requires internet to run?
All the software is on their servers, the machine only has a button to start. So all the great features that everyone is talking about is not a program you run. You have to login to their servers and setup there, then hit the button on your machine. If their servers go Dodo or are just overloaded, then you are out of luck.
Also, from what I have read, is the filter and the laser tube is proprietary. If you modify the firmware all support is gone and until there is software to run it locally, I don’t think I would be touching it.
In the end, If they can sell this many preorders, then they should be able to sell @ 60%-75% and still make money. If not, I am sure someone will reverse engineer the thing and a true opensource option will come out. That is what I think I will wait for.