So… I’m pretty well burned out on this project for a number of reasons.
While there seems to be some interest in developing third-party options for the Glowforge, there isn’t much desire amongst the community to put much effort into it. Plus, the bulk of the people who purchase these seem to lack the technical skillsets that would allow them to benefit from this project.
Through all of the work that I have done, I have come to the conclusion that the Glowforge hardware is complete crap. They have obvious reliability problems and were not designed with maintainability in mind. Even if you can manage to get it apart, getting repair parts for it will be next to impossible due to its highly bespoke nature.
The other products out there will get you far more for your money and are easier to hack into something you want. Had Glowforge managed to deliver even half of the original features they touted in their pre-order promotions, the calculus would be different.
Finally, making it work with any off the shelf software is extremely difficult. Add to that the company’s complete disrespect to the developers of the open source software on which their product is based and I am left disinterested in continuing any work that may in any way benefit them.
For these reasons, I have no motivation to keep incurring the cost of this forum. I will be shutting it down at the end of the year.
If I can find an easy way to export the technical content to Github for archival purposes, I will.
Thanks for your interest in this project.