A thread to share how to salvage a nonfunctional Glowforge.
The machine didn’t function from new.
Left “Y” axis motor was dead which caused erratic, nonsensical motion.
Company had no interest in problem solving or having the machine returned for forensic analyst.
So rather than send the machine off to the recycle it was dismantled in an effort to build a machine from the scraps.
It turns out one wire wasn’t fully seated into a connector that plugs into the “Y” motor.
Most of the Glowforge electronics / motion control is proprietary so had to be abandoned.
Major parts salvaged :
“X” / “Y” chassis
Water pump and cooler
A portion of the original cabinet
Being a bit of a tinker some of the needed parts that were already here in the maker cave.
Main items that on the shelf :
12 & 24 volt power supplies
Hook up wires, connectors, micro switches, E stop switch
NEMA 17 motors for “Z” axis
Various sheet metal
Nuts, bolts, tie wraps, tapes etc.
Items to purchase :
Laser power supply
To build a “Z” axis :
Aluminum extrusions and corner connections
Pulleys, belts, belt tensioners, lead screws
Bill of materials and firmware code to follow in future postings.