Thunder Laser
vs.
Glowforge

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Why Choose Thunder Laser Over Glowforge

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What are the difference between Glowforge Pro, Aeon-Mira 7 , and Thunder-Nova Mini/40W & 24/60W?

This document is a very basic over view of the differences and camparison of some commonly asked questions.

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GF Pro Mira 7 Mini 60 Nova 24 Notes
Work area 19.5" x 11" x 0.5" 27.5" x 17.8" x 5.9" 23.6" x 15.7" x .8" 23.6" x 15.7" x 6.1" Mira 7 has more work area but more height in Nova 24.
Pass through 0.25" No 0.8" 0.8" Nova line has better pass through
Max material thickness 2" 5.3" 0.6" 6.1" Nova 24 more space
Laser power 45W 60W 40W 60W 60W is good
Motor type Stepper Digital Steppers Stepper Hybrid Servo Additional info needed on Mira7 motor
Red Dot No Yes No Yes Red dot helps to know where the head on the material
Chiller included Closed loop self cooling Yes/Built-in Yes Yes Chiller helps but Nova option is better for not being built-in. Allows for upgrades
Chiller type Self cooling Built-in 3000 CW3000 CW5000 DW5000 is a true chilller like a fridge. CW3000 is air cooled
Air included Yes Yes Yes Yes Even through all machines
Air type Internal air assist Built-in pump External Pump External Pump and dual sourced Nova dual source allows for external air supply to be added so that you can do low pressure for engraving and high pressure for cutting
Exhaust inculded No. Add-on Yes/Built-in Yes/External Yes/External Nova external is better option for upgrades
Camera Included No. Add-on No. Add-on No. Add-on Camera cost around US$200-450
Motorized bed No Yes - up/down. Honeycomb and blades fixed. Honeycomb and blades Yes - up/down. Honeycomb and blades Having both honeycomb and blades is a big plus
Catch Tray No No No Yes Tray to catch the little pieces and pull out
Tumblers No Yes with rotary No Yes with rotary Various options: rollers and chuck
Work area Pass through Max material thickness Laser power Motor type Red Dot Chiller included Chiller type Air included Air type Exhaust inculded Camera Motorized bed Catch Tray Tumblers
GF Pro 19.5" x 11" x 0.5" 0.25" 2" 45W Stepper No Closed loop self cooling Self cooling Yes Internal air assist No. Add-on Included No No No
Mira 7 27.5" x 17.8" x 5.9" No 5.3" 60W Digital Steppers Yes Yes/Built-in Built-in 3000 Yes Built-in pump Yes/Built-in No. Add-on Yes - up/down. Honeycomb and blades No Yes with rotary