Why I Bought a Thunder Laser (or Why I Didn’t Buy a Glowforge)

With so many laser engraving machine options to choose from, it can be challenging to decide which one is the best fit for your specific needs. Two of the most popular choices out there are the Thunder Laser and the Glowforge. However, in a recent YouTube video, Ron shared his insights on why he chose a Thunder Laser over the Glowforge.

In this blog post, we’ll break down the essential points from Ron’s video and explore the four main factors that contributed to his decision.

  • Z-depth

One of Ron’s primary requirements for a laser cutter was a machine that offered a considerable Z-depth. He found that the Thunder Laser Nova 35 met this requirement with ease, while the Glowforge had a maximum etch depth of just 2 inches. The ability to work with thicker materials was a significant factor that tilted the scale in favor of Thunder Laser.

  • Price

Ron’s second requirement was an affordable machine without compromising on performance. He found that the Thunder Laser machine offered great value for money compared to the Glowforge Pro. The larger cut bed, toolkit, water chiller, air assist pump, and more powerful laser tube all contributed to making the Thunder Laser a more cost-effective choice.

  • Speed

Speed was another vital aspect for Ron, and he discovered that the Thunder Laser machine was quicker than the Glowforge. This faster processing time allows for more efficient and productive work, making it an essential factor to consider when choosing a laser cutter.

  • Local Control

Lastly, Ron valued the ability to control his machine locally without relying on cloud-based software. He found that the Glowforge’s dependence on cloud connectivity could potentially lead to issues with workflow and productivity. On the other hand, the Thunder Laser machine provided him with the local control he desired.

In his YouTube video above, Ron effectively demonstrates that the Thunder Laser machine was the better choice for him based on his specific needs. His experience highlights the importance of thoroughly researching and considering the factors that matter most to you before investing in a laser cutter.

If you’re still undecided on which laser cutter to choose, Ron’s video offers valuable insights that can help guide your decision-making process. 

Ultimately, the right laser cutter for you will depend on your unique needs and priorities. We have laser machine experts ready to help you in your decision-making process. Feel free to schedule a free consultation today by clicking here.

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