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Old 02-10-2014, 08:45 AM #1
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Just found the site a few days ago while looking for information on the use of lasers for engraving wood so thought I would join in order to ask any questions I come up with.

I'm Glyn, from Rotherham in England, mid 40's now, with a background in electronics, IT and photography. Currently unemployed but working on it, lol.

In the middle of an X-Y table build for laser engraving, most of the parts are ordered and on their way. Eventually I may go down the route of CO2 if I need too, but for now I decided to start out simple an go with diodes.

I have an assortment of broken DVD-RW's to salvage various parts from (£0.99 ebay find) as well as a LG BH10LS30 x10 bluray (£13 ebay find). I have a couple of LM2596 DC-DC step down converters, constant voltage and current regulators winging their way to me as well as a housing for the DVD-RW diodes (only just got the bluray and not had time to order a housing yet).

I imagine most of my questions will be around getting the most out of these reliably, and controlling the power output from my Arduino as laser engraving photos is what I'm really looking at just now.


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Welcome to LPF, Glyn. I'm relatively new to this hobby, but have some other commonalities with you in 40's, photography, and IT (networking). This is a great interweb destination for all things laser related as you've likely surmised. Just snoop around and use the search tool for topics that interest you before you spam questions likely answered dozens of times before... it's sort of a cultural thing here and demonstrates some self-sufficiency in locating well documented information. That's really the only advice I can offer to a newcomer on the forum other than don't be afraid to ask if you can't find what you are looking for in the archives. There are a tremendous number of people here that genuinely care about helping new hobbyists like us and the cumulative wealth of laser-related knowledge represented on the forum is staggering.

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405nm >> Skylasers PL405 500mW, overspec generic pen 70mW
445nm >> Blord 3W Dominator
460nm >> laserBtB 50mW pen
473nm >> Jet Lasers PL-E Pro 10-30mW
488nm >> Uniphase 2214-40MLA Cyllindrical Argon Ion
515nm >> Skylasers HL515 30mW
520nm >> Skylasers HL520 50mW
532nm >> Skylasers PL532 700mW, CNI 532nm GLP
543.5nm >> JDS Uniphase HeNe
589nm >> DL Spartan 50mW
632.8nm >> JDS Uniphase HeNe
638nm >> Blord 501B 200mW
650nm >> generic pen 4mW
650nm >> Skylasers HL650 300mW
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Thanks for the welcome, I'll certainly look around for answers before I post any questions
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