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Old 10-16-2008, 02:17 AM #17
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Default Re: FS: Custom machined laser hosts and parts.

Wow they look great!
how much would you charge for something like the dual AA host host from solid aluminum for only one. I can't believe how professional they look. =P Also I never used a lath or before, how long did it take you to make one?


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Heh well I may be new to the laser forums but Im not new to machining I make all kinds of things including jet engines for a living.

I'll send you a PM to get some more details and get you a quote.

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Default Re: FS: Custom machined laser hosts and parts.

mkay my digital calipers came in. I'll mock up a model that will probably be one of a kind, but somethings I need to know before I sketch up a model and give full measurements.

- rather than horizontal ridges to provide more heat disipation to the diode... can you make vertical ones??
- can you have it anodized for me, or do I have to find someone else who can do it?
- can you ball park me a figure for a host, with the given information, how much am I looking at here? appx. size = two AAA batteries.. nothing too thick.. like your standard pen style laser. 13.02mm x 144.75mm. Three pieces that connect by threading on each of the three pieces (also similar to your average pen style laser host)
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Pyro,

What kind of switches can you make? (Tailcap/sidebutton) I don't see any switch on the hosts in your photos.
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Pyro, check your PM





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Default Re: FS: Custom machined laser hosts and parts.

I could do fins lengthwise, though that would require milling with a rotary table in addition to turning the piece on the lathe and would take probably 20 times as long to cut the fins.


I'll send you a PM with some ideas of prices. Think the minimum diameter is going to be 5/8&quot; or around 16 mm for a pen style.


Zombie I can do momentary push buttons for side and end caps, magnetic switches, and twist turn switches though most people have wanted the hosts not drilled so they can find a little $.50 - $2 switch and install it themselves.

If you have a switch that you would like to use I could set it up to work with it, its definitely cheaper to use an mass produced switch than to custom make one.



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I only have tactile switches like this in both TH and SMT shape:



I was thinking about making a tube that screws in the head, and acts as a rigid base for the switch to sit on so it can be pushed from the outside.

like in the sketch I showed you before



I'm still thinking about how to exactly mount the switch, and what kind of button I want to go with the switch.

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Default Re: FS: Custom machined laser hosts and parts.

so Im thinking more about this but i don't have and CAD skills. Do you have any CAD freeware applications that you recommend that I could use to get started on. Ill probably check out youtube for some tutorials and stuff.
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Hmmm I dont know of any freeware cad programs of any use, though i know a bunch of people who have done impressive MS paint drawings, making a light gray graph paper grid and then using it to draw their parts. If you do a dimensioned sketch, I can do a 3d cad rendering so you could check out how it looks, even render it into a hand to make it look like its a real part.

I know there are a few really cheap $20 type cad programs, maybe there is one with a trial version, heck i think even autocad has a trial version you could use for like 20 or 30 days.


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Take a look at open source software from sourceforge. I haven't tried any but they seem promising.

http://sourceforge.net/search/?words...mp;form_cat=18
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just to say, in 3 weeks or so i will want some work doing
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Ok Sounds good Rob,


Jake your hosts are boxed up and ready to ship monday.
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so Im thinking more about this but i don't have and CAD skills. Do you have any CAD freeware applications that you recommend that I could use to get started on. Ill probably check out youtube for some tutorials and stuff.
http://www.rhino3d.com/download.htm--Rhino3d, an excellent CAD program with &quot;25 free saves&quot;, but mine never run out. They have a 30-minute tutorial and I was up and running.
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Or you could use googles sketchup which is free
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Great ideas all guys, I have AutoCAD 2000, but it's got too much learning curve to be very useful IMHO
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