Laser pointer discussion. Read/write reviews of laser pointers and laser pointer companies. Learn about all types of laser pointers and lasers





Welcome to Laser Pointer Forums! If you are looking for a laser pointer or want to compare different laser pointer companies, you may want to check out the LPF Laser Pointer Company Database. The link will open in a new window for your convenience.








Green Laser Pointers by Category Blue Laser Pointers by Category Red Laser Pointers by Category
Yellow Laser Pointers by Category Violet Laser Pointers by Category Orange Laser Pointers by Category
Top Laser Pointers by Power - 1 Watt+ Top Laser Pointers by Power - 500mW+ Top Laser Pointers by Power - 250mW+
Laser Pointer Database High Power Laser Pointers Laser Pointer Diodes
Laser Technology Laser Pointer Parts Lasers by Wavelength
Top 10 Laser Pointer Companies Laser Pointer Company Database Visible Beam Laser Pointers


One laser store meets all your needs

























Go Back   Laser Pointer Forums - Discuss Laser Pointers > Lasers > Experiments & Modifications



LPF List of Laser Pointer Companies (link opens new window)



Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-06-2011, 10:42 PM #1
Wolfman29's Avatar
Class 3B Laser
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Davis, CA
Posts: 3,828
Rep Power: 227
Wolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond repute
Wolfman29 Wolfman29 is offline
Class 3B Laser
Wolfman29's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Davis, CA
Posts: 3,828
Rep Power: 227
Wolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Random/Pulsed Switch for Driver?

Hey everyone.

So I recently had an idea... I have been toying around with building a neato spirograph for a while now, but then I realized... why not just build one with three colors in it? All it would require would be a dichro and an extra diode (would use a PHR and an LPC).

Except... I would also need a method of having it pulsed between three colors. Now, I thought that the easiest way to do this would be have some sort of 555 timer or something periodically pull a transistor, then two transistors in series (?) then have it set back to 0V output, so that it would cycle between red/magenta/blu-ray, because I think that would be really neat to be able to get a spirograph that changes colors.

However, I have no idea if what I thought of would work, or even if it would work, how it would work.

The idea is that off mode would be red, then one transistor on would turn ON BR (giving magenta), then the second one would switch OFF the red, giving just BR, and then it would cycle like that, probably at .5Hz or something.

But I am not sure how to go about making transistor gates go in SERIES... so that the voltage is added between them.

Anyone have any ideas?

(Of course, these transistors would just turn on/off the normal drivers I would have to be powering these diodes, which would probably be an easy LM1117 build or something. And I would have power knobs for fine tuning, etc.)


Wolfman29 is offline   Reply With Quote







LPF List of Laser Pointer Companies (link opens new window)







Old 08-07-2011, 12:13 AM #2
benmwv's Avatar
Class 3R Laser
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: wv
Posts: 1,389
Rep Power: 152
benmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond repute
benmwv benmwv is offline
Class 3R Laser
benmwv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: wv
Posts: 1,389
Rep Power: 152
benmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Random/Pulsed Switch for Driver?

I have an idea.

You know how in like gas stations and such there are those little bouncy balls that when they hit the ground two or three different color LEDs start flashing in random patterns? I took a broken one apart once and all it is is a tiny circle board (~1cm) with an IC (the kind not in a package, just a drop of epoxy over it), a "spring switch", and two (or more) LEDs.

You could easily use one of those as your "controller". Simply replace the spring switch with a momentary button, remove the LEDs, and put your transistors in their place. Then you would just flip a switch to start the motors and tap the button to start the pattern sequence. I imagine that all the different quick random pulses would look pretty cool coupled with a spiro.
benmwv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2011, 06:07 AM #3
Wolfman29's Avatar
Class 3B Laser
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Davis, CA
Posts: 3,828
Rep Power: 227
Wolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond repute
Wolfman29 Wolfman29 is offline
Class 3B Laser
Wolfman29's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Davis, CA
Posts: 3,828
Rep Power: 227
Wolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Random/Pulsed Switch for Driver?

I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about, those little bouncy balls =p What do you mean?
Wolfman29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2011, 07:24 AM #4
benmwv's Avatar
Class 3R Laser
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: wv
Posts: 1,389
Rep Power: 152
benmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond repute
benmwv benmwv is offline
Class 3R Laser
benmwv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: wv
Posts: 1,389
Rep Power: 152
benmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond reputebenmwv has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Random/Pulsed Switch for Driver?

Umm well let me find some...

Like this:
Soft Plastic Flashing Smile Face Figure Bouncy Balls (2-Pack/3*AG10) - Free Shipping - DealExtreme
Or this:
Motion Activated Auto Wheels Strobe Lights (2-pack) - Free Shipping - DealExtreme
They are both pretty much the same thing, it doesn't really matter what it is as long as it has flashy led's. Surely they must have some of these flashy led toys in your area, they are all over the place here.
benmwv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2011, 07:38 AM #5
Wolfman29's Avatar
Class 3B Laser
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Davis, CA
Posts: 3,828
Rep Power: 227
Wolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond repute
Wolfman29 Wolfman29 is offline
Class 3B Laser
Wolfman29's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Davis, CA
Posts: 3,828
Rep Power: 227
Wolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Random/Pulsed Switch for Driver?

Hmm. I will take a look into things like this.
Wolfman29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2011, 11:57 AM #6
Bluefan's Avatar
Class 3R Laser
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: The Netherlands
Posts: 1,482
Rep Power: 62
Bluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond repute
Bluefan Bluefan is offline
Class 3R Laser
Bluefan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: The Netherlands
Posts: 1,482
Rep Power: 62
Bluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Random/Pulsed Switch for Driver?

You can also make a square wave generator out of a 555 and a second square wave triggering with a delay on the first. With the right adjustment this would cycle between red, magenta and violet. I don't know if such a ball is a good idea, but you can try.
Bluefan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2011, 01:18 AM #7
Wolfman29's Avatar
Class 3B Laser
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Davis, CA
Posts: 3,828
Rep Power: 227
Wolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond repute
Wolfman29 Wolfman29 is offline
Class 3B Laser
Wolfman29's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Davis, CA
Posts: 3,828
Rep Power: 227
Wolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Random/Pulsed Switch for Driver?

Hmm. So like the first square wave being generated for 33% duty cycle, the second one is another 33% duty cycle with a 33% duty cycle delay, and then repeat?
Wolfman29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2011, 08:07 PM #8
Bluefan's Avatar
Class 3R Laser
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: The Netherlands
Posts: 1,482
Rep Power: 62
Bluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond repute
Bluefan Bluefan is offline
Class 3R Laser
Bluefan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: The Netherlands
Posts: 1,482
Rep Power: 62
Bluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Random/Pulsed Switch for Driver?

As I understand it, the cycle should be:
red on - blue off ==> red
red on - blue on ==> violet
red off - blue on ==> blue
So switching between red, violet and blue would mean a 66% duty cycle because they should overlap to form violet.
Bluefan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2011, 08:12 PM #9
Wolfman29's Avatar
Class 3B Laser
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Davis, CA
Posts: 3,828
Rep Power: 227
Wolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond repute
Wolfman29 Wolfman29 is offline
Class 3B Laser
Wolfman29's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Davis, CA
Posts: 3,828
Rep Power: 227
Wolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Random/Pulsed Switch for Driver?

Oh, right.

So both switches would be 66% duty cycles, like so:

----__----__----__
__----__----__----

Where the top is red and the bottom is BR.

EDIT: So I think I have drawn up a driver... someone wanna check out my design? It's using 3 555 circuits... so let's see!



EDIT 2: So a bit of an explanation... the top 555 starts out with a duty cycle of 66% at 1Hz (at least that's what my calculators say it should be) and when the 9V is high, it should pull the NPN transistor and let the 18V flow through to the 1085, turning on the LPC. Meanwhile, the second 555 timer is ticking away at .33 seconds, using the delay-on topology of the 555 timer. That then, in turn, pulls the NPN transistor down at the third 555 timer which is set to be in mono mode, which should just give a pulse of .67s, letting the PHR turn on and stay on for the second 2/3 of the cycle. Is the circuit I drew up wired to do that correctly?

Last edited by Wolfman29; 08-09-2011 at 07:57 AM.
Wolfman29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2011, 07:42 PM #10
Wolfman29's Avatar
Class 3B Laser
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Davis, CA
Posts: 3,828
Rep Power: 227
Wolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond repute
Wolfman29 Wolfman29 is offline
Class 3B Laser
Wolfman29's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Davis, CA
Posts: 3,828
Rep Power: 227
Wolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Random/Pulsed Switch for Driver?

Problem solved!

So I figured out a much easier way to do this....

Here is the schematic and the sim from LTSpice.



Wolfman29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2011, 09:06 AM #11
Bluefan's Avatar
Class 3R Laser
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: The Netherlands
Posts: 1,482
Rep Power: 62
Bluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond repute
Bluefan Bluefan is offline
Class 3R Laser
Bluefan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: The Netherlands
Posts: 1,482
Rep Power: 62
Bluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond reputeBluefan has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Random/Pulsed Switch for Driver?

That looks very good, except for the spikes. A different current source or some filtering would fix this.
Bluefan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2011, 05:01 PM #12
Wolfman29's Avatar
Class 3B Laser
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Davis, CA
Posts: 3,828
Rep Power: 227
Wolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond repute
Wolfman29 Wolfman29 is offline
Class 3B Laser
Wolfman29's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Davis, CA
Posts: 3,828
Rep Power: 227
Wolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond reputeWolfman29 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Random/Pulsed Switch for Driver?

Yeah - I actually took care of the spikes in the final product (the picture I printed out wasn't the final development, was just excited to post that I got it working). I just added an input and output cap to both of the 317s and it stabilized.

EDIT:

Alright, so I etched my PCB and just put in an order for parts on Mouser. Now I wait till like Saturday (or Monday) to receive my parts, and then my circuit will be up and running! I will test it... with I have no freakin' clue, until I get the LDs. I suppose I also need to get some motors and some FS mirrors and a dichro. Anyone have any good sources?

Last edited by Wolfman29; 08-10-2011 at 11:55 PM.
Wolfman29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply





Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On











Loading








Green Laser Pointers by Category Blue Laser Pointers by Category Red Laser Pointers by Category
Yellow Laser Pointers by Category Violet Laser Pointers by Category Orange Laser Pointers by Category
Top Laser Pointers by Power - 1 Watt+ Top Laser Pointers by Power - 500mW+ Top Laser Pointers by Power - 250mW+
Laser Pointer Database High Power Laser Pointers Laser Pointer Diodes






Privacy Policy | Advertising Disclaimer | Terms of Use


 


All times are GMT. The time now is 03:57 AM.


Powered by: vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO
Privacy Policy | Advertising Disclaimer | Terms of Use
Copyright (C) 2017 Laser Pointer Forums, LLC