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Default Affordable XY scanner - where to buy?

I'm looking for a XY scanner, preferably something that comes as a complete set - galvo's mirrors, and mechanically assembled in such a fashion that its basically a matter of mouting it and pointing a beam through.

Do you guys have any idea on what good options are to buy?

The only thing i need is the galvo/mirror assembly - i'm quite comfortable with electronics and can rig a sound card dac/driver and such myself. Quality/speed is not really essential, its more for experimenting, so anything that works reasonably well to 20k would suffice.


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Laser show - Beam show - Animation show - Scanner systems - Softwares - SpaceLas Co. Ltd. (20k scan set)

They sell for $88US plus shipping and the set includes galvo motors, mirrors, an angle mount/heatsink and amps to drive the motors.. You just feed them a signal from the DAC. It's the cheapest set of 20k galvos that I know of, and I've heard good things about their performance. I'm planning on ordering a set myself very soon...
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Let us know how you get on fellas, ive got a 150mw 532 labby sitting here doing nothing, make a nice cheap little setup.
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Will do.. I plan on reviewing the set that I buy after I can spend some time with them.
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Default Re: Affordable XY scanner - where to buy?

Based on the pics on their site, their 20k set is the exact same as the scanLSP 20 set that lasershowparts sells. I figure I'll drop the $88 and find out if they actually are the same, and then do a review on them. They might have a different design these days. $88 isn't much money to spend for galvos, so I'm already expecting caveats.
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$88 for the complete kit seems like a very cheap deal indeed. I'm a bit confused by the info though: does it run off 220 volt mains, or from 24v/1a power supply? Or is the latter the output to the actual scanner motors?
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Actually they come with a +/-24V PSU. The PSU runs off of 90-240VAC I believe..
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Right, so bascially for this $88 and a souncard-dac i'd be done with the whole ordeal?

Sounds like a very afforable deal to me, especially with a 803-sled-based RG(V) as input and just a laptop controlling the whole bunch
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.. I contacted spacelas, the unit is $88 indeed, but shipping is going to cost $45, which seems excessive. I'll see if we can work something out there, seems like an interesting unit to give a try.
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You might be able to get them to use a different courier or postal service. They normally ship via EMS or DHL I think, and the stuff gets to you in 3-4 days as opposed to 2 weeks...
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They prefer to ship with expensive methods so that you can't blame the shipping company for breaking your scanners. I don't think it makes a difference in the way they are handled though
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Can you provide a link to this blasting by Bill. I would like to read it for my self and do my own judgment of it as I plan on buying this $88.00 set and see just what it will do.

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I'll ask for shipping options.

As far as performace goes: I wouldnt expect this set to be comparable in performance to a $1000+ one. For 88 bucks, it would be nice to get something that allows writing some text on a remote wall or create some liquid-sky/tunnel effects. These things don't really require that much speed and precision, but would still be a nice starter project in projection.

If i can get it at a reasonable shipping cost, i'll give it a go. Perhaps even just driving it with a PIC to begin with to make some basic patters without rigging a proper dac and compensation amp (though that -seems- easy enough, anyone got a schematic on the latter?).
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