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Old 12-22-2011, 12:09 PM #1
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Default First Galvo...would like some suggestions

Hi,
I have been playing with handhelds for a little while now and have been thinking of trying to use a galvo for fun. I have zero experience with these devices and was considering one of the cheap systems on eBay to fiddle with and get my feet wet. The one I have my eye on is this one

20Kpps HightSpeed Galvo scanning System (including Show Card) | eBay

I am just wondering how difficult this will be to use and if anyone here could help me iron out any wrinkles should I get it.

I own a couple lab style lasers around 1w I could use with it.

Can anyone here make some suggestions regarding this or maybe another cheap system for a first timer. I know it's cheap but I have a few other $100 tows I could never figure out and don't want to add to that inventory.

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Default Re: First Galvo...would like some suggestions

buy PT-30:
PT-30K Galvos. 161.5 + shipping!!
you also need a show card if you want to use it with lasershows ect.
laser show card DMX ILDA

this is the best for beginners.
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Default Re: First Galvo...would like some suggestions

be warned you will need good software and a good DAC.

scanners are only a fraction of the cost ...heh
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Default Re: First Galvo...would like some suggestions

I have an M-audio USB Firewire solo DAC...think that will work? I used to be heavy into HiFi audio and have several hand built DACs as well...

Is the software included with the cards mentioned? Is it difficult to use?

I know this may sound stupid but is there any info on how to set up the laser and how it actually interfaces with the galvo?
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photonlexicon.com <<<<like we tell the newbs here go read !!

http://www.laser-man.co.uk/ <<<that site is down atm but its fantastic make sure to look back there it has so much info
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Default Re: First Galvo...would like some suggestions

Kiyoukan already finished that group buy a month or so ago. You'll be spending about $210 to get a PT-30k from SpaceLas without a GB type deal. I would just go get a 20k galvo from SpaceLas on eBay for $150 or so and then work your way up.
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No jump in on len's DT GB they are much better than pts the DT 30ks would be amazing first galvos.
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