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



List of Laser Pointer Companies by Category



Welcome to Laser Pointer Forums! A common question is where to buy laser pointers. 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 > Laser Shows



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



Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-13-2016, 03:49 AM #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 0
dominick is on a distinguished road
dominick dominick is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 0
dominick is on a distinguished road
Default Looking for a scanner just for fun

Hey guys,
I do a bit of programming and I really want to buy a laser scanner. I'm a noob to show lasers but have owned high powered laser pointers in the past so I'm aware of safety precautions.

How do you get started? What kind of software can you run and how do you drive a scanner off of a PC?

I'd like to get something for under $1000. I would love to learn how to do animations and neat effects.

Any places I should start looking?

Thanks!


dominick is offline   Reply With Quote







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







Old 02-13-2016, 05:16 AM #2
Shakenawake's Avatar
Class 3R Laser
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,706
Rep Power: 1553
Shakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond repute
Shakenawake Shakenawake is offline
Class 3R Laser
Shakenawake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,706
Rep Power: 1553
Shakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Looking for a scanner just for fun

well, I'm sellling my LKPD2 laser projector, it can use DMX control board or hook up to a PC via ILDA. I dont have a control board or the software to go with it, or the ILDA cord. I always just used the stock settings. but it has some capabilities for customization.

LasershowGen - ILDA file creation tool

unfortunately I am much less knowledgable about this subject than many others here, like Grix

I think the scanners in mine are 20k, but I know 30 and 40k scanners exist, though some might have limited angles at higher speed. sorry, I dont exactly know what I'm talking about so I'm just gonna let someone else

what I am pretty sure of is that a scanner is only one component of a projector, and that you could get one or more of them for much less than $1000
__________________
501B BDR-209 16X 405nm 630mW @.52Ag lens
Host by Ehgemus NUBM44 450nm 6.8W @4.5A g lens
Host by Ehgemus M462 462nm 1.5W @1.2A g lens
Dominator NUBM07E 465nm 4.3W @3.5A g lens
L2P Nichi@ NDG4216 515nm 110mW @ .35A
501B by Blord osr@m PL520 520nm 95mW @.3A g lens
PL-E pro from Jetlasers nichi@ NDG7475 520nm 980mW, 730mW w/ 10X BE

Lasermax Genesis sight 532nm 5mW
RPL from Optotronics 532nm 450mW

Spartan from Dragonlasers 589nm 50mW
501B HL63133DG 638nm 210mW @.3A g lens
501B Ocl@ro HL63193MG 638nm 960mW @1.3A g lens

501B by Blord LPC 826 660nm 325mW @?A g lens
PL660 from Laserbtb 660nm 1020mW

LPM
DL matrix and fan transmission gratings

laser powers in sig are about 20 seconds into duty cycle, not peak powers

http://laserpointerforums.com/f39/co...her-94720.html

(I guess I am a vet now)

Last edited by Shakenawake; 02-13-2016 at 05:26 AM.
Shakenawake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2016, 12:52 PM #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 0
dominick is on a distinguished road
dominick dominick is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 0
dominick is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Looking for a scanner just for fun

Could you send me some details on your LKPD2?

Is there a reference of the different specs you should look for in a scanner/projector? Also, how do you put out patterns? I know DMX doesn't allow you to use your own designs.

dominick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2016, 07:55 PM #4
Shakenawake's Avatar
Class 3R Laser
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,706
Rep Power: 1553
Shakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond repute
Shakenawake Shakenawake is offline
Class 3R Laser
Shakenawake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,706
Rep Power: 1553
Shakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Looking for a scanner just for fun

well, I'm uploading some video of it working but some of my videos were too long to upload to photobucket, so I'll have to re-shoot some, lemme see if I can find a you tube video

I know scanner speed is one important spec, the higher the better. you need a program like pangolin to make custom animations. like I said, there's many here more knowledgable than I. the Photo lexicon forum may be a better place to go for projector info

here's a thread on PL where someone is selling/sold one as well. they claim it's a good entry level projector, that's what I'd say as well.

SELLING LK-PD2 Projector 500mW

here is a review of the same pj I have from a member here:

LK-PD2 Laser Projector Review (picture heavy)

I think this video was custom made using the LK PD2:



here's what it's stock settings do:















it also has a beam show setting I couldnt readily find a vid for. will try to get mine uploaded tonight
__________________
501B BDR-209 16X 405nm 630mW @.52Ag lens
Host by Ehgemus NUBM44 450nm 6.8W @4.5A g lens
Host by Ehgemus M462 462nm 1.5W @1.2A g lens
Dominator NUBM07E 465nm 4.3W @3.5A g lens
L2P Nichi@ NDG4216 515nm 110mW @ .35A
501B by Blord osr@m PL520 520nm 95mW @.3A g lens
PL-E pro from Jetlasers nichi@ NDG7475 520nm 980mW, 730mW w/ 10X BE

Lasermax Genesis sight 532nm 5mW
RPL from Optotronics 532nm 450mW

Spartan from Dragonlasers 589nm 50mW
501B HL63133DG 638nm 210mW @.3A g lens
501B Ocl@ro HL63193MG 638nm 960mW @1.3A g lens

501B by Blord LPC 826 660nm 325mW @?A g lens
PL660 from Laserbtb 660nm 1020mW

LPM
DL matrix and fan transmission gratings

laser powers in sig are about 20 seconds into duty cycle, not peak powers

http://laserpointerforums.com/f39/co...her-94720.html

(I guess I am a vet now)

Last edited by Shakenawake; 02-13-2016 at 08:01 PM.
Shakenawake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2016, 01:05 PM #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 0
dominick is on a distinguished road
dominick dominick is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 0
dominick is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Looking for a scanner just for fun

Thanks for the info man. I'll shoot you a PM.
dominick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2016, 07:58 AM #6
Grix's Avatar
Class 3R Laser
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Norway
Posts: 2,199
Rep Power: 3311
Grix has a reputation beyond reputeGrix has a reputation beyond reputeGrix has a reputation beyond reputeGrix has a reputation beyond reputeGrix has a reputation beyond reputeGrix has a reputation beyond reputeGrix has a reputation beyond reputeGrix has a reputation beyond reputeGrix has a reputation beyond reputeGrix has a reputation beyond reputeGrix has a reputation beyond repute
Grix Grix is online now
Class 3R Laser
Grix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Norway
Posts: 2,199
Rep Power: 3311
Grix has a reputation beyond reputeGrix has a reputation beyond reputeGrix has a reputation beyond reputeGrix has a reputation beyond reputeGrix has a reputation beyond reputeGrix has a reputation beyond reputeGrix has a reputation beyond reputeGrix has a reputation beyond reputeGrix has a reputation beyond reputeGrix has a reputation beyond reputeGrix has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Looking for a scanner just for fun

I made a post responding to a similar question on reddit, so I'll just copy/paste the answer here. Sorry in advance if there are any parts of the answer that doesn't fit your question exactly, for example the other poster had a much lower budget than yours, but I cant be arsed to rewrite the whole thing :

You might be able to get like a dirt cheap projector like this: NEW 600mW rgb mini party lights,disco laser/animation laser projector for christmas-in Stage Lighting Effect from Lights & Lighting on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group

The projector linked above actually does seem to have an ILDA connector. It's still not a good projector at all, but if you only care about low price, it will have to do. I would really recommend upgrading to at least something like this, though, which is probably around twice the power and also supports analog color modulation if you ask for it (practically unlimited number of color vs only 7 on TTL): SD Card 1200mw ilda & dmx rgb laser sd card, 1.2W RGB animation laser sd card-in Stage Lighting Effect from Lights & Lighting on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group

Then, in addition to the projector you need 1) a DAC, a device that controls the ILDA interface via a PC, and 2) PC software to make and play shows

The cheapest option right now for these is probably a RIYA multibus lite DAC, plus ********* laser show software, which will run you about $200 including the DAC: http://www.hingednewt.com/Pages/*********.aspx (the guy selling ********* also sells RIYA DACs for $100 if you email him). LasershowXpress is the next step up and highly acclaimed, but that starts at $130 alone without a DAC: https://innolasers.com/shop/index.ph...roller=product

You can also use my software, LasershowGen, to create shows for much cheaper, but I don't support DAC output yet, so you'd have to get another program to output the shows anyway, or load the shows onto an SD card and play them through the laser projector which is inflexible. LasershowGen - ILDA / Laser frame creation tool

However, I am actually in the process of designing a cheap DAC which will make the cost of entry much lower for people like you, unfortunately it will be several months until it is formally announced and released.

EDIT: The word 5paghett1 is censored on these forums

Last edited by Grix; 02-15-2016 at 08:01 AM.
Grix is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2016, 06:34 PM #7
Class 2 Laser
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 349
Rep Power: 3521
swamidog has a reputation beyond reputeswamidog has a reputation beyond reputeswamidog has a reputation beyond reputeswamidog has a reputation beyond reputeswamidog has a reputation beyond reputeswamidog has a reputation beyond reputeswamidog has a reputation beyond reputeswamidog has a reputation beyond reputeswamidog has a reputation beyond reputeswamidog has a reputation beyond reputeswamidog has a reputation beyond repute
swamidog swamidog is online now
Class 2 Laser
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 349
Rep Power: 3521
swamidog has a reputation beyond reputeswamidog has a reputation beyond reputeswamidog has a reputation beyond reputeswamidog has a reputation beyond reputeswamidog has a reputation beyond reputeswamidog has a reputation beyond reputeswamidog has a reputation beyond reputeswamidog has a reputation beyond reputeswamidog has a reputation beyond reputeswamidog has a reputation beyond reputeswamidog has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Looking for a scanner just for fun

you will need galvos (scanners), a DAC, and software.

software talks to the dac which converts commands to control voltage signals that are fed into the galvo inputs (XY) and also into modulation circuits for diodes.

you can get decent galvos, plus kick ass software and DAC for under 1k$. no problem.

if you're interested in hobby level mashing buttons and making pretty light, pangolin's quickshow / fb3 is a good deal at ~600$. if you're interested in doing intense eye melty awesome shows, LSX and an etherdream DAC is an excellent deal at ~400$. etherdream dacs have open api's if you want to do your own programming down the road.

some links:

LSX (basic) https://innolasers.com/shop/index.ph..._options-basic

Etherdream: Ether Dream - Laser Components & Tools

Pangolin FB3 / QS: Amazon.com: Pangolin Quickshow FB3-QS version 2.0 laser show software package: Industrial & Scientific

Galvos: PT40A Lightspace Co.,Ltd.

LSX has a learning curve. Far more than Quickshow, but it is quite a lot more powerful. if you're curious about LSX in action, here's a show I made with it.





Quote:
Originally Posted by dominick View Post
Hey guys,
I do a bit of programming and I really want to buy a laser scanner. I'm a noob to show lasers but have owned high powered laser pointers in the past so I'm aware of safety precautions.

How do you get started? What kind of software can you run and how do you drive a scanner off of a PC?

I'd like to get something for under $1000. I would love to learn how to do animations and neat effects.

Any places I should start looking?

Thanks!
swamidog is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2016, 09:35 PM #8
Shakenawake's Avatar
Class 3R Laser
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,706
Rep Power: 1553
Shakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond repute
Shakenawake Shakenawake is offline
Class 3R Laser
Shakenawake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,706
Rep Power: 1553
Shakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond reputeShakenawake has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Looking for a scanner just for fun

thanks for showing up with input guys, you two were exactly the two I thought could best help.
__________________
501B BDR-209 16X 405nm 630mW @.52Ag lens
Host by Ehgemus NUBM44 450nm 6.8W @4.5A g lens
Host by Ehgemus M462 462nm 1.5W @1.2A g lens
Dominator NUBM07E 465nm 4.3W @3.5A g lens
L2P Nichi@ NDG4216 515nm 110mW @ .35A
501B by Blord osr@m PL520 520nm 95mW @.3A g lens
PL-E pro from Jetlasers nichi@ NDG7475 520nm 980mW, 730mW w/ 10X BE

Lasermax Genesis sight 532nm 5mW
RPL from Optotronics 532nm 450mW

Spartan from Dragonlasers 589nm 50mW
501B HL63133DG 638nm 210mW @.3A g lens
501B Ocl@ro HL63193MG 638nm 960mW @1.3A g lens

501B by Blord LPC 826 660nm 325mW @?A g lens
PL660 from Laserbtb 660nm 1020mW

LPM
DL matrix and fan transmission gratings

laser powers in sig are about 20 seconds into duty cycle, not peak powers

http://laserpointerforums.com/f39/co...her-94720.html

(I guess I am a vet now)
Shakenawake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2016, 11:28 PM #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 0
dominick is on a distinguished road
dominick dominick is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 0
dominick is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Looking for a scanner just for fun

Thanks everyone. This is all great information. I'm going to do a little more research on software and a 30k scanner and hopefully I can land something under my budget without having to build my own.
dominick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2016, 10:02 AM #10
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 1,372
Rep Power: 0
Isaac Clarke has a reputation beyond reputeIsaac Clarke has a reputation beyond reputeIsaac Clarke has a reputation beyond reputeIsaac Clarke has a reputation beyond reputeIsaac Clarke has a reputation beyond reputeIsaac Clarke has a reputation beyond reputeIsaac Clarke has a reputation beyond reputeIsaac Clarke has a reputation beyond reputeIsaac Clarke has a reputation beyond reputeIsaac Clarke has a reputation beyond reputeIsaac Clarke has a reputation beyond repute
Isaac Clarke Isaac Clarke is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 1,372
Rep Power: 0
Isaac Clarke has a reputation beyond reputeIsaac Clarke has a reputation beyond reputeIsaac Clarke has a reputation beyond reputeIsaac Clarke has a reputation beyond reputeIsaac Clarke has a reputation beyond reputeIsaac Clarke has a reputation beyond reputeIsaac Clarke has a reputation beyond reputeIsaac Clarke has a reputation beyond reputeIsaac Clarke has a reputation beyond reputeIsaac Clarke has a reputation beyond reputeIsaac Clarke has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Looking for a scanner just for fun

damn those thing look awesome...
Isaac Clarke 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 12:42 PM.


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