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Old 11-21-2016, 06:28 AM #1
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Default First build out of many to come

Hey guys, this is my very first build that I put together yesterday 11/19/2016! I was very nervous when I was starting to put it together just wondering if it would work, if I was doing everything right. I did so much research and took every precaution that I needed to before even building it (Correct pair of glasses for 445nm wavelength). First of all, I have to give a big thank you to Survival Lasers for the wonderful C6 host bundle as well as the Eagle eye glasses appropriate for the wavelength that I put together. Another big thank you to DTR Laser for the wonderful service and fast shipping of the laser diode that I needed in order to make this build a success! Without these 2 suppliers, I don't think I would have my first laser right now. I also have to give a big thank you to the LPF community for all the wonderful research you guys have done and all the information you guys provide, without this I would have never even knew where to start! I am very thankful and want to give you all the credit you very much deserve. I will list the parts that I got and then hopefully the beam shots I took in my apartment with my wife will come through (she is a big supporter in my projects).

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I think many of us like these m140 builds simply due to the price to performance ratio with them. (that and they are "blue")
Only not so obvious thing to watch out for is accidentally burning stuff like walls, cloth, fingers, etc...
Even an off-white can absorb enough of the light to char it if left still on it for too long.
Nice to see that you have the proper safety glasses for this laser as-well. +rep for that

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Congrats on the first build! I still have to get around to doing mine

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Nice, but now you have the addiction.
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Hey guys, this is my very first build that I put together yesterday 11/19/2016! I was very nervous when I was starting to put it together just wondering if it would work, if I was doing everything right. I did so much research and took every precaution that I needed to before even building it (Correct pair of glasses for 445nm wavelength). First of all, I have to give a big thank you to Survival Lasers for the wonderful C6 host bundle as well as the Eagle eye glasses appropriate for the wavelength that I put together. Another big thank you to DTR Laser for the wonderful service and fast shipping of the laser diode that I needed in order to make this build a success! Without these 2 suppliers, I don't think I would have my first laser right now. I also have to give a big thank you to the LPF community for all the wonderful research you guys have done and all the information you guys provide, without this I would have never even knew where to start! I am very thankful and want to give you all the credit you very much deserve. I will list the parts that I got and then hopefully the beam shots I took in my apartment with my wife will come through (she is a big supporter in my projects).

Survival lasers:
C6 host
1.8A driver current
Black anodized aluminum heat sink
Standard aluminum driver pill
Eagle pair 190nm - 540nm

DTR laser:
445nm M140 diode in 12mm copper module w/leads
Three element glass lens

Here are the pics!





I think most people are real nervous on there first build. So welcome to the family. And congrats are your first success! Yea it looks like you got the bug and we'll be seeing more builds from you. (Great) take care be safe and enjoy!
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Thank you guys! I was excited to see it work after all the soldering, i was also wearing a smock to help protect against ESD when working in the lab and soldering this together.
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this is kinda inspiring since i will probably be making most of my lasers myself pretty soon, because that would be kinda fun and i like building things
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Be prepared to be laser broke. Its real. It starts with an A Type m140, then a 465nm, then a 520, 7w of 450nm.....single mode diodes...custom hosts and heatsinks....high end premades...beam expanders....the smell of dark paint burning on the wall at 1am and that's just a Tuesday
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What Dan said.
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