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Old 05-01-2010, 01:02 PM #1
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Default [Help] Building a new laser

I'm planning on building a laser, my first, to be exact.
My problem is that I know very little about all of this, and also very little about circuits, etc...

I'm looking to build a hand-held burning red laser

And as explained, I have a lack of knowledge on this subject, so any and all suggestions and tips, and even guides if you are willing to help that much are greatly appriciated

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P.S Trying not to make the cost too high, but if it is a need then so be it, I'll just have to save up a while


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Default Re: [Help] Building a new laser

Hi, there are some very usefull threads on the forum:

Here's a general info thread about lasers:
Looking to build a laser? Read me!

The parts you need to make a laser are basically:
-a diode
-a driver
-a host
-batteries
-a focusable housing for the laser(aixiz...)

For the diode, go check out:

Stonetek
Modwerx
Hightechdealz

For the driver:

Rkcstr drivers
Flexdrive v5
Groove 2 driver

For the host, you're gonna have to modify a flashlight or buy a host kit from jayrob or from rayfoss:
Jayrob's kits

Here's a page with very nice compiled info about making a driver and a test load if you feel like doing it yourself instead of buying. If you're new to laser I wouldn't recomend it though.
Laser driver, It can be done.

Here's a thread gathering info about a lot of diodes:
Diodes Data compilation

Here is a thread teaching how to solder properly:
How to solder properly

There certainly is more info and links to gather but that would be very long, it alreday took me half an hour to gather this post.
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Default Re: [Help] Building a new laser

if you dont want to solder the diode to the driver and risk burning up the diode/driver i would suggest a completed module here

Aixiz Rkcstr Red 650nm 320mA Laser Module [Aixiz Rkcstr & 20x Red Laser] - $59.00 : High Tech DealZ, Simplifying the LASER Hobby!

and then put it in this host (MXDL 4171) and get the host/heatsink combo as it can fit a full length aixiz module.

FS: MXDL Host & Heatsink Combo! (4171 or 3405)

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Oh my god, you guys are absolutely amazing. I think I love you guys XD
Thankyou so much, I'll look at it all immediately.

Again, thankyou, sincerely!
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Default Re: [Help] Building a new laser

always glad to help out newbies

hit me a pm if you get stuck!

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I definately will =D
Thankyou for all the support!
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dont mention it!

and thanks for the +rep

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