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Hello, I just joined the forum today and would like to start building. I have all kinds of tools and meters to tinker with electronics, but I am confused about which supplier to buy from and what specifications to start out with (Sorry...even the Sticky threads are confusing me). This seems daunting because it is my first laser project. I have owned lasers in the past and know little about how they work.

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I removed your duplicate thread. Please only post once per topic.

If you want to get started read the stickies. If they confuse you then ask for clarification.
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Thank you for the quick reply. Will do!
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There are multiple YT videos about this.
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Thanks to you all. I guess I should have checked YouTube first! If any of you have recommendations about specific channels or online suppliers that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.
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Thanks to you all. I guess I should have checked YouTube first! If any of you have recommendations about specific channels or online suppliers that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.
If you are looking for diodes I recommend DTR. He has a vast array of diodes to chose from & they are pretty well priced:
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There are a couple videos in my channel and
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You guys rock! I'll check out the videos and DTR. Thank you Stalker and Alex.
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It looks like building a blue laser first is cheapest. Does that sound right? I looked through DTR's site at different components and the blue and red diodes are much cheaper than the green. It seems like you get green lasers cheaper than blue lasers from different retailers though.
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It looks like building a blue laser first is cheapest. Does that sound right? I looked through DTR's site at different components and the blue and red diodes are much cheaper than the green. It seems like you get green lasers cheaper than blue lasers from different retailers though.
Blue 445nm diodes are going to be some of the cheapest around, yes.

Green lasers are cheaper then blue 445 lasers at lower powers. Compare a 5mW 532nm pointer to a 5mW 445 pointer, 532nm will most likely be cheaper! If you go to higher powers 445 will be cheaper. Compare 500mW of 532 to 500mW of 445nm, the 445nm will be cheaper.

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It looks like building a blue laser first is cheapest. Does that sound right? I looked through DTR's site at different components and the blue and red diodes are much cheaper than the green. It seems like you get green lasers cheaper than blue lasers from different retailers though.
The cheaper greens you see are DPSS laser at 532nm, very different from the diodes you see DTR selling. The green diodes, at 520nm, are relatively new. Roughly 2 years ago, 532nm dpss was the only readily available green laser (outside of gas lasers on ebay). Now they are mass produced and have gotten cheaper.

Although any green in the ~1W range is going to cost more than an equally powerful laser of another "common" wavelength.
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Thanks for the info Chaos. That makes total sense to me now that I see the price trend you mentioned.
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