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Old 04-19-2014, 03:50 PM #1
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Default Need help for first complicated build.

Hey guys - I feel it's about time to build a new laser. My last build was a simple 445 in a C6. Mostly just putting it together like LEGO. The way I see it, if I'm going to spend the money to build something new, I want it to be my own construction. I've decided on a red build, but haven't picked a diode yet.

I keep getting hung up on a problem. I want this to be very unique - so I think I'll include two buttons - a latching button, for 'priming', and another momentary switch for lasing. Moreover - I want the latching button to light up when it is toggled. I've found (what I think) is the perfect part for this - take a look..

This has been a source of headache for so many reasons. I'm not a mechanical or electrical engineer of any sorts (programmer by trade), so it's very frustrating that I can't figure this out, either electrically, mechanically or logistically. Here are my problems:
  1. How will I accommodate the threading for the switch?
  2. How will I include space for the switch in a given flashlight host?
  3. Should I get an 'adapter' machined, which will extend the back, and self-contain the switching wiring?
  4. How will I maintain access to the battery?
  5. Will I have to create a specific voltage regulator for the switch's LED?
  6. How will I run the wiring through the host?
  7. Should I get a custom machined host?
  8. How would I design that host?

Here is an image of my thoughts, for those that are more visual.



Thanks for any help, and sorry if the breadth of my problems is a little overwhelming. I'm fairly new to building physical things, and I've tried to learn it in theory, but hands-on is truly the best way.


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Lasers I own:
  • Old 95mW Greenie
  • 1.8W C6 445 build
  • Old Red 100mW build [dead]
  • Free ?mW Red from WL [dead]
  • Free ?mW BluRay from WL [dead]

I may do a new build this summer, a 500mW+ red.
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