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Question Wooden Host - Good Idea or Bad Idea?

Hey everyone. I recently built a PHR - 803T Laser, It is about 2 weeks since I built it, and I was using a RadioShack project box to hold everything in. That was good for a temporary "host" What I would like is a host that is permanent, portable, and cool looking. The only thing I have access to would be a lathe. Not for metal working though. Just for making wooden stuff. Could I make a wooden host? I imagine the final output to be very nice looking with the polished wood texture, it will be a dark colored wood. Most likely would have to just stain some soft wood because I don't have much hard wood. Where do you guys stand on this idea. I know that most hosts come with heat sinks, but because I don't like using my PHR for more then 1 min at max, I don't think heat would be an issue for my duty cycles. So yeah wood doesn't conduct heat well, but I don't plan on that being an issue.

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You could do that and it would look realy nice with a finned heatsink sticking
out of the wood maby find some electronics heatsinks and adapt them/it.
you can paint it flat black or maby find a gold colored one or even aluminum color.
If you can turn wood you should be able to make a small squair place for the
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someone built a laser in a wooden host...I cant find the thread but if you search its around. Looked very unusual having a bright laser beam coming out of it
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...you can paint it flat black or maybe find a gold colored one or even aluminum color.
Do you think I should paint it, or see how it looks when it has been finished and polished? I think the wood texture would be a bit more cool to look at as apposed to the usual black, silver, or other solid colored hosts. I will put this up in violet laser section when it is done! Can't wait to work on it!

Thanks, And I think I might have an idea for heat-sinking.

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About my power supply and driver. The LM317 driver could be packed into a small space, because the only 3 parts are the lm317 voltage regulator, capacitor, and resistor.

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how many mA is your PHR running? You could probably get away with just using the standard aixiz module for heatsinking and use a short duty cycle.

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Don't paint the wooden host. It will covered the texture of the wood. Maybe better use a transparant paint of varnish.
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if the aixiz module can't handle it, a o-like module could do it, I tested and it is at least 2 times more efficient when dissipating heat, and can handle 4 times heat power than aixiz (look my thread).
the wooden finish is great (depending on the wood type :P)
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the wooden finish is great (depending on the wood type :P)
he doesnt even say how long he plans to run it or how much current he has it set at so your cannot say the that aixiz wont work. For all we know hes running it low and very little heat sinking is required.
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thats why I said "IF the aixiz module can't handle it"


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There is little you can do about heatsinking, apart from keeping very low duty cycles to keep average power at a minimum.

The peppermill design totally looks cool, but it is not very useful in terms of heatsinking. The wood actually creates more of a problem than it could hope to solve: It insulates the module and restricts airflow around it to about zero. The only way for heat to get out is through the wood, which will be a slow process.

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Okay well I haven't seen any post saying that this is a bad idea, so I am going to make it. I am going to probably just polish the wood when it is done. I hope to show you guys a great finished project.

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