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Talking 3d printed lasers?

I've heard of prototyping and 3d printing before but had no clue that it's actually something you and I can use.

http://formlabs.com/company/about-us/

Always thought it was more for the commercial market.

Well here they are giving away actual plans to make your own lasers!

https://pinshape.com/items/16919-3d-printed-cross-laser-pointer


Has anyone ever tried this? Like 3d printing your own laser guns or pointers?

Please don't tell me that this is some super expensive thing to get into. I would love to design my own



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Yes, I have tried to make a 3D printed designed host in the past, and it is a pain. You have to account for tolerances, and it takes hours to print a full shell. The other problem is you have to find a way to eradicate heat if you use higher powered modules. As for cost, it is expensive if you don't own your own printer. At this current moment it is easier to use a unique flashlight host or lathe your own. The link you have, doesn't feature anything difficult for you to do and wouldn't cost much to make. The difficulty comes when you to make an entire host from scratch.
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Yes, I have tried to make a 3D printed designed host in the past, and it is a pain. You have to account for tolerances, and it takes hours to print a full shell. The other problem is you have to find a way to eradicate heat if you use higher powered modules. As for cost, it is expensive if you don't own your own printer. At this current moment it is easier to use a unique flashlight host or lathe your own. The link you have, doesn't feature anything difficult for you to do and wouldn't cost much to make. The difficulty comes when you to make an entire host from scratch.
@CurtisOliver Thanks for the response. Didn't realize it was going to be so much of a complicated process. I guess I have to save up a little before I get my first elusive 3d printer then. An intriguing technology nonetheless.
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Yes it is a fantastic technology. As for the complication. You need to draw your CAD files in a way to account for the deviations of the machine. This makes sure your parts fit together perfectly. The cost is involved when you have to send your files of to a external company. It is viable, but let's say if you wanted to sell your hosts, you would have to negotiate a high selling price for the cost and time involved.
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Optotronics RPL 532nm DPSS Portables

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Dragon Lasers Yellow Laser Pointers

Sanwu are known to be very high quality and every newcomer should check them out.
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