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Been lurking the forum for quite some time, finally decided to register for an account a little less than a week ago. After a good bit of reading and research, I wanted to build my own 445nm laser. Purchased one of jib77 1.3A driver boards(Thank you!), and one of DRT's LD(Thank you as well). I would also like to thank all of the folks who take the time to explain their builds and experiences.
There may be some here that recognize some of the host's features. The head/heat sink of this laser is solid aluminum, I used 8-32 set screws and AS-5 paste to secure the module. The bore for the module is .001in over for easy change out. I used some left over HS from an aftermarket video card cooler for the driver, I plan on changing those out to something a bit more permanent in the future. I would take pictures of the inside but I was excited that I did not LED this diode . I tried to put a decent polish on it before taking pictures, most of the parts were seconds from a recent production run, I did my best . I may just take it apart and send it out to our chrome shop. The switch is a 2A@48VDC momentary, pretty beefy . How do you guys get such beautiful beam shots? I am looking forward to receiving the LaserBee 2.5W USB LPM soon. I am very curious as to what this is putting out.
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WOW, you made that by yourself?
I vote this for most impressive first build!
You could give some of the veterans here a run for their money.

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Yup, machined it this afternoon. I kinda have a head start, I already manufacture "other" types of devices





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That's awesome, especially for a first build!
I really like how you set it up for 2x 18650 or 2x cr123

I hope you have some safety glasses! If not you really need to get some before you use that thing too much.
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Yes, this is an extremely incredible first build! Props to you my friend
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That's awesome, especially for a first build!
I really like how you set it up for 2x 18650 or 2x cr123

I hope you have some safety glasses! If not you really need to get some before you use that thing too much.
I do, have a couple pair in fact. I like my eyes just the way they are
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Hey man, where you located at in ohio? I live in ashland, kentucky. Ever heard of it? It's in the tristate area, 20 minutes from huntington wv, or marshall college.
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Hey man, where you located at in ohio? I live in ashland, kentucky. Ever heard of it? It's in the tristate area, 20 minutes from huntington wv, or marshall college.
Just east of Columbus, in a town called Newark. I have been through Ashland.
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And I've been through newark.

I would love to have a laser enthusiasts meet. I found someone else on here that lives in huntington, maybe we could find like 10 people within the summer and have a laser meet.


I have some pretty cool stuff.... A 2W 445, did have a 473nm but sold it today, working on a 175mW 635nm, an 820mW 12x 405, and gonna buy a 300mW jetlasers green soon.
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And I've been through newark.

I would love to have a laser enthusiasts meet. I found someone else on here that lives in huntington, maybe we could find like 10 people within the summer and have a laser meet.


I have some pretty cool stuff.... A 2W 445, did have a 473nm but sold it today, working on a 175mW 635nm, an 820mW 12x 405, and gonna buy a 300mW jetlasers green soon.
I am a bit sceered to try to get this one up to 2W, what mA you running it at. I think my heatsink is large enough to keep it cool for a bit. I have another jib driver, wonder if I could run 2 in parallel.....

A meet, yes I would travel to do someting like that. We have meet ups for another community(nothing to do with lasers or light) that I am more well known in

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you can buy his 1.8A version..
but you need a very efficient diode to get 2W
but then you would need to use 2 18650's

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I think I will pick one or two up from him soon, will wait till I get my LPM in first. Ever use the 1W 445nm LD from boblaser? Do you know if they are any good?
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just buy one from DTR?
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I know, just being curious
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don't buy from boblaser.

every 445 diode you will ever need you need to buy from DTR and daguin, help support our community, and they will not f you over like boblaser or some other shady sites would.
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every 445 diode you will ever need you need to buy from DTR and daguin, help support our community, and they will not f you over like boblaser or some other shady sites would.
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