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Cool My first laser build - 445 *Pic heavy*

I'm pretty new here and I just wanted to share with you guys my first ever laser build.

First and foremost is SAFETY

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HOST:
Jayrob DIY solarforce gunmetal L2 kit
- It's an awesome host. Very high quality and solid/study.
- Goodies included: host heatsink and contact board, copper driver heatsink, new aixiz 405/455 glass lens.
- Jayrob told me it was the new 405/455 lens from aixiz















DIODE: A140
- Purchased from daguin
- in module with leads soldered



DRIVER: Micro FlexDrive v5
- Set to 1.5A
- I know very sloppy solder job but it works!



TEST LOAD: Custom
- I decided to go for a more professional look even though it was unnecessary.
- Credit goes to HIMNL9 for the design
- Kind of overkill I know
- Fabricated by pcb.laen.org
- Designed in Eagle
- I would recommend him if any one wants to get prototyped PCB. He charges $5/sq ft.
- 1 ohm metal oxide resistor 2% tolerance 5 watts
- 1N5404 3A diodes
- breakaway headers and jumper pins







BATTERY: LG 18650 unprotected
- Manufactured by LG Chem
- 2600 mAh
- Data sheet: Click here



WIRES: Silicone rubber insulated wires
- Purchased from Flaminpyro
- Awesome wires, very flexible, easily stripped by nails, it's wrapped in silicone



So that's pretty much all the components time for the actual build

BUILD:
First thing I did was attach the leads for the flexdrive then applied thermal adhesive on the copper heatsink, attached the flexdrive and let it set and cure. I set it back in the host.



With my tesload I set the current to 1.5A on the FlexDrive. It was difficult , but I eventually got it. Would have been easier with a bench PSU, maybe sometime in the future I'll get one.



In the picture it say 1.283V (1.283A) which was before I noticed the battery wasn't fully charged . It was the only picture I took because I got excited to finish my build. And also testing using a battery doesn't yield stable readings. It goes down fast when I connect it

After all that I soldered the remaining connections, made sure everyting was ok, put my goggles on and started lasing!



















Sorry for the crappy pictures. I'll post new ones when I get the chance. Also, I don't have an LPM yet, but I plan on making one soon so I can get output values.

Thank you to jayrob, daguin, flaminpyro, mohrenberg, DIMNL9 and everyone else for the parts and information. I have learned many things from this forum and I'll be continuing on building more lasers, etc.




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HelloooOOoooo Solarforce!!!!! ....my favorite host to date!! Good taste and nice job! Nice pictures too and many kudos for utilizing the best resources on the planet for your build +1
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Very nice! I really like this host.

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Thank you guys for the positive comments.

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Only top notch components used here.
That's the best looking testload I've ever seen!

Well done, dude. Doesn't it feel great, completing your first build?
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It feels very satisfying having done my first build

I did notice the beam was kind of dirty so I cleaned it with 91% isopropyl alcohol and the beam was more cleaner afterwards. Jayrob told me it was the new 405/445 lens but shouldn't it have an AR coating on it? and have 3 lens? It was only 2 lens when I took it out. I looked around the forums and most people have 3.
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Cool build +1 for you guy looin good !

So why are there 10 diodes on that test load ?
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Hi pyro! Thank you very much! No, just one laser diode. I know it's kind of overkill but I have jumper terminals to select how many diodes I need to simulate the Vf of the actual laser diode. I took the design made by HIMNL9 and just implemented it on PCB. In my thinking future diodes might need a higher Vf so instead of having just 4 or 6 mine is selectable from 2-10 with 3A max and save the hassle of creating another test load.
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Quite a nice build you did there... Especially for a first build!

About the lens. I got it from AixiZ the same as I always order them. So if it's different than before, then they must have changed something?? (or their suppliers)

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Thanks Jay! I really can't tell so I just bought some Aixiz 3 element AR coated lenses for reference and also for my next build
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Amazing job!

the end result seems very good.
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Very nice build +rep to see such a clean build and also good to point out safety.

I cant wait till I get my Solarforce host =) hopefully it ships soon, but I still need to wait till dr.lava gets more flex drives in >.< I guess someone on ebay bought him out (which is good for him bad for us) and he won;t prolly be gettin in anymore for about a month? I'm not sure how accurate that is though... anyways I'm excited for it... what 445nm diode did you use?
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The solarforce is an awesome host!

Dr. Lava has been pretty busy lately so I got a bare flexdrive from jayrob and the diode I used is an A140. Good luck on your build!
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Woa. Awesome build and sweet test load. I'd buy one if they were available. Nice job!
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I do have 2 boards left, but only enough parts for 1 complete test load. I had one problem with it and that was the drill sizes I used were all a bit tight on all of them. I had to force some of them down to get them to sit flush. I ended up wasting 3 diodes and some breakaway headers, but the resistor fits nicely. Not bad for my first prototype PCB, eh? If there is enough demand I would be willing to sell them, but not assembled because I don't have enough free time . I wouldn't want people getting mad if I don't ship on time. I can sell you one not assembled.
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Default Re: My first laser build - 445 *Pic heavy*

Wow NICE! especially for your first build! also very nice testload and finished product!

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