Old 08-15-2012, 09:50 AM #1
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Default Looking to build my first laser (need help)

Hey LPF,
First off I would like to start out by saying that I am fascinated with lasers, I own a 75mW 532nm Viper from dragonlasers and I have had it for over a year now. Recently I have become even more interested in laser and now I am waiting for my 1Watt 445nm Spartan (along with the safety glasses) from dragonlasers to come in the mail.

After I get used to owning a high powered laser, I would really love to be able to start building my own lasers as I feel that It will make the whole laser experience even more fun. Only problem is, is that I have never done it before so I am completely new to this. I want to build a high powered 405nm laser from scratch
but have no idea where to begin. I mean I know the basics but not any details.

So I need the bare 405nm laser diode, an AixiZ Module, a host, a driver
Do I need a heatsink, or is the Module the same thing as a heat sink?
Which type of driver do I need for a 405nm? I want the laser to be handheld so I will need a battery pack aswell. How many volts will the laser need?
Do I need a lens aswell?

I would really appreciate if someone could help me out with these questions.
A link to a great video would be appreciated aswell.

I have also used the search function on this forum, but every post I find it looks like it's written in mathematical formula's to me. xD



P.S.
I saw styropyro's video of the 100mW green laser he built using the module from DX, but it looked like the whole driver+Module+diode was all wired together already and I would like to learn how to do that myself.
link to his video: DIY: How to Build a Burning Laser Without any Soldering!- YouTube


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Default Re: Looking to build my first laser (need help)

Everything (well nearly everything) you need or want to know will be either in this thread or a link off of this thread. Read it and the links at least twice through. That alone will tell you most of what you are looking for.

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