Just had time to try taking some "beam shots"..............I really need a decent camera....and a decent cameraman. Which I'm definitely not! The pictures are so bad I'm embarrassed to show them, so I'll wait until I can get better pictures.
I'm going to start tests in a week. But to start with, I will be using the 3.5W 450nm Laser Diode NDB7A75. If it works out, I'll swap it out for the 6W+ NUBM44 450nm Laser Diode..... And keep my fingers crossed.....and out of the beam path! Ed.
Hello. Yes, I machined the interior pockets for the component assemblies and used an angle grinder to rough out the shape, then finished it with a set of files, then different grades of sand paper. It's made out of billet 70/76/T6 aluminum. Ed.