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LewDude

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Hi all!
I recently destroyed some of my old Xmas laser projectors to see what was inside. They were Prime Laser Light Projectors - some can be found on clearance (frys = https://www.frys.com/product/8790931?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG) for $20 - however, these have the red and green modules pointed out of the machine in parallel. Adding a dichromatic x cube prism or single dichroic filter could be done... BUT I came across a different G/R laser projector that was almost completely ready to be modded : (Fry's Link) https://www.frys.com/product/8988143?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG.

Compared to the Prime units - they are cheaper, have less parts (1 less diffraction grating filter, no cooling fan, etc.), but I liked the way the modules were nearly already aligned to mix our red and green!

IMAG3081 by Lewie Wilkinson, on Flickr

A quick look inside the projector head:
IMAG2983 by Lewie Wilkinson, on Flickr

Essentially, the Red and Green beams hit in the same "Y-Axis" position, just a couple-few millimeters apart from each other on the "X-Axis" within the dichroic filter. So - I see there being 2 options to make them blend:
1) Reposition the filter
2) Adjust the laser modules

I honestly do not know if option 1 would have been easier -but this needs to be very precise, and I felt option 2 would provide more 'fine tuning' in the end. I might try this again using option 1 at some point...¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I swapped the red module with a LG 24x DVD burner diode/Aixiz module and new driver to brighten up the red output.

Some wooden blocks / shims and glue - and we have a yellow beam for 20 bucks (+ cost of Red module). A few more pics for fun:

IMAG2975 by Lewie Wilkinson, on Flickr

IMAG2988 by Lewie Wilkinson, on Flickr

IMAG3070 by Lewie Wilkinson, on Flickr

IMAG3071 by Lewie Wilkinson, on Flickr

IMAG3078 by Lewie Wilkinson, on Flickr
 

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very nice and cheap indeed,btw is it normal for that much green light lose to the side of optics?
 

LewDude

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very nice and cheap indeed,btw is it normal for that much green light lose to the side of optics?
Great point...and could possibly lend to option 1 (moving the lens as opposed to 'aiming' the modules) being the better option?? As not only did I adjust the direction of the red module, I also adjusted the green - and if its not hitting the lens at 45 degrees - that could create more of that undesired reflection (loss) ? Someone keep me honest here, please :D
 

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Great point...and could possibly lend to option 1 (moving the lens as opposed to 'aiming' the modules) being the better option?? As not only did I adjust the direction of the red module, I also adjusted the green - and if its not hitting the lens at 45 degrees - that could create more of that undesired reflection (loss) ? Someone keep me honest here, please :D

Dichros are usually designed for 45° angles, at least for our applications. That said, a few degrees either way shouldn't increases losses all that much.
 




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