I've got a couple of your hosts i've still to anodize & feature from some time back.. just need the distilled water now & some practice on scrap.
Got 25L of sulphuric acid, Sodium hydroxide, Black/Blue/Gold powder dyes.. just red to get now & a bag of bicarb incase of spillage
need to find out if the dyes I got can be mixed eg: gold and blue for a green effect n' maybe red & gold for an orange(ish) dye.
I got a pot of rubber latex paint off eBay too so I can mask the pre-installed switch and threads before submerging in chemical's.
Is that JB weld you used to mount the clicky switch?
Ile ask if you can build one without gluing in the switch next time to make anodizing your hosts simpler, Hopefully things will still go to plan with the latex.
atm I'm polishing mine up with autosol which works a dream at getting out those tiny surface scratches & gives a deep constant shine.
During my research I discovered DrLava did some anodizing & a write up on anodizing some time back which was an interesting read in the old archives.
Kevlar your new host looks awesome and that center wire is what Im currently sorting out with an m3 solderable wire tab rivited to a cut down plastic disc & spring.
cutting the plastic discs out of rod lengths is proving hard atm as I need a square block up to the saw fence with same dia hole as the rod to firmly hold the rod steady while cross cutting out the desired length discs.
without this the rods slip & rotate on the smooth alloy saw bed so getting all this pre-made was huge bonus.
Ok, everyone that was looking for anodizing I found out some info. Basically its not worth it for single units. In order for it to be reasonable, the more units the better because both companies I checked with have minimums.
Poly Metal Finishing
Website here: Poly-Metal Finishing Inc. Aluminum Anodizing Specialists
They do both Type II & Type III anodizing.
Colors: Black, Clear, Red, Green, Blue
Type II minimum: $75; Type III minimum $85. So 1 unit would be $85 but so would 20 units, at least thats what they told me.
Website: Electroplating Services - Military & Aerospace Industries Vendor
These guys are a lot more expensive so I would go with company #1.
They do Type II & Type III but the minimum is $150.00 for Type III for black and $135.00 for clear (yes, they only do black and clear)
Type II minimum is $75.00 for black and $70.00 for clear.
So again, its only worth it if this is done in bulk by Ehgemus or if someone wants to get a GB together then it would be reasonable.
There is a scientific channel on youtube called "nurdrage". One of their viedos is how to anodize a silver bar. Other viedos they made earlier show how to make the chemicals needed from house hold or easliy obtainable chemicals. I would suggest trying a few dozen times with scrap pieces of aluminum before anodizing your laser case in order to get the concept down. Researhcing electrochemistry and electroplating is also helpfull. I understand electroplating well enough to plate metal objects in copper if anyone would like i could do that for them or I could explain the chemistry to anyone who would like to do it themselves.
Btw those are awesome lasers and at that price it's unbeatable.
Honestly I don't know why people make flashlight into lasers when there are guys like Harold that can hook you up immensely!!!
Think about it
The flashlight ~10-15 bucks
Custom heatsink ~20-30 bucks
Aixiz Module ~ 3-5 bucks
It'll be about 40 bucks all in all. And you'll have a cheap DX clicky and often times gritty threads too.
Now behold this beauty:
42 bucks shipped!!!
WOW!!! You'll get a beautifully polished host exactly how you want it, with a focusing ring, and a 120VAC 3A quality clicky, with smooth threads, direct press diode for better heatsinking, all for about the same price.