- May 16, 2015
Hello, my name is Taylor, and I am quite new(3ish months) to the DIY laser world. I am in automotive quality, and part of my responsibilities include quality of seat rails welded by 4kW Trumpf lasers. It's fascinating to watch an invisible beam fuse metal, but it's not actually what got me into the DIY laser scene. That would be the infamous, INCREDIBLY overrated SD 303 laser. My wife got it as a cheap($16) gift. Cool to play with at night, but nothing special. Without it, however, I would likely not be here at LPF today. As of today, I've built 4 or 5 ~2.5 watt 445nm lasers based on Rick Trent's small Ultrafire heatsink, two different ~3.5 watt 445nm lasers, and the latest 445nm(Rick Trent module already assembled, I just put it in an MX900 host) which hit 6.05+ watts on an Ophir LPM with a G2 lens. I just ordered the components for my first 520nm(PLP520-B1) build. Hoping to get 200 or 250mW, but mainly a pretty, tight beam, out of it. If you have any advice, feel free to throw it my way! Thanks for all the help you've already unknowingly provided! I look forward to growing in the laser world with everyone!