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well, here's my history with lasers, if anyone acutally wants to know...

I'm just some kid, ya know, still in high school
but, I've always lasers were just the coolest things. I even did my physics report about different types of lasers, and such
a few years back, I found wickedlasers, as well as novalasers and optonotrics, but everything was so expensive: far too much for a high school student. I just figured that any high powered laser would cost that much. I ended up buying the 5mW core for wickedlasers, though
Then, not to long ago, I found out that it was possible to build your own with a diode from an xbox or dvd burner!! I whipped out my cheap soldering iron from radioshack and made a current driver from some schematic i found on the 'net (the ddl driver, as it's called here, but without reverse current protection and such: just the bare minimum) and made one in a project box with what I believe is a phr (not sure, but, based off of descriptions here, it sure sounds like one). I found this site somehow soon after, and was glad cuz y'all sure know your stuff! I made a cheapo spiro from stuff i had laying around, too.

i'm not the most knowledgeable in this area. I mean, I'm still in high school! However, I really want to stick around and make this into a hobby, not just one of those dudes that come in to make a burning laser, then leave for good. I have plans for my next two lasers, one from an lpc in an altoids tin, and the other from an sf-aw210 in a flashlight host (i'll have to buy a flexdrive for that one, though...). It doesn't seem like much use the sf-aw210, but i'm not sure why....

Anyway, thanks for all the help i've gotten so far. I hope that i'll be able to start contributing sometime, although that may be pretty far off
 




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