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KapHn8d

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I finished my first laser project today. No longer a virgin and my photon-hormones are ready for another, more challenging endeavor.

I wanted to gift a laser to a life-long friend with a birthday coming up, so I thought I would build him one and since it was my first ever attempt, it would either make the sentiment extra special or go terribly wrong... but worth a shot, no?

His favorite laser "color" was blue (from previous discreet conversation), so I ordered a 450nm diode and driver from DTR's laser shop. I went with the Osram because I wanted to keep the power lower for longer duty cycles and less eye hazard (he's getting goggles with his gift). I ordered a host, drilled pill, and battery contact board from Survival Laser. The entire assembly went fairly smooth for me except for having to drill 2 holes in the contact board and bridge the positive and negative leads to the appropriate contacts on the battery facing side (I'm a n00b and didn't catch that at first). I ended up making a little blob of solder in the center section of the contact board for connection with the 18650 flat top when inserted.

Overall, I think it'll be a nice laser for him and I'll always remember my first. I bought a few diodes and modules from wannaburnstuff's clearance this past week and a set of presses/extractors and another host from flaminpyro before he went on vacation. I'm not sure if I'll go that route just yet... kinda intimidated by setting the driver just yet. I have one of Jufran88's selectable test loads on the way, so I'll likely wait for that... but I'm open to suggestions.

Anyhoo... here's the LPM and a couple of pics. My iPhone camera flash went off trying to take a beam shot, but it looked cool enough to keep (the color is very blue with the flash).

Cheers!



 

ultimatekaiser

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Nice laser. Thinking of doing something like this in an A8 host shortly, if I can dredge up some extra cash. Thanks for sharing!
 

KapHn8d

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Thanks, y'all! I appreciate the kind words and feedback. I can only hope to one day be able to really make some creative projects like some of the folks around here. Baby steps... :)

Cheers! :beer:
 

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nice, and single mode too. I think I gotta get me one of those, eventually.
 

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I see its at 1mW are those shots with a long exposure?
whats next 473 or 488 :pop:
FlaminPyro is da' man I picked up a slick focus ring, and as a result my finger tips are less crispy

Achievement: Laser builder!

+rep sir


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There I go skimming again... now that I flexed that muscle in my skull a little harder I realize its a good ~200mw
-hehe, ohh boy
 
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KapHn8d

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Bacon, It's 190-ish mW. The shots are all quick snaps with a little squirt of fog... No long exposure. The cool deep blue is b/c the flash went off.

You see 1mW b/c hats the minimum during the 5min LPF run... ie. when I turned it on.

-c
 

KapHn8d

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Haha... well, my first build was going to be a red laser, but my buddy mentioned his favorite laser color was blue, so since it was a birthday gift, I changed my mind.

Other than that reason thought, maybe blue diodes are cheaper? I don't know.

:)

For some reason ,everyone's first laser is always blue
:p
 

hakzaw1

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Very well done!! great pics -- Such a nice B-Day gift-- remind me to remind you about my next Birthday--LOL J/K. +3 when I can.
@ EpicH-- very true now- but ..most lost thier virginity on a red laser back before the blue diodes or a PHR 405 when they first came out.

hk
 

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Very well done!! great pics -- Such a nice B-Day gift-- remind me to remind you about my next Birthday--LOL J/K. +3 when I can.
@ EpicH-- very true now- but ..most lost thier virginity on a red laser back before the blue diodes or a PHR 405 when they first came out.

hk
As an old man once said.
Just the tip doesn't count. :D

It has to be 500mW + to count as a ride to the other end
 
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