Also, I'm going to use a 2W 445nm diode.
I know that is an extremely powerful laser for a beginner, but I've taken my time to research safety, including buying eagle pair glasses.
I've been watching his videos for about 4 years now, and I've always loved them, but I only decided I would actually try to make one a couple of days ago, I hope he responds, cause ima massive fan of him.Anything from Styropyro is good, he's a member here. Perhaps he'll chime in.
I know, but I honestly wanted to try to assemble one myself from scrap parts, kinda to familiarize myself with basic electronics.Making a laser diode function is just a matter of connecting a + and - wire from a driver to it---extremely easy about the same as making a light bulb work--just connect appropriate power source to it.
You are not making a laser really just assembling the peripherals to suit-- a driver, a housing, a heat sink or whatever depending on what form factor host you want, how much run time, battery or AC transformer powered and so on for your purpose etc.
Keep in mind you can buy a complete 2000mW 445/450nm unit on eBay for $45-$50 including shipping these days so...
Good luck with that.I know, but I honestly wanted to try to assemble one myself from scrap parts, kinda to familiarize myself with basic electronics.
Seconded, start out with cheaper diodes. Diodes are easy to kill and you'll make some mistakes when you're starting out. Nothing to do with your age, I'd tell anyone to start off with cheaper diodes until they have some practice. Your wallet will thank you.Considering your age and the lack of experience that comes with it, you will likely lose diodes on your way to building your own. For that reason it would be better to restrict your endeavors to the least expensive diodes until you become more familiar with the necessary precautions needed when putting these things together.
I'm not trying to slam you, just trying to give you some valuable advice. How much actual building of anything electronic have you done so far? It takes time to learn this stuff and failures are the main way we learn.