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My First Laser Build

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After looking at the Blu-ray phaser some months back I decided to do something similar with an old NES light gun as my host. I've finally finished it and thought I would show the first few pictures of the build. I still have to improve the battery mount inside so I've only got some pictures of the outside and a few beam shots. Pictures are with my Droid so there not as good as they could be. Hope to get more pictures with a real camera later. I used a 6x blu-ray diode with a Micro Flex Driver set to 145ma output. I do not have a LPM so not sure of the mw output of the laser. Powered by 1 CR123A battery. Hope you guys like.
 

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Thanks. Looks like I may be close to a few changes as there is no easy way to get the laser where its mounted to do any focusing. I may be moving it closer to the end or I may have to make it a sawed off pistol. :)
I think if I move the aixiz module up I should be able to change to an 18650 from the CR123A battery as well, still not sure about doing the battery change. Hopefully in the next few weeks I will have everything done and will post some internal pictures as well.
Aaron
 

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Very cool thats the first Nintendo laser gun I have seen we need more !
what flavor of gum did you use to hold the wires in place
I wonder did they ever make this model with a chrome finish ? now that would be a sight to see !
Try leaving on a light when you take the picture so we can see where the beam is comming from, the gun and use a little smoke in the room so we can see the beam and not just the dot on the wall ;)
Have fun be safe :)
 

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@vivioo7 - Thanks.
@Flaminpyro - Thanks. I thought the phaser was cool but am not a huge Star Trek fan and wanted to do something that pertained more to me and being a Nintendo fan I couldn't resist using the old light gun. I will get more pictures in light, although when reassembling it I had a soldering mishap and killed my driver, so when my new one gets here I will get some. The yellow stuff holding the wires down is the putty for holding posters, etc. to walls. I plan on finding another way to hold them in place but you use what is available at the time. :D

Aaron
 

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Hot glue works for holding the wiring. Just not on the diode module or driver.. or anything else that gets hot, really.
 

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Nintendo Zapper Beam Shots

Okay, so I got my new driver today from O-like and got it installed and now have some new pictures. Beam shots with smoke were asked for, so I dug out my fogger from halloween a few years back and actually put it to work. The new driver is running at 140mA as that is all I can get it to output but the diode was a 6x so it's a good place to use it. Hopefully the other driver will be better. Anyways on to the pictures. Enjoy.
 

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Retro time, third-person-perspective - Game Over. :D
 
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Not bad for your first build. No heat sink? Is it a Sf or a GGW diode? Just so you know your 6x can handle more current safely 170mA is fine for a 6x, Just want to give you a heads up, Whats the point of a phaser if its not as up to par as it could be.
BTW glue and laser building is a big no no , You said you were letting the glue dry and then you said it was sticky tack lol ....
Keep up the good work Bro!
-Sarge
 

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Thanks. There is a heat sink for the Aixiz module, it is a piece of aluminum that a little longer than the module that I drilled out so the module just fits into it. Didn't heat sink the driver, it's mainly for show so mostly short duty cycles but if I find something that fits into the tube easily enough that may change. The glue was only used to hold the battery holder into place, the plastic was too thin and I didn't want screws sticking out of the handle. The sticky tack was just to hold the wires in place in a few spots, didn't really have anything else at the time, my "lab" is the dining room table in my apartment that I use when I am working, as I live in west Michigan and work in east Michigan, so I missed a few things when I set it up initially and find out what when I need it and don't have it. The diode is only rated for 150mA and I have learned through my reading since the initial post that this is not a 6x, not sure why I thought it was a 6x but I know better now.
Thanks again, I have several more builds in mind although these will more for use than looks.

Aaron
 

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Thanks. Nope it's just a bare apartment I use when working, it's better than the hotel I could have spent last year in. Plus it's makes a great electronics/laser lab. :yh:


Aaron

That looks like a new house! haha is it?
anyway, great build!
 




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