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johnny

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Stumbled across this site today while searching for more info on home-brew lasers and such, caught the bug after watching a kipkay video yesterday(Yes, I'm aware his tutorial is a no-no).  Instantly ran to my nearest PC shop and got 3 broken dvd writers(free!) to use for their lasers.  Been toying around with those and some rechargeable AA batteries for about 4-5 hours now, successfully burned some electrical tape!

I ended up finding an open-can red laser diode in one of the drives I tossed, luckily I looked through all that stuff again before it made its final trip to the garbage can. I did a quick function test to make sure it worked, then put it in a little sealed container to keep it safe since I hear these open-can diodes are the better ones, and because it has decent length posts on it which would be perfect for me to use on my first build. Just gotta read some tutorials, maybe order a few odds and ends, and I should be ready to play with my new laser. Already have various tools needed, a solder station, solder, solder vacs, etc. I use to modify Honda and Acura ECUs for tuning purposes, so I got the basics down for soldering and such. ;)
 

T_Warne

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Hello Johnny,

     welcome to LPF. This is a great place to learn about  DIY lasers.  There is a wealth of information to be found here if you are willing to look for it.

    The forum search function is adequate but limits you to just 40 results.
http://www.laserpointerforums.com/forums/YaBB.pl?action=search

     A member by the name of Randomlugia came up with a better way to search LPF using Google. Look here to find out how it is done.
 http://www.laserpointerforums.com/forums/YaBB.pl?num=1235274502

     If you really get stuck and can not find what you need, someone will usually point you in the right direction... but do yourself a favor and be sure to do your homework first.

Good luck and have fun!  
TW
 




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