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IsaacT

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Build Thread for New Host Design

Part 1:

As many of you may know from my host design contest not long ago, I have been trying to come
up with or find a design for a host that looked very aesthetically pleasing. This is imperative
for me because in my opinion the beam isn't everything. It is a large part of what addicts me to
this hobby, but an even bigger part is creating unique works that look as stylish as the
photons exiting the aperture.

Over the course of the host contest, I finally started to feel the creative spark again so I went out
and got some graph paper and went to work. One of the big things that I hate about typical hosts:

Bulky Design
Focus Adapter Wobble
Too Much Finning


I wanted something simple, elegant, and yet very workable. So I drew up the following designs.

Battery Tube and Tailcap:



The Front: Side View and Front View:



Brand New Focus Adapter Design by Yours Truly! :) I am very excited about this one!



Explanation of new Focus Adapter Design. The way I envisioned this design was that there would
be a disc like you might normally have, however there would be a circular wall of metal extending
back such that it slides into a closely machined trench in the front of the host. Ideally, this
results in a focus adapter that has no room to wobble AS WELL AS remove the aestheic blight
of actually having to see the lens barrel. With this design I hoped to improve the continuity of my
host and have a single metal look to it.


As many of you also know, I am NOT a machinist. So I didn't know how much of my designs were even feasible. :eek:

In steps Ehgemus. This guy has been my go to guy for hosts since I joined pretty much. I remember
the first custom host I got was one of his and I haven't been able to resist them since. As per usual
with my designs I forwarded them to him with a very brief 'is this possible?'

I had picked out a side clicky switch and sent him a link to it. One of my biggest wishes was to
have a side clicky host that had an LED ring around it. Here is a link to the one I found on eBay: HERE.

My original designs called for a dual 18650 battery tube, but at the Ehgemus' suggestion, I went for
a dual 18350 battery tube instead. The resulting proportions turned out extremely well, and
as usual I give a HUGE thanks to Ehgemus for his quick work and expertise in helping me bring my
vision into being.

Only other thing that turned out different than I thought it would was the switch. I didn't realize
it at the time, but the switch was actually a momentary on switch. So that is not terrible but definitely
something worth noting. Makes me wonder if I should use a low powered single mode or a high
powered multimode like I had originally considered.

Picture Time? I Think So!!!





























As you can see in the above pictures, the fabrication went amazingly well and as usual Ehgemus delivered
a high quality host and somehow managed to understand my rudimentary drawings to figure out
what I wanted.
:worthy:

Build Portion aka Part 2:

It is on the way, waiting on a driver I need to order. Diode will most likely be a high wavelength 9mm
binned by ARG. Then again, at any moment I may change my mind and buy a single mode 445.


 

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That is just one awesome host! Next make you and I a sonic screwdriver host!
 

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Classy is indeed the word. Wow. Very impressive. +rep

Can you say more about how the side clicky (or momentary) button is secured? It looks like there's just a nut on the inside of the host, but is that it? How does the flat nut sit against the curved interior of the host? That must have taken some machining. I'd be curious to see a close up pic of the hole without the switch in it.
 
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Very nice build and review +5 when it will let me :gj:

Yes please say more about your cool switch set up :yh:
 

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I am very impressed at the product of this seamless collaboration between yourself and Eghemus. Someday I will have to own an Eghemus host to see his craftsmanship for myself.

Looking forward to the build thread portion :beer:
 

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That's one fine looking host sir! :D
Ehgemus did an outstanding job in transforming your sketches into reality.
Nice touch with the LED switch, too bad it's only momentary.
:gj: rep when I can.
 

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Can't rep you because I'm on my phone...only one question: When can I get one? :D but seriously, are you two planning on making more?
 

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Thanks for all the kind words guys, they mean more than you know :)

Crazyspaz: Once I work out the kinks with this one and see what flaws lie in my design waiting to be noticed I may see about having a limited run of 5 made. Those I would make into whatever setup people wanted most. The switch would be clicky as long as I could find one and the LEDs would match the wavelength. One thing I am curious about, for example, is how my alignment sleeve might reduce duty cycle. If it is too detrimental, I will be going back to the drawing board to see where I can improve.

In regards to the LED switch, I will see if I can get a good explanation for you guys soon. I know it is a 12mm hole but I'm not sure if it was threaded in or if it slid in and was secured by a nut below.
 

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The lighting in the pics makes it almost look titanium :) pretty cool. And actually, this reminds me of a more modern/futuristic cni PGL-III-A Host.
 

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Kinda reminds of the old classic Kryton smoothie with a side switch.
Nice looking host , am looking forward to the build review with maybe a high
powered diode.
 




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