- Feb 18, 2014
No one is debating that there are no other RETAIL alternatives. ... There are other builders here that can probably pull it off too. Or try it yourself. It maybe be difficult to get the alignment right but the actual work to set it up is easy. And none of these other alternatives should cost you close to $400.
I still find it difficult to believe their isn't another RETAIL option. Maybe from some "not-so-well-known" company? How can WL have something so unique? They are big on cosmetic uniqueness, but generally not what I would call "innovative" with the guts of their products. And Chinese companies copy each other all the time. So it doesn't make sense to me that WL is the ONLY source for a high power 635nm with beam correction.
But as for a custom build... If custom builds with corrective optics were easy or cheap, they'd be common. You'd see builders (and manufacturers) doing it all the time.
The parts for a standard build with machined host are about $250. That leaves $150 budget for someone to develop/design the optics, buy the lenses, prototype and test the optics, and the additional costs (beyond a standard machined host) for a one-off design/build to hold those optics. All that for $150? Are the optics designer and builder supposed to donate their time to my build? Are the lenses free?
I'm trying to believe. I want to believe. But the facts just don't support it. You might as well be asking me to....
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