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C02 Laser on ATTF

Discussion in 'General Phlatprinter 3 Chat' started by dhc8guru, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. dhc8guru

    dhc8guru Member

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    I heard on the ATTF podcast some months back them mention in there news about a company that came out with an inexpensive hobby grade CO2 laser. I have searched back and can't find the episode. Internet search came up with nothing either.

    I guess what the big deal was is this laser was going to be very inexpensive, something like under a couple hundred bucks or something like that.

    If anyone remembers this episode and who the company was, I think it may be a possible solution to setting up the MK III with laser capabilities.
     
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    Man that would be cool. Hopefully someone remembers...
     
  3. AlphaGeek

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    It's possible to build a 25w CO2 assembly for the for about $1000 but the sites that really know lasers are very skeptical of the site that is *claiming* to be coming out with an inexpensive ($300-$500) hobby-grade C02.

    Peter+
     
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    Hi Guys,

    Although It is possible to build to build a small CO2 laser for under $1000 i think you would have to be prepared to source as many parts as possible such as mirrors, mounts and lens possibly 'second user'.

    I added a CO2 laser to my existing wood router, took a while to get all the parts together, some second user via ebay and some parts such as the PSU new from China but the tube, mirrors and mounts were from the US and lens from Israel.
    This would not be a project for the faint hearted as there are a number of dangers with fire being close to the top of the list however it can be done.

    If anyone is interested, there is some more information and details of my project here http://www.cooperman.talktalk.net/files/27.htm

    Tweakie.
     
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    FIRE!! We love fire, pyromaniacs we are!
     
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    :D :D

    I understand the joke but seriously, depending on the type of glue used, Liteply ignites almost instantly without air assist.
    Unless you are feeling very lucky lasers are never left unattended, even for a comfort break, when inflammable material is being cut.

    Tweakie.
     
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    After seeing your page, Tweakie, I made up my mind! It's too much work to get it done. For now I'll skip it. If there will be simple kit in the future I'll rethink my options. :D
     
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    A lot of work indeed. Knowing what I know now I could complete the task in half the time but that applies to everything I think. :D
    The diode type lasers are improving and coming down in price all the time, perhaps, one day, this may lead to a future project.

    Tweakie.
     
  9. dhc8guru

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    Wouldn't that be sweet watching my new Phlatprinter burn to the ground :x

    I
     
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    And possibly watch your home go with it ?

    Tweakie.
     
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    You know, I like fire,... I even like fire in my house... I just prefer it in a nice cozy fireplace instead of a $1000 machine...

    I think I'll avoid lasers and all there inherent risk untill a much later date. I know they can be done right, just my luck that I'd do it wrong...
     
  12. dhc8guru

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    I'm with ya...you know the old movie bit where the guy saws through the saw horse trying to cut some wood? I would be that guy only it would be the laser cutting the phlatprinter, table its sitting on and the concrete floor below in half. :shock:

    My wife and I just bought our house so I don't think setting it on fire would pull over well. I have even got onto my wife about leaving here laptop plugged in when know one is home. Look at Grand RC, a charging Drill lithium battery pack torched the new place.
     
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    I saw some 40w lasers with a power supply in the $500 range. Now I just need to do some research and planning to make it happen
     

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