DIY pocket laser engraver


Photon printer, a 3D printable laser engraver build using DVD drives by Isolt:

This is an entry for the Light It Up contest on the grounds that a laser diode is a specialised form on light emitting diode.
The Photon Printer started out as a quick weekend project then quickly escalated when I saw that there was room for improvement in the current designs. The design turned out to be quite fun and I really enjoyed seeing it work at the end.

Details at Isolt’s Thingiverse page.

Via Technabob.

Check out the video after the break.

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  1. Awesome, another DIY laser project. No cover. Is everyone so blasé about the safety of their retinas? Or the retinas of people around them? Hmmm…

    1. What do you mean no cover? It has a nicely made cover. You didn’t get far enough into the video. Unless you’re only upset that it wasn’t used for most of the video…

    2. Well, Isolt’s Thingiverse page specifically mentions the following:

      Safety – None of the designs I have seen have any sort of shielding around the laser. Given that even a 5mW diode can be dangerous any sort of engraver should have safety features. These include
      • A full enclosure to block reflected laser light
      • Roller door access
      • Safety cut off switch on door
      • Angled ventilation to prevent light leakage

      …not so blasé, i would say :)

  2. Video is nice; why can’t people SPEAK during the video. The how, what, when, where of what we are watching. It’s truly dissapointing to see and not hear. Sad, really sad.

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