Norm's Homemade Laser Show
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December 28, 2009
 


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A FEW LINKS OF INTEREST:

 

ChaN :  Of course, the master mind behind the galvo project
http://elm-chan.org/works/vlp/report_e.html
and his BBS :
http://elm-chan.org/bbs/?lang=en

Two great sources of semiconductor datasheets:
http://datasheetarchive.com

Also,
http://alldatasheet.com/

SpeedyPCB:
SpeedyPCB  The guy working there who will provide your quotation is named Tim and he is very cool and friendly.

Sam's Laser FAQ
http://www.repairfaq.org/sam/lasersam.htm
This is THE spot on internet where I get most of the information I want.  If you have a question, start here!

Also, one of the greatest feature, is the local installation of the files on your machine, if you want to work offline.

Bill Lu
email : luxuebiao@yahoo.ca
This guy is an engineer who created a set of galvos that can compete with the well renown Cambridge Technologies' CT6800HP at a competitive price.  He has the whole kit - galvos, amps, power supply.   Go ask him about it and tell him Norm sent you!

Hilbren, he has already made a moving coil galvo :
http://home.hccnet.nl/g.c.van.doorn/hilbren/laser.htm

Super Magnet Man, (aka George Mizzell), who has provided me with custom magnets for the galvos :
http://www.engconcepts.net/List_Of_Cylinder_Magnets.asp

Calibra301 :  This guy has a great page and offers very cool free software
http://www.mylaserpage.de/

Jeroen, who has made CAD drawings of his galvo "in the planning" :
http://home.student.utwente.nl/j.vandezand/laser/galvo.jpg
http://home.student.utwente.nl/j.vandezand/laser/galvo2.jpg

Tobias, a student who undertakes a new challenge, inspired from Chan, and this site.  Check for "Variante 1"
www.powerpuetz.de

LaserBoy , This multi talented guy named James Lehman has the coolest homemade laser show ever!  It has full color and nice General Scanning galvos. - HIGH SPEED Pro stuff.
http://www.akrobiz.com/laserboy/
Also take time to check his site - impressive artsy too.
http://www.akrobiz.com

Diane, quite an accomplished lady.  The first female laserist ever!  (at least to my knowledge)   Believe it or not, she builds lasers as a hobby...  and we are not talking about hooking up a power supply to a HeNe tube here.   This is very high tech and complex stuff.
http://www.geocities.com/diane_va/laser/index_E.html

LaserFX, Tons of important information, like how to calibrate your laser system.
http://www.laserfx.com/Backstage.LaserFX.com/Systems/Scanning3.html

Bertie Genade's home page.    Has an interesting system that he built himself from scratch.  It uses open loop scanners with a current feedback to emulate closed loop.  Can do both steering and blanking.
http://mysite.mweb.co.za/residents/cyb00746/laser/index.html
Also, if you dig his site you will find many other cool projects.

Robin has a great site, with tons of info on lasers, galvos, and other resources.
www.linux-laser.org

Jason Cobham  has built a galvo pair and is probably about to fire them up.  Go see his pictures.
Jason's Galvos

Francois Dubrulle  Quite a cool guy from France, and very knowledgeable.  Developing the FALCON galvo, which seems very promising and original.  You will find a lot of interesting theory there, and calculations too.
Francois Dubrulle

Curt
Has created a cool device to display patterns that follow music.  Go see that.
www.musicalaser.com

Rick Poulin
He's a really cool fellow who lives near me in Ottawa.  We've become good friends, and he comes over to my home once in a while to help me with some projects and share ideas, tools, etc.  He wrote a nice book on lasers, and you will find useful information there, plus lots of ideas and tips on how to build projectors.  I strongly recommend that you buy it - the value is great.  It's an electronic copy that you can download from his website.  Check it out here:
http://www.sniffinfo.com