Laser Resources, Let’s Build

First of all, let me say that dealing with LASERS is serious business.  I have an old sign that was copied from a laser company ad that says; Dang!!! do not look into laser with remaining eye.  A LASER, even a low power one, can blind you and you don’t get  a second chance with blindness. Always wear eye protection with correctly tinted lenses when working with lasers.

That part over with, let’s get started.

I’m going to start with this post I did a while back describing the history of lasers and how they work.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/what-is-a-laser/

Perhaps the best practical stuff I’ve been able to find so far is this site. It covers just about all the stuff a beginning maker needs to know about lasers. The depth covered and the completeness of the site make an excellent guide for those looking to play with lasers.

http://www.repairfaq.org/sam/lasersam.htm

Here’s some other links.

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics.

http://spie.org/

Here are the two most common free magazines for optics and lasers

http://www.photonics.com/

http://www.laserfocusworld.com/index.html

I’m starting an optics vendor list.  I will update and add to it as I find sites.

http://www.edmundoptics.com/

https://www.newport.com/c/optics

http://mellesgriot.com/

http://www.jmloptical.com/

That’s it for now.  I will keep this updated with new resources.

Update:

Some DIY laser cutter sites:

http://www.lasersaur.com/

http://www.instructables.com/id/Laser-cutter-start-slicing-stuff-for-under-50-dol/

 

 

http://makezine.com/2010/04/13/diy-40w-laser-cutter/

http://www.buildlog.net/cnc_laser/index.php

http://lifehacker.com/build-your-own-arduino-powered-laser-cutter-1556217144

http://mr-beam.org/

DIY Laser Cutter

http://blacktoothlaser.blogspot.com/

https://buildyourcnc.com/

http://odicforce.com/Background-and-Projects/Page-/-Category

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_cutting

My general book list.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/a-makers-and-engineering-bookshelf/

The Let’s Build Series.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/tag/lets-build/

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