Revisiting an old favorite hobby of mine.
Since I was a kid I have always love playing with light. About 10 years ago I built a huge custom laser system that was the culmination of everything I had learned up to that point. In total I have built about 15 individual systems, from “pocket sized” to last, 80 lb argon-HeNe tube laser system. In those days you couldn’t buy systems like that for less then $5k. Just one of my lasers alone was $800 on ebay used. Always short of money, I never was able to achieve the system I really wanted. A machine that was compact, cheap, powerful and the ability to draw acurite images was out of my reach… Until Now!
Don’t get confused. You can now buy a laser system on Ebay almost like this for about $600, about what I spent on all my parts. This was not a attempt to save money, make a better system or sell them in any way, I just love building these and Its always been in the back of my mind as a unfinished part of my life. To see more or my past laser projects click the “Lasers” category from the right menu. Unfortunately, not all my laser systems are on here. I started making them in the early 90’s when the first affordable pen lasers came out and not a lot of photos were taken of my projects as a kid or teen, but there are some great shots. I did my best to capture everything from this project as you will see below.