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    Morning/afternoon/evening all. Well i thought iíd share some info & pictures on my projector build so far.
    History:
    Around 7 or 8 years ago i bought a 10mw (yes, 10mw!) projector that employed DMX protocol to control some really basic scanners (if you could call them that). Back then, it ran in auto mode as i could never get it to run properly using a Behringer LC2412 (instructions written in a cross between Swahili and machine code). I was initially really pleased with it. However, frustration soon set in and i yearned for more power and more control.
    Fast forward to present day.......
    A while ago i ordered some bits from Rob ĎThe Providerí Stanwax J with a view to starting the daunting task of building my own projector. And so, there they sat in boxes until the last UKLEM (8) where the old casing went to a new home. This gave me the impetus to begin my build. After a vast amount of help from Rob, iím at last getting there.

    This weekend i finally resized the mounting plate from the original 12Ēx12Ē to fit the new case and i must say itís a pretty good fit.
    The positioning is pretty much finalised and so tonight iíll begin tapping the holes....


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    Hey thats a smart looking case
    Great to see it progressing
    Rob
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    Default Update 21/06/10

    Update 21/06/10:
    Fabricated a new scanblock mount yesterday and i must say i'm rather pleased with it
    I just need to lop off a bit of the excess and drill/tap the mounting holes.

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    Cow-a-bunga dude!
    Looking mighty mega

    There is just one small thing missing: LASERS!

    But seriously, looks VERY smart. What will you be running in it when all said and done?
    Will expect it in full working order by the next Surfleet

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielbriggs View Post
    Cow-a-bunga dude!
    Looking mighty mega

    There is just one small thing missing: LASERS!

    But seriously, looks VERY smart. What will you be running in it when all said and done?
    Will expect it in full working order by the next Surfleet

    Dan
    Thanks buddy

    I've got a 300mW Laserwave 532 which i've been reliably informed is outputting around 440mW
    It's all going into a special case which should be ready and running by the next UKLEM.
    The plan is to finish tapping the rest of the holes for the laser, scanblock, flex mount and remaining amp then all that's left is alignment and wiring.

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    it may be a pain but leave the fixing of the flexmount til last, once the laser and scanners are mounted & wired get them mounted and apply power, run the laser in CW if you have to but better with some low level output then position the flex with mirror mounted and mark rady to drill & tap. This way you can be certain that the mount is in the right place.
    Also looking at the scanner block I would leave as is - dont think you will need to do any cropping, but I would put at least one more screw into it so both sides are fixed as these blocks are 2 piece so you will have better rigidity if you add one more screw.

    Rob
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    Quote Originally Posted by stanwax View Post
    it may be a pain but leave the fixing of the flexmount til last, once the laser and scanners are mounted & wired get them mounted and apply power, run the laser in CW if you have to but better with some low level output then position the flex with mirror mounted and mark rady to drill & tap. This way you can be certain that the mount is in the right place.
    Also looking at the scanner block I would leave as is - dont think you will need to do any cropping, but I would put at least one more screw into it so both sides are fixed as these blocks are 2 piece so you will have better rigidity if you add one more screw.

    Rob
    Will do mate, thanks for the info.:)
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    Quote Originally Posted by RGbee View Post
    Will do mate, thanks for the info.

    EDIT:
    Third mounting hole drilled, tapped and countersunk

    I've also generated scale Google SketchUp models of a Scanblock for the ScanPro 20Kpps Galvo's and
    LWG300mW. Iif anyone want's them, just give me a shout

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    A quick and dirty way to reduce power for setup without a DAC


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