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    Wanted to share this in case anyone is interested and has a 3d printer.

    Found this on my search for cheap optical lens holders and thought it could be worth sharing. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021...chemed.7b00480

    I actually used this for my laser. Still tweaking it howerver because it does not like smaller lens sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdavis7765 View Post
    Wanted to share this in case anyone is interested and has a 3d printer.

    Found this on my search for cheap optical lens holders and thought it could be worth sharing. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021...chemed.7b00480

    I actually used this for my laser. Still tweaking it howerver because it does not like smaller lens sizes.
    You could always 3d print lens cells for the smaller lenses...
    "There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun." Pablo Picasso

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserist View Post
    You could always 3d print lens cells for the smaller lenses...
    That had crossed my mind at one point however some of these require a good deal of space to use them in my laser chassis. Learning to use a CAD program like fusion 360 is adding a good bit of learning on top of laser optics.

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    Ive 3D printed mirror holders or raising plates in the past but plastic (especially thermo plastics) are not a great material in optical systems where temps can fluctuate.. however resin print should do the job!

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    I have some nice stratsys printers. Can print in most materials. If you have a model and pay the cost Iíll print and ship to you. Likely much less than shapeways or such. My limit is 0.1mm so not super tight tolerance.

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    It occurred to me that you might be interested in these:

    https://www.mcmaster.com/threaded-in...for-plastic-7/

    I use a soldering iron to set them in place.
    "There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun." Pablo Picasso

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