Introduction: Blu-Ray Laser Phaser!

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First time in the world a blu-ray laser from a Playstation 3 has been installed in a Star Trek Phaser! Build one yourself for around $100. I "Boldy go where no man has gone before"! Watch the video and then follow the Steps to build your own!

Step 1: What You Need...

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1. A Playstation 3 blu-ray laser assembly. Model KEM-400AAA.
2. A Star Trek Classic Phaser - $30 - Ebay
3. An Aixiz Laser Housing
4. A 9 Volt Battery with clip
5. A 150ohm Resistor
6. Mini Pushbutton Switch - 275-1556 - $2 - Radio Shack

Step 2: Tools You Need...

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1. Soldering Iron & Solder
2. Small screwdrivers
3. X-Acto Knife
4. Hot glue or epoxy
5. Dremel
6. Wire
7. Wire snips.
8. Pliers or vice-grips.

Step 3: Extract the Blu-Ray Diode...

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If you saw my Laser Flashlight Hack Instructable than the extraction is about the same. The blu-ray diode is pretty easy to locate. There are 2 screws to remove and a small ribbon cable that needs to be cut off. After you have removed the laser mount, you need to scrap away the remaining glue and using a small jewelers screwdriver, GENTLY (I mean gently) tap around the EDGE of the diode housing to free it from the mount.

Step 4: Wiring the Blu-Ray Diode...

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This takes extreme care and caution as well as a steady hand and a nice pair of strong reading glasses or magnifying glasses. With quick touches of your soldering iron and using a solder sucker, remove the solder from the small board and remove the small board, You should end up with the raw laser diode. Following the diagram, solder two wires. One to the ground (top pin) and another to the laser diode (far left pin as you are looking at the back of the diode).

Step 5: Finish the Blu-Ray...

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You will want to gently install the Blu-Ray diode im the Aixiz laser housing by using a small pair of pliers or vice-grips. NOTE: The wiring to the 9 volt battery clip should be done after you have run the wires to the battery compartment. You will understand when you look at it. The diode should fit flush to the housing. Then, solder the Negative (-) wire to the switch and a wire from the other leg of the switch to the black wire on the 9 volt clip. Then solder the Positive (+) wire from the diode to one end of the Resistor and solder the red wire from the 9 volt clip to the other end of the resistor. Hot glue or epoxy (I use hot glue so if I ever want to remove the Blu-Ray, it's an easy task) the Aixiz housing to the original lightbulb mount.

Step 6: Modifying the Star Trek Phaser

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The Phaser comes apart easily with a few screws and by removing the front light bulb assembly. Save the lightbulb housing as that will hold our Blu-Ray laser! Remove the 2 AA batteries. Remove and relocate the original circuit board so it is out of the way. Remove the existing trigger button. You may have to do some cutting with the Dremel to get the switch and Blu-Ray to fit right. Install the lightbulb mount with Blu-Ray and the wiring. Attach the switch and insert the 9 volt battery. You will find the 9 volt is a very tight fit in the case. Close up the Phaser and screw it together. I drilled open the hole in the front lightbulb screwtop to accomodate the laser beam. Now enjoy your new Blu-Ray Laser Phaser! Have fun & Be Safe!


nflpanthersfan (author)2017-03-17

do those lasers burn?

MaximeV2 (author)2016-06-11

Nice work!
I can use blue ray diode in ps3 for my laser engraver ? :o
i have an old ps3 doesn't work hihi...

MaximeV2 (author)2016-06-11

Nice work!
I can use blue ray diode in ps3 for my laser engraver ? :o
i have an old ps3 doesn't work hihi...

kevhead74 (author)2016-05-17

Who can I contact to purchase an already completed phaser as made by the persons who created this item? I'd like to see how much this item should cost me. Is there a way I can have these geniuses build me a working unit as I am trying to make a small star trek movie with props. this would be a perfect addition to the uniform that I had just purchased.

KNEXFRANTIC (author)2011-02-24

at last a reason to buy a blu-ray player

Best comment

solarsavestheplanet made it! (author)2015-07-07

I made a basic version, with a later 3 pin ps3 diode, I also found a lens in the laser mechanism that allows you to concentrate the beam slightly. I mounted the lens in a rubber grommet which allowed slight adjustment. Thanks for the info!

MinerManer26 (author)2015-05-13

Would a laser diode from a regular DVD player still work?

JCShutout (author)2014-12-27

I opened my phaser and it was way different and the handle way too small for a 9volt battery. After looking around online, I realized they are using the 1994 Playmates phaser. This hack won't work with the 2008 toy. Just FYI.

Bought a 1994 on ebay and can't wait to try this when it arrives.

Gunnar120 (author)2010-07-07

Huh, a lot less angry trekies talking about how you dismembered a classic phaser than I expected.

avis2 (author)Gunnar1202014-12-21

not a classic phaser, so it doesn't matter. a classic phaser would be one used in the show or made from the show's prop mold. also, can i use other lasers so it looks like a more acurate-to-the-show red?

Hansolo1234 (author)2014-10-26

No offense, but you spelled "boldly" wrong. You wrote "boldy".

hsutton4 (author)2014-06-09

Cool and all but can you use a regular bluray player not from the ps3?

eneuman (author)2013-04-19

Can this be done with a different PS3 laser rig? This one, specifically:

Ma$terJacob (author)2013-03-28

hot glue gun looks like dremel

ducttape99 (author)2012-11-06

I used this instead of getting a whole laser assembly and it was cheaper.

DuctTapeRules! (author)2011-06-19

Anyone else thinking Sonic Screwdriver?

powercow244 (author)2011-12-19

could I use any capacitor? please respond

the dashing hero (author)2011-12-10

people! get a RED colored light like in the REAL TOS series! for gods sake! I WAS RED IN THE SHOWS AND IT WOULD SAVE MONEY BY TAKING APART A BROKE DVD PLAYER!

vandal1138 (author)2009-07-01

Always point lasers at your face while running with scissors. Gasoline helps. Why is it that so many people want to cry about dangerous stuff? If you're worried about it, don't do it. If you're stupid enough to do something dangerous that you know nothing about you deserve to get hurt. ITS CALLED NATURAL SELECTION FOLKS.

candc540 (author)vandal11382009-08-09

I hope that you get caught using this thing in public. You can be fined up to $300,000.

steelshado (author)candc5402011-11-29

AND you'll be violating the Prime Directive....oooohhhhh

BuffaloNickel (author)candc5402009-11-19

like only if u point it at a plane. 

jharwood1 (author)vandal11382011-07-19

He makes it look so damn easy , and says it with such enthusiasm that any moron is already tearing his dvd player apart. And what you really want is BENZINE JA.

chris73044 (author)vandal11382009-08-02 forgot to mention running along the pool barefoot with hot coffee....

vandal1138 (author)chris730442009-08-04

Actually it was intentionally left out. The cold pool water cancels out the hot coffee. Now, gnawing on shotgun shells while smoking a cigarette.....

Hakman (author)vandal11382010-12-10

Hey, what about heating up a melon in the microwave, making a hole in it with an apple corer, and inserting pen!s into it? That isn't dangerous at all... Even better if you fill it with hot glue before you stick it in!

teamcoltra (author)chris730442009-12-19


abadfart (author)vandal11382009-10-01

lol like school zone lights by high school. if there stupid enough to run out in the street something wants them dead

dirt action julian (author)2011-10-04

that is soo cool can it light maches?

ultralegomaster5096 (author)2011-06-06

Didn't the guy say that you don't point lasers at people, then he points it at the camera?

The last time I checked, that camera wasn't a person. I do have to ask what kipkay was thinking when he did that though. That could really screw the camera with a real hi power laser.

he points it at the camera because he knows its not a person. please think

he points it at the camera because he is not thick like you and knows that the camera is not a person.

zhale (author)2011-08-22

This is going to be a dumb question, but how do you get the freaking top half of the axiz housing off??? lol And after you get it off, do you not use the bottom half?

DrPizza777 (author)2009-08-27

Yeah. first, theres a harmless laser pointer. then, theres a cd diode, moderately dangerous. a dvd diode, slightly more dangerous. make a burning laser with a burning dvd diode, very dangerous. BUT THIS IS A BLU-RAY DIODE! extremely positively very dangerous. the only thing worse is an lg hi-def/blu-ray dvd burner. thats as much suicide as using that giant laser on that mountain.

caled85 (author)DrPizza7772010-03-26

Are you also afraid of matches or lighters? Or do you stare into the sun, there is no difference, you cant kill someone with a blue ray diode, blind them, maybe, if you point it into there eye and they consent to keep there eye open, and the natural reflex to close there eye is somehow resisted.

DrPizza777 (author)caled852010-03-27

Dude. i was just being sarcastic... im a pyromaniac... kindof... and for lasers, blu-ray is nothing compared to the laser on that mountain telescope. so please... Dont Tread On Me


jharwood1 (author)DrPizza7772011-07-19

This is silly , but I thought you meant that Giant Laser on the original Battlestar Galactica that could have destroyed the fleet. Silly me. Sorry. after all it was on a mountain.

DrPizza777 (author)jharwood12011-07-19

xDD how old is this thread anyway?

jharwood1 (author)DrPizza7772011-07-19

Well , HOT DAMN, sidestepping the Govt to claim my right to bear arms . Thanks.

okto (author)2008-05-18

STOP. YELLING. AND. DEMANDING. THINGS. This isn't a store, it's a community.

jharwood1 (author)okto2011-07-19

I am not yelling I keep hitting the damn caps lock key.(if you're talking to me)

jharwood1 (author)2011-07-19

where did you get the ps3 part? and could u slow it down a bit. what is it capable of other than being pretty? I put a 30 buck green laser into a 35 dollar 2 piece phaser mkI and MKII combo that actually separate, after alot of cursing and sighs I got it working but it eats batteries like a crack head through an eightball. I ordered a 100 mw laser with adjustable beam(lets see if I get it ) if I do I'm replacing the laser pointer with (something else). any suggestions on making it a bit more powerful, like say , oh, uh entering into the area of right to bear arms?

Fragmaster (author)2011-03-27

Is it easy (I know that it is possible) to burn out the diode by soldering for too long?

dremeldude (author)2011-03-27

This would be so cool with a kill/stun feature like in the movies

nomooremr.niceguy (author)2009-06-13

What do the other leads do? I assume they are used for other colors. But I know little about lasers and I'll admit it. So I just thought I'd ask. It doesn't hurt to ask does it? That's how you learn. And before anyone gets on my case for attempting a laser project without adequate knowledge, I do intend to learn everything I can before assembling my laser. Anyway, if anyone could answer my question, that would be great. Thanks.

this is two years a little late but if for some reason you didn't figure it out, the pin directly to the right of the ground pin is the RED + and the pin below the VIOLET + is the IR +. Those are powered the same exact way the VIOLET is powered from what I understand.

thatgreasymechanicguy (author)2011-01-03

wow. frickin amazing..but unneeded.

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