Extracting Blue Laser Diode From Xbox 360 HD-DVD Player

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Introduction: Extracting Blue Laser Diode From Xbox 360 HD-DVD Player

About: Robb was once an Artist-in-Residence at Autodesk's Pier 9. He went to Carnegie Mellon to study Art. He mostly does tangible artifacts that are often complex. He can be reached at www.robb.cc

Photos showing process of removing laser from HD-DVD drive.

NOTE: in one of the final steps I shattered my diode. be extremely careful when punching diode out of its heat sink. when powered my shattered diode lit up very dimly. I hope you have better luck.
thanks to user mb4004 for help and to KipKay for inspiration.

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    Nice!

    This would go great as an Instructable.

    You should try it out!

    And don't delete this slideshow; it's okay to have both.

    +5/5 stars.

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    user

    Thanks! but I figure I should confirm that this works before I make an instructable. i broke mine, so i have no way of knowing how bright they are. if anyone successfully extracts their diode and has photos of it in use, I'll happily use them in an instructable.

    Why did you decide to extract it from your 360? Was there a problem with it?

    user

    i took it out of the HD-DVD drive, not the x-box. its an external HD-DVD drive. it was about 40 dollars on ebay and i wanted to make a blue laser pointer.

    how did it shatter? and how do you know?

    user

    it shattered when i used an object with too mall of a diameter to punch the diode from its place. the brass on the front surrounding the glass plate was caved in and the glass plate was shattered. when i apply current to the diode it glows very very weakly. considerably less bright than a $3 red laser pointer. the light emitted does not form a circle as it does with my red diode with out a lens, it makes a trianglarish offset uneven blob. i do not know that much about electronics or lasers but the performance of the diode(or what's left of it) doesn't match up with KiKay's blu-ray phaser when i am told that they use the same diode. i am fairly certain i was applying the right voltage because i supplied it thru a regulator circuit kit i bought on ebay that was specifically for blue laser diodes.

    what should you use to punch it out of the annoying little heat sink?

    i used to pliers needle nose and flat head i think it is called and put one on the left and one on the right and twist in opposite directions it will take some force because they a liquid welded together and practice on the red lase part before you try the blue laser if you want the blue laser and practice on the blue laser if you want red laser.

    user

    a punch of the appropriate diameter. i don't know what the diameter is. you could probably use the tail end of a drillbit

    i bought on ebay
    Thats where you went wrong,my friend
    you cant expect stuff like that from ebay to work well

    user

    the regulator i bought worked fine. i shattered the diode myself. my fault entirely, friend.

    Ok...? I can't really remember posting that comment, I don't even support it anymore >_

    user

    lol, i don't remember posting half of the comments I've posted. it's alright.

    Yeah neither do i XD

     ugh... i just tried 6 different diodesand the best results i got were just very dim purple flashlights at best. what kind of battery do people use. i tried it with a 9v.

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    Same problem here. Very weak light, only Purple with an 150 Ohm resistor.

    Its not an LED its a laser diode, you cant just feed any old voltage into it, it needs a driver circuit, only then will you have a laser. 

    is this the same hi power laser that will light stuff as in kipkays instructable? because i have a broken xbox annd dont feel like spending $75 for a web bought one

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    user

    there is no blue diode in an xbox. this is the xbox's HD-DVD drive. its an external accessory

    In trying to punch out the diode I inadvertently caused the front brass to cave in a bit (and i did use the back end of a screwdriver bit that seemed to fit perfectly). it didn't break per-say but it dislodged the lens that is just inside the front of the diode housing, so that is loose inside the diode housing, but the actual laser did not break, the lens just makes it difficult for all the light to converge; i am trying to figure out a way to fix it but any advice would be much appreciated