Introduction: New 007 Laser Weapon - Revealed!

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The world's first look at James Bond's new blu-burning laser weapon! Watch it burn through things and learn how to make your own!

That's me playing James Bond in the video intro!
(I built that in After Effects)

Step 1: What You Need...

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1. Walther PPK CO2 Pistol
2. Laser guide for pistol. Mine was from a JKX-313. The Umarex just didn't fit the bill.
3. Get the Blu Diode Here
4. Housing for Laser Diode also from Build-a-Blue-Laser
5. LM317, 100 ohm variable pot, 1 ohm resistor, circuit board.

Step 2: Get the Diode...

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You can skip this step and just buy the Blu Diode HERE
Disassemble the XBOX360 HD DVD Drive. Here is a good tutorial from The LLAMA
Then extract the diode from the drive carriage. Use care!

NOTE: Not all XBOX 360 HD DVD drives have a 150mW diode. You have to bench test it to measure the mW rating or just buy the diode.

Step 3: Install It in the Housing

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Install the diode in an Aixiz-style housing which you can get here and add 2 wires observing the pinout diagram.

How to Install it: First remove the laser warning label and unscrew the housing so it is in two parts. You may have to use pliers or vice-grips or a vice to unscrew it. If it came with an exisiting laser diode in it (5mw), remove it and the circuit board leaving on the housing. The new blu-ray diode gets pressed into the housing. Be sure it is straight and flat around all the edges. I used a pair of vice-grips and carefully squeezed the diode into the housing. Once you have it in your hands, you will see how it is done.

Step 4: Build the Driver Circuit

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Build the driver circuit on the smallest circuit board you can find. I built mine and then "dremeled" the board down to size. Using a multi-meter, measure the mA output and adjust the 100 ohm pot so that it is just under 150mw. DON'T run it higher than that. Be sure to discharge the cap before soldering in the diode.

Step 5: Modify the Laser Guide

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Remove the laser and the LED from the laser guide leaving the wiring for the batteries intact. I bent back the tabs in the battery compartment and added one more button cell battery to make a total of 6 volts. Then I installed the circuit and laser diode in the laser guide and attached it to the pistol.

Step 6: Use It

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The blu diode should be real bright. Use the collimating lens on the housing to focus the beam to a point. It will burn a number of things. It will also "write" on thermal paper but that did not show up good on the video.

Disclaimer: CAUTION! As you know...lasers can be dangerous! Never point them at any living object! Do not look at the beam! This is not a toy, and this should not be used like a conventional laser pointer. In other words, don't use it in presentations, or to play with pets, or allow children to use it. It should only be operated by responsible persons who understand and respect the potential laser safety hazards.

Have fun, Be safe!


Thinkman (author)2009-02-04

Scary to think that this is a stepping stone to the real near future of bigger and better laser guns! Star Treck has arrived!

THEJJRAT (author)Thinkman2015-06-19

Star Trek? We already have this stuff.

NASA is Aperture Science.

jharwood1 (author)Thinkman2011-07-19

NO, 1984(Orwell) is coming there will never be Star Trek. Sorry,,no one more than myself. Just watch Raytheon exoskeleton on Youtube, not one mention of helping crippled people ,just get that soldier to kill faster , better, and for longer. ANd now the Gov't has a new boogie man for us to fear for us to cry take our rights away, Xrape me at the airport. I intend to get a Hickory Farms Sausage and slip it down my pants next time I fly. I wonder will they find it funny, I know I won't find the cavity search funny , but someone has to do the absurd to these jerks. Yesterday this guy wasn't qualified for garbage man, now he gets to see me NAKED(virtually), 19 terrorists made it on board. HOW, incompetence? Or, did the Nation of Islam infiltrate airport security? They know this already. Gun Control laws, Criminals don't obey laws,hence the word criminal. Star Trek is a dream that will never be.

THEJJRAT (author)2015-06-19

Dissecting an Xbox for James Bond?

DeanC2 (author)2015-06-17


Hamyza (author)2015-04-26

Do you need the driver circuit or not?

nerd7473 (author)2013-08-18


masterzeb318 (author)2012-07-23

can i use this or is the mW and nm to high.......

allstarmike577 (author)2012-06-06

Can i buy this off you?

the dashing hero (author)2011-12-10

it burns stuff. why point it at camera?!

fireblast_1212 (author)2009-02-01

How much would it cost me if I wanted to buy one of those from you?

jharwood1 (author)fireblast_12122011-07-19

one word liability. He'll say NO. (probably) . He has 1st amendment protection for now, but he probably won't build one for you, if you want him to , I suggest you contact him somehow without using a media monitored by the government. Every word U or I have ever typed on the net is still available for "THEM" to pull it up and "use against you in a court of law". Go underground.

andrewdpham3 (author)2009-01-25

waste of an xbox 360!

Kipkay (author)andrewdpham32009-01-26

Nope. An XBOX 360 was not used in this project. Read/watch it again.

jharwood1 (author)Kipkay2011-07-19

Yup you said Xbox 360 dvd drive. You also gave a site to order a diode. I ask this of you. Most of us aren't electrical engineers, can you slow it down to laser gun construction for dummies speed?

Yeah, in this case, the XB360 HD DVD player was, rather, a waste of a laser diode. I mean, HD DVD is dead anyway.

Wiimote Master (author)2008-11-30

Do we want one of these because if not the laser could explode form to much power? Just trying to figure out why we would need one.

we dont need to... it is just fun... according to prophecy...

jharwood1 (author)micromuffin2011-07-19

according to prophecy we're already f*****, and RUN TO THE HILLS is the best advice, oh and take a sword, it doesn't run out of ammo.

LaserRain (author)Wiimote Master2009-04-23

Thats so stupid

nubscaper (author)Wiimote Master2009-01-05

You need a driver to keep the current in check and prevent charge from being pushed back into the laser, which could fry a diode worth about $30. That is not much fun. They aren't ridiculously hard to build if you want to build a stationary one.

is a good Idea to build and test diodes. If you want a PCB driver look no further than

frankensteinberger (author)2009-02-19

what if someone cant' get a XBOX 360 without paying for one. people aren't junking them yet. should we wait for the next XBOX to come out before we can get one of those?

No, get a real gun and stock up on ammo and hide it and remember dogs can sniff out guns and ammo so don't use your attic .

I think you can buy the diode for cheap,or if you want to buy the hd dvd drive on ebay. Will this also work on a blu-ray player?

warranty on those are really cheap so people can just fix em

coolpizzadude (author)2009-05-21

Does the laser housing do something to the laser or just look cool.

jharwood1 (author)coolpizzadude2011-07-19

it does as it says , it houses it, (holds it in place), you'll probably need a heat sink(kinda like a radiator).

looks cool and probably keeps it safe from damage

McGenius (author)2009-01-13

is the capacitor in the circuit an absolutely necessary component? cause i've heard stories about the diode becoming separated from the capacitor and reconnected an instant later, and since the cap is charged up, the juice instantly fries the diode. this happened to me last night possibly because i did not solder it well enough. but back to my original question. is the capacitor necessary?

Alexizupinhea (author)McGenius2009-03-03

Hey, i'm not the best solderer either, and I've broken my first 4 diodes probably due to this reason. I have been successful in my last two builds though. I'd recommend soldering the cap directly to the diode (will fit in the aixiz). This way, its almost impossible for it to ever get disconnected then reconnected and destroy it. Good luck, you'll get it eventually. It took me my 5th try, hopefully you get yours sooner.

jharwood1 (author)Alexizupinhea2011-07-19

cha ching, cha ching, cha ching

LaserRain (author)McGenius2009-04-23

I think it stops voltage spikes. Just dis-charge the cap

lozank (author)McGenius2009-02-12

Absolutely! Without the resistor the cap would fry the diode anyways! I would recommend you just double check your solder joints.

jharwood1 (author)2011-07-19

look up wicked lasers dot com, but go with about 500 bucks and low expectations of it ever getting to you.

usb key (author)2011-06-19

is a housing really necessary? Because I'm cheap, and it looks useless.

gonzowizard (author)2011-01-09

very interesting and seems pretty simple. Is there any way one could increase the burning power of the laser to cut, say, weapon-grade 1060 carbon steel?

fogman103 (author)gonzowizard2011-05-13

I don't know what battery the JKX-313 takes, but you could hack it so it takes an A23 (12v) lithium ion battery.

CodeKid1001 (author)2011-04-30

Could you provide a link to the video pls?

a_tu_vieja_en_tanga (author)2011-01-27


northernmagnet (author)2010-12-28

because this is safe in the hands of evil?
i mean come on what if oddjob got a hold of this?
its about as safe as the man with the Golden Gun!!
only let Bond... James bond wield this...
wow i could make a lot more references but i chose not too...

Vissy (author)2010-10-17

Sounds like an ad for a website that sells $10 blue lasers for $50 (yes, $50).

No trigger control, and uses a voltage regulator instead of a dc/dc converter...not really a good choice, will have 1/10th the battery life. Thanks but uh...nope.

the_burrito_master (author)2010-06-10

Can I use a diode from any old dvd player?

dvd burner

Opcom (author)2010-05-01

Nice job Kipkay! That is a real classic hack there. From the frontispiece, I admit I was sort of expecting a 1064nm pulse to issue forth though. Maybe the blue jobbie could become the aiming device, and after gutting the toy gun and finding a souped up SSY-1.. well nevermind .. probably a bad idea, ehe. 

Opcom (author)2010-05-01

if you do not have a laser power meter, you may be able to make a laser power meter yourself using a quite small metal square of known area and material (copper or aluminum come to mind), and from books you can know the metal-to-air thermal resistance. Then you can coat the plate with carbon or soot or flat black paint if nothing else is available (lampblack may do). Then attach a thermal probe to the backside of the plate. Measure the normal temp of the plate, then heat with laser until equilibrium is reached, and knowing the ambient temp, temperature rise, and the thermal characteristics of what you have made, you can reasonably estimate the laser power. Note the soot or black coating is intended to absorb the laser beam, that is, prevent its diffuse or specular reflection, so that as much as possible of the laser energy is transferred to the metal plate as heat. There might be an instructible on making your own laser power meter. I would not doubt it with all the geniuses areound here.

KnexFreek (author)2010-01-15

 Hey kipkay, please check the links you made. they are no longer working links. (the links on step 1)

KnexFreek (author)KnexFreek2010-01-18


james.mcglashan (author)2009-03-13

ca u make this into a pen and with another switch that will change the voltage of the laser so u can have a safe laser and a dangerous laser in 1

Xellers (author)james.mcglashan2010-01-12

Yes, all that you would need to do is have two fixed resistors in place of the variable resistor in the driver circuit and switch between them - one would increase the LM317's voltage and the other one would decrease it.

temp (author)james.mcglashan2010-01-12

u can use two lasers and two switches but that isnt quite the same

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