how to make a laser diode driver that enables you to burn paper
3 Steps
A cheap laser diode is the first thing you need to make your very own high powered laser capable of burning paper.1000s of laser diodes  have died due to the lack of proper drivers A laser diode is current hungry, it will take all it can get.
i  would advice you to wear safety glasses and not fool around while doing this project  have fun and be carefull

what we are going to  make today is something called as the LM317 constant current driver

so lets make one
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Step 1: Materials

what we are going to need is
1 laser diode (you could hack it out of a dvd drive) x1
2 10uf 16v capacitor or 10uf 63v capacitor x1
3 1n4007 diode x1
4 10 ohm resistors x2
5 100 ohm variable resistor x1
6 lm 317 voltage regulator x1
7 veroboard x1
8 soildering iron
9 solder
10 heat sink
11 switch
all done !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
miicchhii says: Mar 18, 2013. 4:01 PM
Here is a PCB with curcuit,
LM317 Laser Driver Schematic and PCB Layout
coolkids (author) says: Mar 16, 2013. 3:12 AM
how did you draw that figure of 6.75 w ? please show me the working and i might be able to tell you a little something
j553738 says: Mar 14, 2013. 11:24 AM
What would the wattage be from this driver? Doing the math (wrongly, I assume) I work it out to be 6.75 watts. That's a pretty hefty laser. And that's 120 ohms resistance so. If I'm doing my math wrong I'd like to know, but I'd suffice with knowing the "right" answer and discovering where I went wrong on my own :)
miicchhii says: Mar 11, 2013. 11:41 AM
You can find an other curcuit shematic here:

Its easier to understand and also includes the two capacitors.

Greetings
Gadgetboy123 says: Jun 19, 2012. 10:10 AM
would I be able to connect 2 AA batteries directly to the diode? what is the voltage and amperage required by the diode itself? I cannot find that out.
imont says: Jun 8, 2012. 5:02 PM
The laser diode is from a dvd driver or DVD burner?
lis.tesla says: Mar 21, 2012. 8:55 AM
if i gave you my email address could you send my a schematic of some sort please
rockstar50 says: Apr 30, 2011. 10:45 AM
hi I'm having a bit of trouble trying to decipher your schematic, particularly the connections of the 10 ohm resistors to the 100 ohm variable resistor and the regulator. can you give me some guidance on the connections?
coolkids (author) says: May 1, 2011. 3:49 AM
look your 100ohm variable resister would have three pins one of them would be connected to the spinning thing and other 2 to the resistance plate so connect the spinning thing to on pin from the resistance then this combination must be connected to the 10 ohm resisters in parallel the remaining pin from variable resiter to the voltage regulator
GLaDOS V_3.11 says: Dec 10, 2011. 10:32 AM
f.y.i the spinning thing im pretty sure is the power control.
lizardosanwen says: Oct 18, 2011. 5:27 PM
can you show plzz the schematic diagram of the driver circuit
coolkids (author) says: Oct 19, 2011. 3:55 AM
its on step no 2 (pdf)if it doesnt work then iwould post another circuit. each box in the diagram represents a component (look diagram)
1codis says: Aug 5, 2011. 9:57 AM
The 1N4007 is connected wrong in the schematic, if you connect it like that then it will get very hot. You connect the anode of the 1N4007 to the cathode of the laser and vice versa, this way the current will take the path of the laser and not the 4007.
3zuli says: Apr 14, 2011. 6:33 AM
BEFORE connecting this to your laser, don't forget to short the output of this driver. otherwise if there was any charge in the output capacitor, it would KILL your laser!
coolkids (author) says: Apr 15, 2011. 3:50 AM
thanks man i would be carefull and inform the others
rickharris says: Apr 3, 2011. 5:03 AM
A connection diagram or a circuit diagram might help people build this.
coolkids (author) says: Apr 4, 2011. 3:38 AM
i just added it i thought i would add it later and then i forgot
rickharris says: Apr 4, 2011. 3:43 AM
Just as a passing thought - I don't see how making a constant current power supply will actually improve the quality of the laser? Current from a battery is the same as current from the power supply.

Unless you intend to over drive the laser, in which case you need to calculate your component values with care and be prepared to say by by to the laser when it gives up the ghost.
Kiteman says: Apr 3, 2011. 5:07 AM
Might?
rickharris says: Apr 3, 2011. 6:45 AM
Will!
rickharris says: Apr 3, 2011. 9:43 AM
This constant current circuit is good to drive LEDS cheap and few components. If the author doesn't supply a circuit diagram I suggest you look at Steve's circuit here - Same thing.
tobyscool says: Apr 3, 2011. 6:13 AM
Should the laser diode in a high class or can it be a class I laser diode?
coolkids (author) says: Apr 4, 2011. 3:37 AM
it does not matter now because you have made your driver that is going you to burn all sorts of things
The Ideanator says: Apr 3, 2011. 8:58 AM
Do you even have a high class laser diode?
tobyscool says: Apr 3, 2011. 10:21 PM
nope just class I laser diode
rimar2000 says: Apr 3, 2011. 7:06 AM
April Fool's day, maybe?
Kiteman says: Apr 3, 2011. 7:33 AM
Published April 3rd?
rimar2000 says: Apr 3, 2011. 12:35 PM
Yes, I saw the date, but I don't understand it.