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Laser pointers

Hey guys, I can imagine this question being asked a few times, but google did not provide good results. ANyways, I have a CD drive, CD burner, and DVD drive and wanted to build myself one of those nifty laser pointers that can burn matches almost instantly. Which one will have the strongest laser to do this with? I'm assumign either the CD burner or the DVD. so which should I tear into?

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laser pointer

I own a RadioShack laser pointer (green beam) Can I hack it to burn a ballon? if so, how can i do it? Thank you.

Topic by danzarjoe    |  last reply


Laser Pointers

Hey guys, I was just wondering, if you had the money, what kind of laser you could buy and why.  Just a random thing I thought of after seeing the laser contest.  

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DIY Laser pointer

Hello everybody, I'm sorry if this is already explained in an instructable, but I can't seem to find one... My question is, is there a way to make a laser pointer from the laser thingy inside an old cd-writer or an old hard drive (that both still work) ? Thanks

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Laser pointer upgrade

Can anyone help me find any way to upgrade a simple laser pointer to a burning laser?

Topic by randomperson    |  last reply


Fun with Laser Pointers

I just bought a really good 50mw laser pinter and ive been showing people how cool it is. does anybody know any good projects or things that i could do with it that are fun? Thanks, Tactical Geek

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Instructables Cursors/Pointers

I have made a pack of Instructables robot cursors/pointers. I have also included an Instructables background. If you have any comments, or suggestions for improvement, post them below.A thanks goes to n8man for the Instructables Link Select cursor/pointer.

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Running a laser pointer? Answered

For a school project, I am running a 4.5 volt, 0.03 amp laser pointer. I need to run it from a 24v power supple. I have tried 1/4 watt resistors, and they ended up smoking. I don't know how to determine what components I need between the + power and the +lead of the laser pointer. Any assistance would be appreciated.

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somking laser pointer?

I found a trick on youtube with a laser pointer and breathing smoke i whanted to know how to do it

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Laser pointer diode

I was making a laser trip wire, but I was looking online for diodes which I found, by which one would be best to get, I dont care for the color, in fact I am better off with red and the intensity can not put off heat to harm anyone. Anyone have any laser diode recommendations or have a site that I can buy them from?

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how to make a laser pointer?

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Is it possible to polarize a laser pointer?

Would it be possible to polarize a laser pointer and still have it retain it's usefulness?

Question by karate5662    |  last reply


LASER pointer keychain Question ???

I'm taking apart my laser pointer keychain, I want to run it off of normal batteries like a 9v or AA. What would be equivalent to the 3 1.5v cell batteries?

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Laser pointers illegal (NSW)

According to Reuters, laser pointers are now classed as 'prohibited weapons' and you either get a permit or risk 14 years in jail...Nothing like owning a new DVD player and wondering if it will get you arrested : )

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ebay laser pointer scam

Ebay is scamming people when they buy laser pointers. This video outlines the scamhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmLfw3QzNqg

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Ipod laser pointer hack...

bought a laser pointer that plugs into a 2nd gen iPod nano (hey it was $2), and since I don't own one, (3rd gen FTW) I took it apart. Now I've got some problems: a) How much power does an Ipod put out? I cant just hook this sucker up to a AA? I don't wish to power it through an iPod. b) The negative wire wasn't soldered, I think i know where it goes but I'd like to be sure All I know is it's a red laser pointer laser, and there wasn't any info on the packaging other than don't shine in your eye...

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DIY Bookmark with Finger/pointer

So I have found a bookmark in the internet which is pretty cool . I could buy one but I want to make one for someone which is becoming a special someone to me, and I thought of this idea would be really great if I give it to her as a gift or one of the Valentine's Gift ill give. I'm not sure if I'll be able to make a rubber-like one but i thought just making of a simple typical bookmark but with a scroll-able finger  pointer which might not damage the pages of her precious books/novels  she always read  Im still thinking on if it would be back to back so that if the pointer cant point , it can be turned and point some part of the book. The black would be the bookmark itself with the message and the image (my Profile pic) of the Pendant she gave to me Red is the pointer it self, it can be pulled back and forth to pinpoint the word/sentence, also can be pulled up and down with the Green opening as the opening, and the Yellow as the lock so the pointer can't be pulled out.  All opinions, suggestions and feedback are greatly appreciated :D

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Please recommend Laser Pointer for me

Hello, I want to buy a high-power laser pointer, Used for astronomical refers to the star, used in the observation of stars at night, can accurately indicate the position of the stars.. I know the risks and precautions. I saw a website, http://www.htpow.com/  there are a lot of high-power laser pointer, really surprising. But I do not know, these high-power laser pointer is really exist?THX  

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laser help

How do you take apart a conventional laserpointer like the ones that you get at pet stores?

Topic by kris142    |  last reply


Laser Pointer Custom Lens Image

Was wondering if anyone has info on making a custom 'lens' for a laser pointer. Not sure what it's called, I just say lens [the piece responsible for making the laser beam into a star, crosshair,  or whatever]

Topic by Sovereignty    |  last reply


POINTERS ARE NOT POINTING PLEASE PLEASE FIX THIS !!!!!!!!!!!!

Be nice, if the links actually worked like they are suppose to in Questions. HERE is an example Why not use this page like Questions did before ??? Why NOT ???   This is a Real Bug Please fix and send Pro Membership :-)  

Topic by iceng    |  last reply


Simple crosshair laser level pointer

Is there something or someone here that can tell me how I can make a one or two laser pointer into a crosshair laser level? 90 degrees on all sides

Topic by elkaddalek    |  last reply


Efficacy of cheap laser pointer optics

Are cheap laser pointer optical units suitable for adapting with high powerlaser diodes from DVD-RW drives. I don't have access to internet transactionsso I can't get a laser module.

Topic by volthead  


Laser conversion from pointer to burn

I could have sworn I saw an instructable on converting a regular laser pointer (low wattage type) into one that would burn (if only a little), i.e. increase it's power output, but now I am finding it impossible to locate. Has it been removed? Are there not proper tags to help me weed out the other half million laser projects? Have I lost my memory and there never was such a project? inquiring minds want to know...

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Laser Pointer shooting range ideas?

Idea is to slightly modify the annoy a tron circuit to turn on a laser pointer at a specific time interval, then back off... Then i would put this into my lego mindstorms robotic thingy that will point the laser to random points on the walllink to annoy a tron: https://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade_Annoy_a_thing_Annoy_a_tron/thats all great and a work in progress, really just background inforeal question, just askin, is what technologies are there that would allow a microcontroller to "sense" where the laser is pointing and then to link that info to an sensor that would find where the bb bullet hits? Then just give me a percentage of how far off i was from the dot, maybe in the form of an LED bargraph display like this one: http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G8942this isnt something i expect to do, but i want to do something with 555s and this looks like a pretty cool ideato clarify, on the top part, the laser and lego mindstorms are 2 separate systems, one is simply mounted on the other, but by using the same timings it is possible to make them work synchronously... its a work in progress, stay tuned if interested

Question by raykholo  


change a cheap laser pointer color? Answered

I got a cheap laser from the shop. here is it : http://www.scitoyscatalog.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/small_5_head_laser_pointer.jpg It is red. Is there a way i can make it green, blue, purple, yellow ,etc. ? and another one: How can I focus a led on a single spot to be like a laser?

Question by netbus    |  last reply


Making a "flexible" fibreoptic laser pointer

Dear knowledgeable peopleI am looking to put together a laser pointer connected to a some sort of a fibreoptic cable to allow a clean projection of the beam at the end of the cable. I have looked at visual detector devices but are they suitable in giving a "clean" and focused beam that can project for at least few metres? The other limitation is that I am looking to work with a class II laser to make it as safe as possible (sneaky kids etc..). If a VFD is not suitable for this purpose how can you connect a simple laser pointer to the cable (?possible ?practical).Finally is the green laser more focused by its nature?Many thanks in advance!!!!

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Antenna Tracker Pointer using GPS

I want to build a systems that can point a directional antenna to a known set of GPS coordinates, because if the base unit with the antenna knows it GPS location and then can have the know data of another directional antenna's GPS coordinated either via Google Earth File or a spread sheet or long/lat's or via another method....also I would like this system to be able to track a UAV or R/C plane/copter as the DIY antenna trackers do as I have seen on R/C forums and You-tube. the initial request is what I desire first....I want to go out into a field and set up this tripod mounted Pan/tilt mechanism with mounted directional antenna(s) and point it to the closest fix antenna of known coordinates, automatically.

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How can one make a pattern head for a laser pointer?

So I'd like to make some custom designs for a laser pointer, like some simple text and so on. I have no idea how! Even if there is some company that would do this for me I would be into that idea.

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HOW TO BUILD A LASER POINTER FOR POINTING OUT STARS/PLANETS?

I keep seeing DIY plans for "Burning Lasers" are these the same as the red or green Lasers used to point into the night sky at selected stars,planets etc?? Can anyone direct me to info on this type of Laser?  I don't want to burn anything. Just a very strong beam that will point out objects in the night sky.                 Thanks

Question by aristos    |  last reply


Why does my mouse pointer get stuck in one place while working on my PC? Answered

Why does my mouse pointer get stuck in one place for a few seconds while working on my PC? Is it a memory problem, if so how to rectify it?

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Laser Tripwire Turned Off By Laser Pointer?

I was playing through my older Splinter Cell games the other day, and had my airsoft pistol next to me. I had attached a laser pointer on it, mostly for kicks and giggles. While playing Splinter Cell, I turned off a security camera by shooting it with some sort of laser from my FiveseveN and it gave me an idea. I decided that I'd like to make a simpler version of this for a scenario airsoft game. So my question for you guys is, is it possible to make a laser tripwire that can be turned off by aiming a laser pointer at some sort of sensor on it? If so, how much would materials cost me, and how difficult would it be to assemble? Could it be pulled off by someone with little electronic experience like myself? Thanks in advance!

Topic by CapnTac    |  last reply


My macbook pro mouse pointer is freezing up? Answered

I do not use the trackpad. I use an external mouse. Whenever I log in to the computer, the mouse pointer is freezing up. When this happens, I can only use the trackpad to move the mouse. I found a temporary fix: Unplugging the usb and replugging it. It is still quite annoying though. Is there a permanent fix to this?

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mini laser driver for 1 w blue laser pointer?

Hi anyone here?  I need help with the construction of mini (using smd)  for 1 watt blue laser driver. I find it difficult to obtain the circuit for the driver. I would be grateful if anyone can help me. Thanks in advance. Tony1gunalan

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how to turn a laser pointer into a laser cutter?

Does any one know how to turn a regular laser pointer into a laser that will burn somthing when you point it at it?

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Using a laser pointer to display secret shapes?

Hey, all, I'm working on a puzzle for an escape room right now and am wondering if there's any way that I can use a laser pointer to display a number. My hope is that the number is not on the lens of the pointer, but rather is discovered after the laser pointer is shined through a specific spot on a piece of plexiglass. The players are asked to set up a tripod in a specific spot with a specific angle, mount the laser point to the top of it and then move the point around the room. Ideally, as the point is traveling around the room, it will shine directly on a small part of a plexiglass display and then refract a number on the wall behind it. Any ideas on how or if this is possible? Any and all thoughts are welcome. Thanks!

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How do you make a laser pointer? Answered

I would like to be able to make a laser pointer and I don't mind how to make it but it has to be out of stuff that is easily available at home. Please help me!!! :2(

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having trouble gifting a membership - pointers please? Answered

I have done this several times all ready, but the procedure seems to have changed a bit, or i am just doing it wrong.  Can someone guide me through the process, I have several gift codes to give away, and several teachers/artists in my area are certainly deserving.  Thanks

Question by iminthebathroom    |  last reply


DVD laser?

Could I use a DVD player laser as a pointer? (IT CAN'T BURN ANYTHING!)

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How do i shoot a 3 pointer in basketball?

I dont know how to do it i just keep trying and keep missing by a mile

Question by patriotsman  


Laser pointer help? Need it now! Will be greatly appreciated.

Do cheap-o $5 red laser pointers use an LED light in any parts? Thanks in advance>

Question by Raineyman    |  last reply


hooking up a 9-volt battery to a lazer pointer

Have you ever had a lazer pointer that was really fun, but then ran out of batteries? those little replacement batteries are hard to find. while I was supprised there weren't any instructables on this, I'll be posting one soon. I know how to use a 9-volt battery to power the lazer pointer again. this fuel cell is easy to find, and easy to work with. comments? are you interested?

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How to project a shape through laser pointer/projector

Hello,  I want to project this specific shape of rectangular with laser. Something similar to what Laser keyboard does, except I don't need all that complexity. Or it's something similar to laser pointer heads with different design patterns.  Please let me know if you have any suggestion. I would like to do this on my own as much as I can. Thank You!

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been thinking of building an emergency freezer , any pointers ?

By emergency i mean something to be used in time of crisis. 

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Fiberglass cloth for props: any pointers for tight spots? Answered

I recently started making a helmet doing the pepakura and fiberglass process. I have the helmet made, and three coats of resin coated on the inside. But now, I need to put the cloth on the outside. SO question at hand: how do you get fiberglass cloth into tight edges? Here's a picture of the helmet to see what I have to deal with. The ear bits are where I'm having the concern at.

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Pin-pointer metal detector front end not working.

Hi,I breadboarded the pin-pointer metal detector and am having trouble with the front end. pcounterA reads 11-14 on the serial port monitor.See previous question on instructibles reproduced below:_________________Asked by jont4e 2 days ago Hi, I bread-boarded your circuit for just the end coils to start, and loaded the sketch. It seems to be pulsing the coil OK but the leds aren't responding nor the buzzer. I uncommented the serial port code and it shows ledthreshold1 always at .97, pcounterA at 12, and calav1 at 81. Is this OK? (The other reported variables are always 1000.) I wound the end coils with some bifilar wire I reclaimed from a microwave HV supply transformer. I assumed that was OK? Do you have a flow chart or description of how the code works so I can troubleshoot? Any help or hints would be greatly appreciated. Jon T 0 Answer from TechKiwi... 2 days ago The pcounterA value should be much higher 200 to 800 at least. My advice is to focus on one channel. Try reversing the polarity of one of the coils as this often is the problem as the pulseIn function needs to have a clean leading edge to trigger the timing process. Ensure your breadboard connections to the coil are short and well grounded. If this does not work direct message me with a link to some photos of your setup and I will try to assist. I'm just building a second unit so your timing is fortuitous as I can provide some test measurements._______________________________Attached are images of the front end scope traces and a shot of the breadboard. Coils are off screen to the left.Swapping coil polarity did not seem to change any waveforms.Hope someone has some suggestions I can try.JT

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Model a heliostat with a drill press, laser pointer and mirrors?

Mechanical Heliostats were important scientific instruments over a hundred years ago and one mirror heliostats were often used to focus sunlight on an experiment. Better mirrors became cheap and 2 mirror heliostats replaced them. Then electric light killed off both types.But now, solar energy is becoming important again. Big fairly low efficiency mirrors can be made with mylar stretched across a frame. Perhaps now is the time to get 1 mirror heliostat research going again! (With low efficiency mirrors, 70% efficiency becomes 49% if you use 2 mirrors to reflect the light) So you get less efficiency for twice the expense if you use 2 mirror heliostats!But first we need to model the process. It just takes too long to test your ideas outside! Here is the start of my model of mirrors on an equatorial mount (also called a polar mount) and the sun moving on the celestial sphere. I think that it will end up being very useful. I just gotta find the right mirrors and the right laser pointer. A heliostat with the mirrors moving at one rotation every 2 days, can do this perfect reflection but it is limited to certain angles because the mirror must be upright on the mount.In my model, I have left out the earth's surface for them moment. So we will just model the suns movement, the heliostat mirror movement and have a target to see how much the reflection moves too.Brianhttps://www.instructables.com/id/S1QAZI9FS8O1X6Z/

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What happens if you over-power a laser? Answered

If you take a laser (say, a 1mW pen laser pointer) and hook up a stronger battery to it (say a 9V battery as opposed to the 3V watch battery it came with), would it increase the output of the laser? If it would, at the risk of lifespan, would it work if you strobed it?

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