7 Colour Laser Optics





Introduction: 7 Colour Laser Optics

About: Woodsman and field tutor on a week day. Life long inventor, designer, engineer for the rest of the time. From items that make life easier to items with no reason to be....other than the idea popped into my h...
A warning before we start, this project should give little trouble to experienced laser modders, if you have never built your own laser I would suggest starting with something more basic.

Using inexpensive and easy to get parts, build a 7 colour, including of course white, hand held laser.

The following parts will be enough to build a bare, 7 selectable colour laser, it is up to you to make the housing of your choice. This could easily be built into a project box but I wanted a hand held pointer. Video link below shows what I decided to do with it.

Basic parts list
2 off Aixiz modules *
1 off Standstone11 5mw green module
1 off SenKat red laser diode (fit into Aixiz module)*
1 off PHR 803T sled (fit Blu ray LD into Aixiz module)*
Look at group buys on laserpointerforums.com
1 off PS3 sled
Look at group buys on laserpointerforums.com
1 off Non working DX 5mw green module

Additional parts used in this build
3 off Lathe turned adaptors
If you have a lathe no problem if not & you need to improvise.
1 off Rkcstr drive' low range (for the blu ray)
1 off Rkcstr drive' high range (for the red)
3 off RCR123A rechargeable batteries
3 push buttons, one for each colour.

If you have no experience of mounting laser diodes and drivers into modules there are usually some ready assembled ones for sale in buy,sell and trade here. http://www.laserpointerforums.com/forums/YaBB.pl?board=b_bst
Or by buying them from http://hightechdealz.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=12

Step 1: Modding the PS3 Sled01

You will need to remove all of the optics EXCEPT the 2 splitter cubes
And the turning mirror (remove all the bits marked in red)

Step 2: Modding the PS3 Sled02

The three holes circled in red below need to be drilled out to 5.0mm dia.
Saw the beam splitter section off, cut along the green line.
Cut out the turning mirror holder marked in purple.

It is best to put the small cover plate back on over the beam splitters to keep them clean (not shown).

Step 3: Adaptors for Aixiz Modules

The modules need to be the type with the removable chrome bezel on the lens nut!

To keep the optics straight the module needs to be attached to the cut down sled using the bezel, brass adaptors need to be made that are 5mm at one end and the size of the hole in the bezel the other with a larger diameter in between. Once the adaptors are made the front face of the bezel needs to be sanded to remove the chrome plating so that the parts can be soldered together.

Step 4: Blu Ray Module

When you assemble the modules the bezel needs to be screwed tight up to the front half of the module (metal to metal, no plastic lens nut showing) at exactly the focus point, this is quite easy for the blue, it is just a case of getting the lens the right distance into the bezel.

Step 5: Red Module

The red will need a thin washer to take up the gap, I used a ring of solder squashed to the right thickness in a vice to get it right.

Step 6: Adaptor for Green Module

The best green module for the job is the type sold by standstone11 (Susie)linked above, it has a large internal thread at the front, the main part of the adaptor is made from the back part of a DX green module which, amazingly, has the same thread!
Another small brass sleeve needs to be machined up to fit as shown.

Step 7: Green Module

Again the adaptor needs to be screwed tightly to the green module to keep things in line, this is easy for the green as the focus is already set.

Step 8: Trial Assembly

First trial assembly
Once the modules are complete, drivers have been set up with power supplies and switches you can push everything together to get an idea of how close the optics are to pointing in the right direction.

If you clamp the sled part so that it does not move you can insert the laser modules as shown (red is shown without the back cover) and power them up, you should be able to combine the beams at a distance to make a white beam.

Make sure you do not have to force the modules in any direction to do this. Once you are happy with the set up you can glue the modules in place, one at a time, using slow setting 2 part epoxy.
This slow setting glue avoids the worry that it will set before you are happy with the modules alignment.

Step 9: Beyond This Instructable

The above gets you to the stage where you have a 7 colour laser, how you mount it......

Step 10: ...into the Future

...and what you add to it is up to you.

Regards rog8811



    • Oil Contest

      Oil Contest
    • Creative Misuse Contest

      Creative Misuse Contest
    • Clocks Contest

      Clocks Contest

    119 Discussions

    Sorry for all the questions, but was wondering what resistance the potentiometer for the spiro had? Also, where did you obtain the acrylic fs mirrors?
    On my quest through dealextreme for these lasers, my shipment was a tad slow, so I issued a missing parts message (it had been a few weeks at least), and ended up with a free extra red diode and new wish green diode when the original ones ended up arriving the same day as the "replacements".
    Quite a deal I'd say

    5 replies

    Two more (sorry, I just keep running into things): What did you do about the buttons on the green modules to bypass them, just solder wires directly to it? Lastly, if I'm building your driver for the red and bluray, would it cause any problems if i were to have them share the same ground? I wouldn't expect it to matter, but I don't want to kill any diodes ^^;

    The blu ray and red can share the same power supply, the green needs to be kept separate as it is pos earth,
    I remove the push button and solder a link to replace it.

    Acrylic mirror from ebay.
    Pot, I just found one that worked....100 ohm I think it was.

    okay thanks. Alright, I had done a mini spiro earlier on, like a few weeks ago, and 100Ω pots seemed to work well

    How did you manage to get a set of mirrors in that handheld flashlight-sized body? Or is it a secret? >3>;

    4 replies

    No secret, just trial and error.
    It was not the first 2 mirror setup I had done so I had a head start on it.

    Okay, and if I am assuming right, the closer you have the mirrors to each other, the smaller they will have to be, seeing as the laser's path's radius doesn't spread as far, right?

    Yes the mirrors are close together but need to be placed so that the first one doesn't get in the way of the reflected path from the second mirror, there is no formula for this, just suck it and see

    Yeah, sounds fine, arranging them in a way they don't block it shouldnt be too bad

    Quick questions:
    How many laser diodes are necessary, you say 2 red aixiz modules, 1 working green module (link is outdated), one broken green (why do we need this?), both a PS3 sled as well as PHR 803T sled (again, why is this?), a SenKat red laser diode (why do we need to put this in an aixiz if we have two others?)?
    Sorry about that, but I'm not quite sure what aixiz modules and what lasers we really need, the wording on the parts list is a tad difficult to understand.
    Also, what are the Rkcstr drives for, are they the only drives that can be used, and why is there not one for the green diode?
    Many thanks, this parts list is my birthday gift this year, so I can make this project~

    3 replies

    How many laser diodes are necessary
    One bluray, one red
    you say 2 red aixiz modules
    one foir the bluray one for the senkat red,
    1 working green module, one broken green (why do we need this?),
    Broken green for the part that joins the working laser to the sled assembly.
    both a PS3 sled as well as PHR 803T sled
    I needed parts from both to make it work

    As to the rest of your questions, could I suggest that you visit laser pointer forums to see more up to date information? This laser was the very first 7 colour laser, many more have been built since and there is a lot of more up to date info on that site than I can give you.

    Good luck!

    Ahh, okay. I have the bluray in an aixiz premade, and this red module, would the red that comes in it be fine?
    If I read right on your site, you needed the mirror from the ps3 sled and the body of the other, as it was smaller, right?
    Thanks for the answers, I figured out the others in the meantime, so now I have a better understanding ^.^

    how do you make a beam combiner because im trying to make one to combine a red and green laser to give me yellow

    3 replies

    You need either a dichro or a suitable splitter cube from an optic sled.
    You then need to mount the 2 lasers solidly at the right angles to get a good beam.......

    There are loads of tutorials on how to do this, try laserpointerforums.

    regards rog8811

    so could i get a sled with a splitter cube out of say, a portable cd drive or a computer disk drive from a computer thown out for council clean up. because im noot going to pull a ps3 apart. thanks

    Yes, take any old sled apart and shine the lasers through the various optics to find something that will work...that is how I do it.

    Regards rog8811