A while back a friend gave me this laser he found in a silicon valley surplus store. It sat around for a while before I decided to try to get it working. It is kind of beat up and looks like it had been sitting at the bottom of someone's junk box for a long time. The manufacturing date on the sticker on the tube says March 1987. After soldering a few broken connections I had it working with the pieces spread out on my desktop.
The driver board is mounted to the plywood with 4 #6x1 inch wood screws and 4 1/2 inch nylon spacers.
The transformer and the laser tube are each mounted with 2 #6x1/2 inch wood screws.
The laser tube is a Siemens LGR 7631A 1.5-2.5mW laser. (Not powerful enough to pop a balloon and not a lot more powerful than a little battery powered laser pointer.)
Do not point lasers at people, and I don't recommend them for cat toys, you might accidentally hit them in the eyes.
The laser can be found online, search duckduckgo.com for Siemens LGR 7631A.
Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.
Step 1: The Laser Tube
Shown lighted and unlighted.
Step 2: Connector
The wires from the driver board to the tube are very flexible fine stranded wire with thick insulation.
This is the polarized connector that connects the driver board to the laser tube.
Step 3: Transformer?
I am guessing a high voltage, high frequency transformer.
Connected with bayonet connectors, not polarized, I was careful to remember the polarity.
Step 4: Driver Board
The driver board and a closeup of the daughter board, which appears to be a filter and regulator.
Step 5: T-shirt
Just in case you are wondering, this is the image on the t-shirt that is partially covered in the intro picture.
Participated in the
Full Spectrum Laser Contest 2016