Ultimate DIY Laser Safety Goggles




Introduction: Ultimate DIY Laser Safety Goggles

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This instructable shows how to easily create laser safety goggles, that give perfect protection without reducing visibility. In addition to safety, it gives you the power of seeing in the near infrared range and the possibility of video documenting your work in progress.

When dealing with powerful (>3R) lasers, safety measures should always be taken into consideration. Sadly good quality safety goggles, that give simultaneous protection in many different frequencies are quite expensive and dramatically darkens your field of vision. 

This is a dirty and cheap solution for working with hi-power lasers and it can easily be modified to fit your available gear and needs.

Step 1: The Materials

I built this project from parts I had lying around and a plastic pipe I looted from a nearby construction area. So my total costs summed up to $0

Heres the parts you will need for this project:

1. Diving mask  (should have a palstic frame)
2. Camera phone
3. PVC pipe
4. Big dark scarf

And some tools also:

- Scissors for cutting the mask.
- Saw and a knife or gouge to cut the pipe. 
- Drill and screwdriver to fix the construction to the mask
- Some tape is always good

Step 2: Prepairing the Mask

By cutting the nose part of the mask open, you will make breathing ~80% easier.

The lenses in my mask were badly scratched and ultimately useless so I ripped them off too. 

Step 3: Constructing the Extension Frame

The pipe structrue for these safety goggles consists of a frame to hold the phone and extenders to suspend it in front of the eyes

By some testing on how near my eyes can focus relaxed I found the sweet spot to be about 25cm in front of my eyes. To achieve this my extenders needed to be about 22cm long. 

Throughout this project I used relativistic measurements. Measured the frame relative to the phone, measured the width of the indents relative to pipe width and so on.

To make the indents, I sawed halfway through the pipe and used a gouge to cut the pipe lengthwise. The end of the extenders that face the goggles should be sawed a bit further to allow them to bend to the curve on the goggles. Be careful, applying force to sharp objects might get you hurt if something slips.

Step 4: Making of a Hole to Fit the Phone

Trace the phone with a felt tip, and cut to the half width of the frame (same as the indents).

Now the phone should click nicely into the frame.

Step 5: Mounting the Frame on the Goggles

Use some tape around the corners to secure the frame firmly together. 

Drill holes and screw through the extenders and the corners of the frame. Do the same thing with the end facing the diving mask.

Step 6: How to Wear It

Finally wrap the scarf firmly around the suspending construction, and take care that it will not fall off.

Do this in a well lit room, so you can be sure no light leaks through!

Bear in mind that these goggles will make you lose the perception of depth. Be careful, don't mess things up! High-power lasers can damage your sight if handled without care.

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    just be careful and don't point any high power laser (>50mW) into the camera, you'll fry it's CCD sensor :D
    still, what's cheap: $20 laser protection goggles or a $300+ cellphone? (the cheapest laser goggles are around $10 from focalprice)


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Many people tend to have a cellphone with a camera already at hands, and don't need to buy one separately for this project, as the phone is not modified in any way. The cellphone can in any case be swapped to any kind of digital camera with a LCD viewfinder, if you need a cheaper solution specifically for this project.

    If you want to build your own DPSS setup outputting >1W (like I want), you should have good protection for 808/1064/532nm and I haven't found those ones on the cheap. :-(

    Of course pointing high power lasers into the camera isn't what this project is intended for :D


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    ok... I mean if you get a direct hit from 1W laser, it's cheaper to wear $20-50 goggles than a expensive cellphone because if the camera gets the hit, it (usually) needs to be replaced (and that could up to $100)...
    these are good for 532nm: http://www.o-like.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=28
    and these for IR: http://www.o-like.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=30


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    That's a risk I have to deal with. Having those two glasses on top of each other might provide the wanted protection, but as a downside I would need some heavy lighting to be able to see what I'm doing.


    Reply 1 year ago

    Right, but it's so dangerous to get hit by a stray laser, that seems like an awfully big risk. While you may be comfortable with that risk it's hard to say that other people who might not have your expertise should take that risk as well.


    1 year ago

    Did you test to see that there was no light leaking in? Is there a way to stop it? This seems unnecessarily dangerous.

    The Ideanator

    I can't help thinking you look like some dude out of a video game, its really quite amusing. BTW, that's quite a clever solution to the problem, good job!