making a XRF gun Answered
What do you all think about the feasibility of making a DIY XRF gun? These are commonly used in manufacturing settings where quick material identification is required. They look a lot like barcode scanners, but cost quite a bit more, generally 20-40k and mostly companies rend them for about 2k per month.
I know that its probably quite impossible to slap one together using an Arduino or something but is this completely out of the realm of DIY?
Really they just break down into 4 parts: X-ray source, detector, electronics and computer and it seems like the first two are the issue.
It seems like there's tons of different methods of doing this, and I just keep feeling that somewhere in all those is something much more cost effective.
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