Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Possible laser etching attachment

I'm working up designs for a laser etching attachment for my makerbot (think http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3902), and am thinking of using a laser similar to (http://www.dealextreme.com/p/focusable-200mw-405nm-burns-match-money-detector-blue-violet-royal-purple-laser-pen-2-cr2-47978) this to etch/burn leather and wood (i would go with a supre high power diode, but I think this laser would work fine... However, before I can purchase the laser, or even do too much of the design, I'm sending the FDA an email requesting permission, as it is above the legal limit for laser pointers in the US. I believe that I should be able to get an exemption for this laser module, since it will be used within a device, and not as a pointer... Fingers crossed...

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