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455nm Laser Head

Aixiz Module
Aixiz Module

Here’s my prototype 455nm laser head, constructed from the front section of an Aixiz module threaded into a heatsink from an old ATX power supply. This sink has enough thermal mass for short 1W testing.

Connection
Connection

Connection to the laser diode at the back of the heatsink. Cable is heat shrink covered for strain relief, & hot glued to the sink for extra strain relief.

Beamshot 1
Beamshot 1

Looking down the beam, laser is under the camera. Operating around 1.2W here

Beamshot 2
Beamshot 2

Camera looking towards the laser. Again operating at ~1.2W output power.

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Portable Power Supply

Battery
Battery

This is detailing my portable multi-purpose power pack of my own design. Here is an overview, mainly showing the 4Ah 12v Ni-Cd battery pack.

Front Panel Right
Front Panel Right

Panel Features – Bottom: Car cigar lighter socket, main power keyswitch. Top: LED toggle switch, provision for upcoming laser project, Red main Power LED, 7A circuit breaker.

Front Panel Left
Front Panel Left

Top: Toggle switch serving post terminals, USB Port.
Post terminals supply unregulated 12v for external gadgets. USB port is standard 5v regulated for charging phones, PDAs etc.
Bottom: Pair of XLR connectors for external LED lights. Switches on their right control power & the knob controls brightness.

Additions are being made to this all the time, the latest being a 2W laser diode driver. Update to come soon!

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Belkin F5U021 4-Port USB Hub

Top
Top

This is an old USB 1.1 hub that was recently retired from service on some servers. Top of the unit visible here.

Bottom Label
Bottom Label

Bottom label shows that this is a model F5U021 hub, a rather old unit.

PCB Front
PCB Front

PCB is here removed from the casing, Indicator LEDs along the bottom edge of the board, power supply is on the left. Connectors on the top edge are external power, USB host, & the 4 USB outputs. Yellow devices are polyswitch fuses for the 500mA at 5v each port must supply.

USB Hub IC
USB Hub IC

This is the USB Hub Controller IC, which is a Texas Instruments TUSB2046B device. Power filter capacitors next to the USB ports are visible here also, along with 2 of the polyswitches.

Power Supply
Power Supply

The power supply section of the unit, which supplies regulated 5v to the ports, while supplying regulated 3.3v to the hub controller IC. Large TO-220 IC is the 5v regulator. Smaller IC just under the power selector switch is the 3.3v regulator for the hub IC. The switch selects between Host powered or external power for the hub.