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Offline BillTodd

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Any YAG laser experts here ?
« on: August 31, 2023, 01:05:30 PM »
I've just been given a pro laser engraver. Its a bit of a monster (150W  @ 1084nm  2.2kW psu with cooler) and broken so I'll probably break it, but I thought I d ask if anyone has  YAG laser experience.

The machine was scrapped with a 'diode low power' fault. I'm guessing this means the 808nm pumping diode has dimmed.

So, how easy would this be to replace the pump
Bill

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Re: Any YAG laser experts here ?
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2023, 02:00:19 PM »
There are tons of diode laser heads on Amazon Id check them out.

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Re: Any YAG laser experts here ?
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2023, 10:03:16 AM »
Under the lid ..

Playing with the software, I noticed a setting to extend pump diode warning time , so I am crossing my fingers that there are a few blasts left in this thing .


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Re: Any YAG laser experts here ?
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2023, 05:01:26 AM »
Well , the extend warning is only a software thing. The diode pump isn't working :-(

I opened the diode pump box and investigated:
The pump consists of 6  laser diode banks each with 25  chips .  Driving it with a constant current supply I can see a good few chips not working .

The voltage across the array was only 9V or so at 2A - given this is driven by a 50A 45V supply , I can see the need for water cooling.
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Re: Any YAG laser experts here ?
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2023, 05:08:37 AM »
BTW these diodes shine down on to the YAG (yttrium aluminium garnet) crystal which is encased in a water jacket for cooling. The red laser light pumps up the electrons in the crystal . When the electrons collapse to their rest state (controlled by a Q switch) they release Infrared photons , which burn the crap out of what ever gets in their way.
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Re: Any YAG laser experts here ?
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2023, 11:07:52 AM »
At 150W, if you get that beast working you'll be able to cut with extreme prejudice at a high rate of speed. But cut what??  Besides any fingers or toes that just happen to get in the way that is.  (The scene from Goldfinger springs to mind.)

Good luck with the rebuild and watch those fingers and toes.

Don

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