Member Since: April 29, 2013

Country: United States

  • I’m Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite solder iron at SparkFun.

  • Interestingly enough, a significant number of “laser” accidents are actually caused by the associated electronics. Most of the supplies draw tens of amps, and a lot of the device electronics like piezoelectrics are high-voltage.

    That said, eye safety really is key - especially with visible laser pointers, let alone the big lasers like these. Many are frequency-doubled (green from NIR) and don’t filter the NIR light!

  • Just remember the two rules of laser safety - don’t look into the laser beam, and don’t chew on the power supplies. Laser accidents happen at the speed of light, you know.

    I think I see my old lab notebook in one of those pictures…

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