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November 25, 2006

Making the Sonar Blu Ray Wicked Laser

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By now I am sure all of you have heard about Blu Ray players. The heart of this innovative device is a special high power laser. Wicked Lasers is striving to bring cutting edge products to their customers. Steve over at Wicked Lasers was kind enough to show us how their new Sonar laser is developed. The crazy thing is that these lasers are so rare they must be harvested out of actual Blu Ray players. If you can afford one of these finely crafted lasers, I am jealous. :)

Thanks Steve.

“The photos show our lead laser engineer, Dr. John Garner Ph. D. and his assistant.
The steps to create a Blu Ray pointer from a Blu Ray Disc Player is as follows:
First, the DVD player covering is removed
Then Blu Ray Diode is extracted carefully from the drive.
We have developed a PCB board to pair with the Blu Ray diode and optics are added to focus the laser beam.
After testing the power output, the laser module (Diode + PCB + lenses + brass housing) is inserted into another brass casing for heat dissipation and to fit the casing.
A single Cr-123A Lithium Ion battery is used to power the unit. The dot as shown is purple and registers to be 23mW.”

Here are some specs. for the finished laser.
“Sonar™ is the world’s only Blu-ray™ powered laser designed to satisfy the desires of true laser enthusiasts.

* 405nm Blu-ray™ laser diode
* Spacecraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum casing
* Super-regulated beam stability
* High-drain Li-ion power supply
* Limited edition!”


 

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18 Responses to “Making the Sonar Blu Ray Wicked Laser”

  1. Gizmodo Says:

    Sonar Blu-ray Laser: How They Make It

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  2. Tech Gadgets Says:

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    DIY – Extra a High Powered Laser out of a Blu Ray DVD Player

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  6. RSS fabriek » Blog Archive » Sonar Blu-Ray laser pen is made out of gutted players Says:

    […] There’s no question that the guys over at Wicked Lasers are completely laser obsessed, and their most recent laser-based endeavor — extracting the Blue laser from a Blu-Ray player to create what they call the “Sonar laser” — is a testament to this fact. Apparently the supply of the Blu-Ray diode is so short (we wonder why) that their team of laser engineers were driven to ripping apart a retail Blu-Ray player in order to extract its most valuable component. Presumably this extreme method is the justification behind the $1999.99 price tag that Wicked Lasers has placed on the Sonar laser, although we wouldn’t bet on them getting every diode this way. Personally, we’re left wondering why Wicked Lasers didn’t up the exclusivity factor by using gutted PS3s. That way they could’ve charged $2599.98, geddit? […]

  7. Newset gadgets » Sonar Blu-Ray laser pen is made out of gutted players Says:

    […] There’s no question that the guys over at Wicked Lasers are completely laser obsessed, and their most recent laser-based endeavor — extractng the Blue laser from a Blu-Ray player to create what they call the “Sonar laser” — is a testament to this fact. Apparently the supply of the Blu-Ray diode is so short (we wonder why) that their team of laser engineers were driven to ripping apart a retail Blu-Ray player in order to extract its most valuable component. Presumably this extreme method is the justification behind the $1999.99 price tag that Wicked Lasers has placed on the Sonar laser, although we wouldn’t bet on them getting every diode this way. Personally, we’re left wondering why Wicked Lasers didn’t up the exclusivity factor by using gutted PS3s. That way they could’ve charged $2599.98, geddit? […]

  8. MAKE: Blog Says:

    Making of the Sonar Blu Ray laser

    Steve from Wicked lasers tried to sent us a zip file with the “making of” photos from the “Sonar Blu Ray laser” but big emails never work out, but pal Alan managed to get them posted up @ Hackedgadgets,…

  9. hubert Says:

    Hello, if 10mW were enough this http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20061020/122535/ would be a cheaper source for a blue ray laser. it is about 65 Euro

  10. Daily Clerks Says:

    […] “By now I am sure all of you have heard about Blu Ray players. The heart of this innovative device is a special high power laser. Wicked Lasers is striving to bring cutting edge products to their customers. Steve over at Wicked Lasers was kind enough to show us how their new Sonar laser is developed. The crazy thing is that these lasers are so rare they must be harvested out of actual Blu Ray players. If you can afford one of these finely crafted lasers, I am jealous.” – Link. […]

  11. homie dog Says:

    yeah… cool and all.. but how do u make one??????????

  12. k Says:

    what does the pcb control? How is that assembled? Why is it needed?

  13. Karib Corner-Blog Reports » Blog Archive » Sonar Blu-Ray laser pen is made out of gutted players Says:

    […] Blu-Ray laser pen is made out of gutted players November 27th, 2006 Sonar Blu-Ray laser pen is made out of gutted playersThere’s no question that the guys over at Wicked Lasers are completely laser obsessed, andtheir most recent laser-based endeavor—extracting the Blue laser from a Blu-Ray player to create what they call the “Sonar laser”—is a testament to this fact. Apparently the supply of the Blu-Ray diode is so short (we wonder why) that their team of laser engineers were driven to ripping apart a retail Blu-Ray player in order to extract its most valuable component. Presumably this extreme method is the justification behind the $1999.99 price tag that Wicked Lasers has placed on the Sonar laser, although we wouldn’t bet on them getting every diode this way. Personally, we’re left wondering why Wicked Lasers didn’t up the exclusivity factor by using gutted PS3s. That way they could’ve charged $2599.98, geddit? Read Filed under: Tech | […]

  14. Mike Steinbach Says:

    I found this article and the next day, I had bought a PS3 drive off eBay ($50). Took it apart two days ago, created the circuit yesterday and tonight I have a finished Blue Laser pointer.
    Click my name to see a slideshow of pictures I took during deconstruction/construction.

  15. bob Says:

    dude ican make a 150mw bluray laser for $200

  16. Blu Ray Laser Hack - Hacked Gadgets - DIY Tech Blog Says:

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  17. Kevin Says:

    where did you get the 150mw Blueray laser diode? If you know, please send me an email at celtic_tigger1[[[at]]]hotmail[dot]com

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    […] by literally breaking open a Blu-ray player and carefully removing its laser (it’s true: photographic proof here), the Sonar laser pointer certainly doesn’t come cheap — its price is a hefty […]

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