I recently killed my first laser tube! It was bound to happen it is the major expendable product of a laser. I am super cheap, generally because money is tight. I found a website (www.lightobject.com) in which sells my wattage of tube at a way cheaper price. The only issue is the tubes are about a foot longer than my old tube.
I have about zero fears in modifying my tools. So I cut a hole in the side and welding on a new enclosure. It for sure isn’t pretty but it does the job! Once again it is all made from scraps found in our metals shop.
I have one major concern at the moment, the tube might sit slightly higher than my mirrors can handle. If that is the case I am going to completely remake the entire case and move all the parts into my case.
This is something I have wanted to do for a long time. This might be the perfect time to create a mid-size open source laser cutter. I have found some amazing open source laser programs lately; might be the best time to try those out too!
If that happens there will be some photos and video updates!
I measured based off of the two lengths of square stock. Then I wanted to just bend it into a box that I could tack weld around the frame.
I needed to create a hinged door so that I can access the tube and properly seat it. I used some weldable hinges. They are super overkill but I had them laying around.
Not shown in photos but in the final video; I had to cut out part of the frame so I could smoothly put the tube in place.