Extracting a Laser Diode Driver from a DVD Burner

While looking for projects to salvage from an outdated PC desktop, GreatScottLab created this tutorial on Instructables for how to extract a Laser diode driver from a DVD burner, and then how to setup the constant current source necessary to operate it. Note: not a tutorial suitable for those without experience with DIY laser safety protocols. Via Dangerous Prototypes:

In this project I will show you how I extracted a laser diode from a DVD Burner which should have the power to ignite a match. In order to power the diode correctly I will also demonstrate how I build a constant current source which delivers a precise and steady current to the load....

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