Lets make sure out blue laser doesn’t burn itself
This is build log for the water cooling module for 3W 445 nm Blue Laser ( NDB 7875 ), to allow laser run at 2.4A for extended amount of time. Practically you can use any kind of laser diode in the standard AIXIS style 12mm module, current will be limited by capacity of FlexMod
What you need:
NDB 7875 445nm blue laser in 12mm host with G2 or 3 element glass lens.
shitty Evercool WC-202 with one extra NB/Videocard water block,
Flexmod P3 Laser Driver
2x DC-DC switching converters, 3A
1x DC-DC switching converters, 5A for Laser Driver
3D printed parts, STL files provided
3pin 80mm 12V fan
Waterblock enclosure: WaterBlockCaseLaser
Laser focusing ring: AixizFocusingAid
GoPro mount: goproMount
Check video of operational unit :
All 4 DC converters are mounted on acrylic base under the fan, fan connected to one of the ports on Evercool and intended to cool down primarily Flexmod driver. Also have 12V, 5V, 8V dedicated DC-DC converters, 8V is for laser driver and has to be 5A capable. 5V and 12V is for the Evercool module.
Cooling head consist of 2 video card cooling blocks on both sides of aluminium housing. Housing has 12mm hole for Laser host, and 4mm through hole for the wires.
All placed inside 3d printed hosing, which keeps everything nicely pressed together. There should be thermal compound applied between waterblocks and housing, also between laser host and housing.
Evercool module requires 5V and 12V to operate, output connected to the standard PC Molex plug.
Evercool water cooling module has control which suppose to display temperature ( thermocouple supplied but I broke mine ) hence using thermistors. Knob to control speed of the fans. There is a radiator and fan inside the unit as well as water pump and water reservoir. Evercool module monitors RPM of the fans and pump and beeps when one of the unit in not rotating. Here is the look inside:
It looks a bit cheesy but it works ok.
In my experiments it was able to keep temperature of the laser 22C and temperature of FlexMod driver 28C after 4 minutes of continuous run.
Any ides and improvements are welcomed. My next idea is to replace radiator with TEC module and run everything in 5-10C Range also replace aluminium housing with copper as I might get galvanic effect between Cu Water blocks and AL housing and degrade both.