Synrad Model 048-1-28 RF Driven Carbon Dioxide Laser, 12 W Max
(The following 5 photos and descriptions provided courtesy of: Wes Ellison
Well here is my latest addition. Picked it up from a friend who bought a
pallet of medical equipment and he didn't know what it was. So he asked if
I wanted to buy it. I asked how much and he says 'Ummm...I paid $100 for
the pallet, how about $100". Needless to say, I almost broke my arm trying
to get my wallet out of my back pocket! I hooked it up and it worked
perfectly. Best $100 I ever spent... Well there was once in Cancun but that's
another story for another time. :)
View 01 - Synrad RF CO2 laser rated at 12 watts and the
control box which will supply a 50% burst of power or adjustable power from
0 to 100%. At 100% power, it requires water cooling which is what those rails
along the side and top hold, the cooling lines.
View 02 -This is the business end of this bad little guy.
View 03 - View of the +28 VDC power supply at 7 amps which is what drives
the RF section. The RF section is a 140 watt 46 MHz transmitter that is
transmitting into a optical waveguide. Since the laser is 12 watts output
with 140 watts input, the efficiency of the laser is a whopping 11.6% !!!!
View 04 - And now for the good part! This is the little beast in action.
as it sets a piece of wood on fire at 50% burst!!!!
View 05 - At 75% power it really smokes! Too bad it is at 10.6 um IR as
I can imagine what a red beam would look like at that power level!!!! :)