I'd like to replace the LEDs and lenses of the lightcrafter with custom optics based around a low-power laser. Is it possible to remove these components without having to mechanically break anything? I am comfortable with the optical and electrical design, but I am concerned whether there are interlocks or pieces of plastic welded in place that will make this tricky. Thanks!
The optics of the LightCrafter can be replaced. I will upload an image of the LightCrafter with these components removed, and highlight the mechanical parts to be taken care of ASAP. Can you please mention the wavelength of the low-power laser you intend to use. Also, it would be helpful to know the end application.
Thanks & Regards,
I plan on using a 488 nm diode laser which will reflect off the DMD and be imaged at the sample plane of an inverted fluorescence microscope for dynamic patterned illumination. How do you overcome the interlock after removing the LEDs? I assume you need to tie some pin from the MSP430 to high voltage/ground? Is there a schematic available? Thanks
The light engine can be removed. Be careful, damage to the engine is not covered by warranty. Disconnecting the LED ribbon cable will power down the LED driver and the system will still work fine. We are in the process to upload the schematics and will take a few extra days.
To remove the light engine follow this procedure:
It might be easier for some to remove the post on the driver board before disconnecting the light engine. With the post removed, you can lift the driver board and light engine. Then disconnect the light engine from the driver board.
We are trying to do what you have done for structured illumination. How did this work out for you? What source did you use for the 488 nm light? We looked for LED's but could only find 470 nm. Thanks for any information you can provide.
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