Adding a Diode laser to my CO2 laser

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Eric Fletcher
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Adding a Diode laser to my CO2 laser

Post by Eric Fletcher »

How crazy am I? Anyone have ever done this? I was thinking of mounting the diode laser on the backside of my existing laser head. My Ruida 6445S will control two lasers so...

Am I crazy? Has anyone done this?
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Gene Uselman
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Re: Adding a Diode laser to my CO2 laser

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I am not sure what the advantage would be? And are not diode and CO2 lasers controlled completely differently?
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