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I have constructed a cost-effective mechanical laser shutter system for our 1064 IR-laser. System contains a mechanical shutter, a control box and a power supply. There are many shutter systems available commercially; mechanical, semi-mechanical, electromagnetic and optical. Most of the systems are expensive and above $1000. These systems are fast (msecs to micro secs) and precise. In our case we needed a shutter which is precise and cost effective but not that fast. Some of the specifications of the system:

  • Type mechanical with electronic control. Can also be controlled by a micro controller.
  • Aperture 10mm.
  • Open time 1.5 second, .3 second over the beam waist.
  • Cost $ 30 excluding the power supply.
  • Operational voltage 3.3, 5 and 12 volts.
  • Laser intensity upto 10 W.

There might be many ways to make a mechanical shutter; I used eclipsing technique in which a shutter moves over and across an aperture through which the beam passes. To move the shutter I used an electric motor and a gear box. This method is relatively tuff because of the motor timing. While working on this I got couple of ideas of achieving the same goal: A 6 inches audio speaker with/without a micro controller can be converted in to a shutter (I will use this method if I plan to make a shutter for He-Ne) OR simply an electromagnet with a cantilever can be used as a shutter. The advantages of such a systems are, easy to make and similar in speed to commercially available systems.


There are three major parts of the system.

  • Shutter.
  • Control box.
  • Power supply.

The components used:


  • Glade automatic air spray: Air spray uses a motor and gearbox to mechanically operate the spray bottle.
  • Thorlab Cage System Removable Filter Holders CFH1: To make shutter holder.
  • Two 3 inches cage assembly rods: To install the shutter holder on the skin of air spray.
  • Black aluminum foil: To make the shutter.

Control Box

  • 2 3-pole on/off switch
  • 1 Push on/off button
  • 1 Resistor 100K Ohm
  • 2 Resistor 10K Ohm
  • 1 Resistor 100 Ohm trimmer (pot)
  • 1 Resistor 1.5k Ohm
  • 3 Resistor 240 Ohm
  • 1 1N4148 diode
  • 1 0.1uF 50V Ceramic Capacitor
  • 1 222uF Radial Electrolytic Capacitor
  • 1 npn KD-7B C1815 Y transistor
  • 2 14 pin DIP IC Socket Adaptor Solder Type
  • 2 RED LED 3mm
  • 1 Yellow LED 3mm
  • 1 A-5032 Prototyping Board 300x400 mm
  • 1 12V relay
  • 1.5m red, black, green and yellow wires
  • 1 6X8 cm aluminum box.