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    2x XM-L

    And so it begins:





    I'll keep you guys posted. Still need to figure out what driver to use, since i want each light head to have one for itself.

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    ooh, exciting <-rubs hands in anticipation->

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    Little progress can be seen

    Driver compartment ID=28mm (wonder what should fit in):



    OD: 34.5mm
    Length 50mm

    Rear cover is the next step.

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    looks good so far

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    No problems fitting a maxflex 22.86mm, b2flex 25.4mm
    Have you decided which leds your going to use?

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    I'll be using XM-L's that arrived from Cutter's a couple of days ago. Since George promised us a new driver to use with XM-L and LiIon, I'll have to wait for that one to along with some other parts I'm ordering right now. Maxflex or b2flex wouldn't be appropriate to drive XM-L at full 3 amps and h6flex is just a tad to big to fit in the housing so Lflex will be perfect solution for 2x XM-L and 2S2P LiIon pack. Meanwhile I'll just have to make some new housings for 3x XPG that came with the package including some Lisa2 9mm optics.

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    Rear cover finished! Now I'll just have to wait for rest of the parts to arrive





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    The round lights always look so good.
    Any ideas about the mount? Side or bottom?

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    Quote Originally Posted by odtexas
    The round lights always look so good.
    Any ideas about the mount? Side or bottom?
    if it's round, can it have a side or bottom? He he he, sorry, couldn't resist.

    Looking really good toaster. How is the rear held on, interference fit?

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    Hey Toaster that's some nice lathe work. I like the round bottom grooves. How did you manage to do them with no chatter?

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    Mounts? Dunno yet. I'll think of something wicked. Back will be screwed from the sides with tiny screws, or maybe I'll AA it in the body before finally closing it up. Interference fit is a no go, since I plan to mount a cable gland to in and it could be pulled out by a cable or shaken out by vibrations. Or maybe I'll just glue it in with some transparent silicone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetibetty
    Hey Toaster that's some nice lathe work. I like the round bottom grooves. How did you manage to do them with no chatter?
    On the first three pictures you can see triangular shaped cutter, which i had to grind a little by myself, the rest of the job did the sanding paper before polishing. Machining wasn't smooth all the way, but didn't have to do much sanding either. Just a touch with 400 grade paper.

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    Looking great Toaster.
    You guys and your dang machines make me so jealous.
    I may just have to sink my tax return into a Tiag micro lathe......= )
    Great work!
    Look, whatever happens, don't fight the mountain.

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    I've been busy making some ali chips:

    First try wasn't really a success, since I started on the wrong end of the housing


    But the second try was a bit better:


    Bottom of the driver compartment is a bit raised in the middle to attach the lFlex, and there's still some place beneath for the LED leads:


    Front side is machined to accept the modified Iris:


    The fit is so tight, once you put the optics inside, you'll have troubles getting it out, because you can feel vacuum pulling it back inside, so need to drill holes for the leads, before trying to put the optics inside the housing:



    Got me some Hirschmann 4 pin IP67 connectors with 4A rated cable and some surface mount sockets, but will have to find a M8x0.5 tap to screw the sockets in the back covers since I don't want to waste place inside the cover with a nut:


    Still waiting for the lFlex boards, some 5000mAh RC LiPo packs and mom switches.

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    Looks awesome! I'm really curious about the mount creation...

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    I've been thinking about some carbon fiber, to gain some weight

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    Some more ali chips to clean up, and some grams added to light head:

    Rear cover finished and I think I like it :





    Just some final touch so It will be a nice little shiny one just like the one before.

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    looks fantastic. Good job.

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    Thanks mate

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    Preping some material for the mounts:

    Applying some foil on the ali bar, which has a bit larger diameter than the housing


    Some masking tape before cutting s strip of the carbon fiber


    Attaching the strip to the bar so it doesn't slip while being twisted around the bar


    Mixing epoxy resin and hardener


    All set for the oven


    A soon as the epoxy sets it will be removed from the bar, stuck in the lathe to get the proper ID and OD, than follows the aestethic part of the job, by applying another layer or two of the carbon fiber. In the end I'll cut it into smaller stripes and drill some holes for the mounting pads.

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    Cool.
    That's something new.
    Can't wait to see how the CF holder turns out.

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    That's my solution for double Regina head lamp i built, but the bottom part made of carbon fiber is also a diver compartment for maxflex, that's why there's ali board on the bottom of it.


    The one for the XM-L will be something similar, but a single light head mount with a U shaped bracket, so there will be some tilt avaliable for the light head, and grooves on the sides for the velcro straps. The firs light in this thread goes on the bars, with identical bracket, but different bar mount.

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    Great build toaster. Love watching these creations come to life. The XML's have ceratainly stirred up some DIY activity. the carbon fiber will make a nice touch. I have toyed with using it in my builds but it's very hard to find affordable stockists in Australia.

    As for your tap for the rear cable socket this one is pretty creap http://cgi.ebay.com.au/M8-X-0-5-D5-P...6#ht_500wt_925 compared the $40 I paid for mine at the local tooling shop for my M8 socket


    I look forward to seeing the finished article .

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    That's a nice job. I do like the carbon fiber. When do we get some beamshots?

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    You'll get beamshots as soon as the lFlex boards arrive

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