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Amazing Laser Welding Machine

Amazing Laser Welding Machine

This incredible tech from DMG MORI is a single machine that can create metal objects using a process called laser deposition welding, which melts a metallic powder into a desired form. It can then mill the parts to further refine them.

Laser-Cut City & State Maps

Laser-Cut City & State Maps
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So you loved Karen O’Leary’s intricate handmade map but can’t afford it? CutMaps has the next best thing – a series of laser-cut maps from sheets of steel, EVA foam, or plywood. While the stainless maps are small, they’re a total bargain.

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Cleaning with a Laser 2

Cleaning with a Laser 2

We’ve seen a laser vaporize rubber off of metal. Here’s another mesmerizing display of the beam’s mighty cleaning power. Watch as Laser Age’s machine makes grime disappear from a baking tray, leaving no residue behind.

US Navy Laser Weapon System

US Navy Laser Weapon System

The US Navy’s Laser Weapons System (LaWS) is a ship-mounted beam weapon. The 30kW weapon fires an invisible infrared beam that is powerful enough to take down drones and speedboats while reducing collateral damage.

Police Chopper vs. Laser Prankster

Police Chopper vs. Laser Prankster

The West Midlands Police shows why you should never aim a laser pointer at an aircraft. First of all, it can distract or even temporarily blind the pilot. Second, you’re literally pointing out exactly where you are.

Laser Collar Toy

Laser Collar Toy
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ThinkGeek’s collar-mounted laser pointer will turn your pet into Laser Cat. Before you rub your hands and let out a maniacal laugh, just know that it could backfire. Lasers can blind you after all. Does not come with collar.

Handheld Laser Cutter

Handheld Laser Cutter

A laser pointer times 10,000, this incredibly powerful 5 Kilowatt device by TWI can be used for making quick work of metal demolition and decommissioning work. Now if we can just get one with a backpack power supply…

Death Ray Drone

Death Ray Drone

If you think Jaimie Mantzel’s Attacknids are cool, check out what DIY Laser Guy did to the toy robot. He attached a 5W blue laser to a Stryder Attacknid and made it so he could fire the blinding beam via remote. Pew pew at 1:05.

Cleaning with a Laser

Cleaning with a Laser

Want to get layers of dirt and grime off your stuff? Why not hit it with a 500-watt laser beam like these guys. To put things in perspective, the searing bright Spyder III Arctic laser has 1 watt. Not clean enough for you? Try 1000 watts.

Homemade Lightsaber

Homemade Lightsaber

Wicked Lasers is constantly harping on about how powerful – and dangerous – its 500mW Spyder III Krypton laser is. Well, YouTuber styropyro’s homemade laser produces a 3W beam. Watch it destroy a bunch of objects.

Wooden Records

Wooden Records

Engineer Amanda Ghassaei has come up with a method to use a laser cutter to create playable records using wood instead of vinyl. While the sound fidelity isn’t great, we’re still impressed that they play at all. Learn how at Instructables.

Laser vs. 100 Baloons

Laser vs. 100 Baloons

What happens when you point a custom-made 500 milliwatt Blu-ray laser beam at a line of 100 black balloons? This, my friends, this. It takes the powerful laser just eight seconds to sear through every single one of the balloons.

Whistling with Lasers

Whistling with Lasers

By using a Spyder III Krypton green laser beam to light strips of flash paper set into bottles with a small amount of alcohol in them, WorldScott puts on not only a cool, but short pyrotechnics show, but plays a little tune.

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Laser Map Cutting

Laser Map Cutting

If you’ve never seen laser cutting up close and personal, here’s a nifty little video that shows off a map of Atlanta, Georgia being precision-cut with a computer-guided laser cutter. Buy the maps here.

XFire Bike Safety Light

XFire Bike Safety Light
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An ingenious bike light that adds a pair of red laser-powered lane markers on either side of you, alerting drivers to keep their distance, and increasing visibility. Also has a bright LED tail light.

Keychain Virtual Keyboard

Keychain Virtual Keyboard
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A pocket-size version of the popular laser virtual keyboard, this compact new model pairs with smartphones, tablets and any other Bluetooth-enabled device to provide a tabletop typewriter.

LaserSaber

LaserSaber

Attach the 32″ LaserSaber to one of Wicked Lasers’ powerful Spyder III laser pointers, and you’ll have yourself the closest thing to an honest-to-goodness lightsaber this side of the Jedi Academy.

Laser Balloon Targeting

Laser Balloon Targeting

Laser beams can be fun (and a little dangerous), as is demonstrated by this setup in which a number of balloons are sequentially targeted by lasers and eventually blown to smithereens.

Laserman: Derezzed

Laserman: Derezzed

The master of lasers works his light-bending magic in Disneyland’s ElecTRONica. We love the part where he “picks up” the laser beams and twirls them like batons. How do you do that again?

True 3D Display

True 3D Display

AIST and Keio University have invented a device that projects true three-dimensional images in mid-air or underwater. Two things: the flicker isn’t bad in person, and holy crap, that kid is an engineer?!

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Spyder III Krypton Laser

Spyder III Krypton Laser

Wicked’s new laser has a range of 85 miles, so no aiming at any orbiting satellites, because it could mess up their sensors. It can also blind pilots since it’s 8,000 times brighter than the sun. Whoa.

DIY Laser Lighter

DIY Laser Lighter

Ever wanted to know how to modify a cheap Bic lighter into a laser pointer that still lights a cigarette? Thanks to kipkay, now we all do. Kids: pretend that you don’t. (Thanks Benton!)

Spyder III Arctic Laser

Spyder III Arctic Laser
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This 1W laser not only cranks out a tremendously intense beam thanks to the blue-laser diode from a Casio projector, it looks like a lightsaber, and can inflict serious damage, even from a distance.

Speed of Light: Laser Furniture

Speed of Light: Laser Furniture

Be careful when trying to sit on this furniture – you might just end up with your butt on the floor. While sofas and tables made from laser beams and fiber optics look really cool, they sure aren’t practical.

Laser Diode Stage Suit

Laser Diode Stage Suit

Look away from the light – this stage jacket from Taiwan-based designer Wie-Chieh Shih is loaded with 200 laser diodes and gives a fresh meaning to the phrase “you’ll shoot your eye out.”

Laser Printed Skull Rings

Laser Printed Skull Rings
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Nobody will question your masculinity with these tough-ass looking skull rings from Duann Scott. Each one is designed using 3D modeling software, then laser-sintered together, particle-by-particle.

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