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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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.