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    Don't set yourself on fire

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    Don't set yourself on fire

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    Default Re: blowing glass with a laser

    Soooo cool

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    Default Re: blowing glass with a laser

    How does that not bounce around everywhere?

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    Default Re: blowing glass with a laser

    very cool, thanks for sharing

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    Default Re: blowing glass with a laser

    it be a cool micro hand torch.. too bad its a giant co2 laser

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    Default Re: blowing glass with a laser

    A light saber style torch would be sick!

    A geeky friend has been bugging me to make laser rigs. Instead of torches heating ti, a laser

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    Default Re: blowing glass with a laser

    A light saber style torch would be sick!

    A geeky friend has been bugging me to make laser rigs. Instead of torches heating ti, a laser

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    Default Re: blowing glass with a laser

    I believe they can control the focul length of the laser. If I understand what you mean correctly.
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    Default Re: blowing glass with a laser

    I think that's what the brick under it is for. As far as I know length isn't adjustable on normal lasers. I've had lengthy discussions about making rigs with lasers attached. We talked about having something catch the lazer when the domless is removed. I know you an adjust heat, width. Not sure about length though.

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    Whoa! That is freaking awesome!
    Laugh hard, it's a long way to the bank.

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    Default Re: blowing glass with a laser

    Focal length is controllable on CO2 lasers.


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    Default Re: blowing glass with a laser

    Is it cool? Yeah, it is. Is it practical? For 99% of stuff, I'm not too sure. It seems like technology for technology's sake, rather than to fulfill a real need.

    It strikes me as a little like buying a Segway to go 100 feet across the street to your neighbor's house. Yeah, the Segway is cool. But just walking over there is a lot cheaper and easier. It's hard to see anything in the video that couldn't be done just as easily - and a lot cheaper - using a torch.

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    Default Re: blowing glass with a laser

    Yeah but I believe that opens the possibility to make objects in zero gravity.

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    Default Re: blowing glass with a laser

    I've seen instructables on using the laser out of an old DVD burner to make a paper laser cutter. Maybe you can focus it well enough to heat up the end of your nail?

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    Default Re: blowing glass with a laser

    awesome link thanks menty
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    Default Re: blowing glass with a laser

    that second video they cut the tube have it a perfect polished opening and then seal it back together in about a minute pretty impressive.

    i imagine it would be used for the same reason they use lasers for welding aerospace stuff, theres a 0% margin for error if its something that has the potential to be extremely hazardous/expensive if it fails. a regular beaker like that it does seem ridiculously over complicated, but also the technology has to start somewhere. for those glass tubes that pipe liquid sodium i would rather trust a cnc laser lathe with a built in x-ray or whatever it is to make sure its a perfect weld.

    i imagine the heat is extremely focused compared to a torch. resulting in a thin heat affected area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dplaza View Post
    i imagine the heat is extremely focused compared to a torch. resulting in a thin heat affected area?
    Yep, I'd imagine. Might only work for quartz - could possibly just thermal shock chips off of boro - but probably high RPM on the glass and pulsing the laser could make it work for boro or higher COE.
    Last edited by dustyg; 05-28-2014 at 09:16 PM.

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    Default Re: blowing glass with a laser

    im sure we could put together a short co2 laser or a diode laser with a focus lens in a hand held version or a torch mounted version where you could use a beam spreader to have a larger heating area...

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    Default Re: blowing glass with a laser

    Very cool! I am currently building a dual moving chuck, CNC Glass lathe sized similar to my Litton F Lathe. The Litton is just too slow in moving parts in and out. Nice machine, but I need 10-15 units to get the production requirements. Will mostly be making vials and inserts from borosilicate tubing. I also have 2 of the Keyence micrometers show in the video. Very well made stuff from both companies. Thanks for posting Trevor. Was curious if anyone had done a dual moving chuck before?

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