posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 08:50 PM
This forum really needs a hobby section.
I want to build a CO2 laser. I have seen many plans on the internet for them, and they seem to be well within my techinical ability and price range.
I am thinking in the neighborhood of 100 or 200 watts. Enough power to cut metal or vaporize other materials.
I used to want to build a rail gun, but it seems like too much of a pain in the rear end. And the power you get out of it is negligible unless you
have really expensive equipment.
Laser tubes are so easy to make, and so cheap, that I thought it might be fun.
Imagine the fun of burning holes in stuff with an IR beam.
Anyone here ever do this, or have any suggestions?