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What is the difference between a burning laser and a laser pointer?

Monday, November 22, 2010 11:19:04 PM America/Los_Angeles

This question can be answered simply. A burning laser is a laser pointer that operates at a higher power output. But this simple answer has a lot of implications, depending on your needs; there is a laser for every occasion.

It would not be wise to use a burning laser to illuminate PowerPoints at business meetings, mostly due to the dangers of pocking the screen with burn marks or accidentally flash-blinding a board member, but also because it would just be too bright. It is likely that in a dark room, the beam of a burning laser would be visible where a laser pointer would only show a dot at the beam terminus. A visible beam is distracting in the wrong setting, and mesmerizing in the right one.

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Are Burning Lasers Capable of Engraving?

Sunday, November 7, 2010 11:06:20 PM America/Los_Angeles

To engrave is to personalize, to imbue objects with an unique imprint. Many things can be purposefully engraved, such as a baseball bat bearing the name of its owner, a gunstock with hand-designed checkering, or a minimalist desk with engraved partitioned ingoing and outgoing “boxes.” Engraving is also great for adding sentimental value- on picture frames, brass cups, or award plaques.

Using a burning laser is a fun and advantageous method of engraving. Using high-energy light to mark material means that there is no physical contact between the material and the source of heat, which allows for greater fluidity without the physical pressure. It also means that the tool will not need to be replaced nearly as frequently; with no scraping or gouging, nothing is being worn down aside from the occasional battery.

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What is Laser Holography?

Monday, October 18, 2010 11:59:52 PM America/Los_Angeles

After revolutionizing visual art and record-keeping, photography remains valuable, even though a photograph is an incomplete documentation of light’s interplay. Because the human brain is capable of inference and intuitive connections, a photograph makes sense, but the disclosure of dimensions is limited. This is where holography comes in. The prefix “holo-” means “whole” and “-graphy” indicates “picture-making.” So, photography- the making of pictures using light- isn’t making the whole picture, because it isn’t using the whole light, only as much reflection and diffusion as can be imprinted on a flat surface. All the colors are captured, but not the shape of the light. Holography started out with discoveries in the development of electron microscopes- microscopes that create pictures by bombarding objects with electrons, the tiny particles that partly comprise atoms- which meant that images could be created of objects much smaller than could be observed by light. What’s remarkable about electron microscope images is not only the quality, but the concept that they are being created without light, that it’s all based on the electrons being bounced off the surface of the object. Read More
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What Sets a Laser Hobbyist Apart?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 2:02:43 AM America/Los_Angeles

Here’s what: grabbing for the green-colored goggles when using a red laser. Testing the material of blackout curtains before hanging them on all windows in your designated laser room. Investing in ventilation, if not out-and-out exhaust ducting, before getting to work. Those are but three examples, but they all have major reasons behind them.

Before I get into the specific reasons, let me tell you, in broad strokes, why laser safety is so concerned with vision...

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How Can I Use My Burning Laser?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 11:23:35 PM America/Los_Angeles

Most likely you’ve already got something in mind to answer this question. If not, don’t sweat, there are always reasons to own a burning laser. These reasons range from the novel to the practical, from the ridiculous to the sublime, from the nobly scientific to the ignobly moronic- not that we, as purveyors, condone that.

The truth is that lasers are an underused technology. There are doubtlessly important applications waiting to be discovered, be it for science, industry, healthcare, et cetera. Those discoveries won’t come about in a faraway laboratory...

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