how to turn a laser pointer into a laser cutter?

does any one know how to turn a regular laser pointer into a laser that will burn somthing when you point it at it?

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westfw10 years ago
Keep in mind that the "small" 30W laser in the engraver Instructables gave away is about 6000 times more powerful than the 5mW that is the maximum a legal laser pointer is supposed to put out. It's more than 100 times more powerful than the 250mW (?) converted DVD-writer laser.
Kaiven10 years ago
check this out!
Brennn10 Kaiven10 years ago
Thats pretty cool.
The video is from an instructable..
i noticed LITTLE while later
gmoon10 years ago
The info in the 'laser flashlight' (from instructables and elsewhere on the web) is largely taken from this source:

Howto: Make a DVD Burner into a High-Powered Laser

I don't think you'll have much luck with a consumer laser pointer....
LasVegas10 years ago
It depends on the pointer. Some can be tweeked to boost the laser enough. Do a google search for "laser pointer hack" or "laser pointer mod" for lots of info about it.