Introduction: DIY TINY PLASMA CUTTER

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This project is not very useful, but it's still fun.

Step 1: Watch the Video

Click here if the link above does not work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3zlN465Ojo

Step 2: What You'll Need

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You will need these tools:

_Alligator clips

_A power supply that can deliver a considerable amount of current (an ATX power supply is totally fine)

You'll also need these materials:

_Aluminium foil

_A paperclip

Step 3: The Wiring

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Connect a piece of foil to the ground an a unmade paperclip to the +12 volts.

Step 4: Let's Have Some Fun!

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Now, just just need to touch the edge of the foil with the paperclip and watch small plasma-arcs forming at the contact point. And if you need to cut a precisely shaped hole in a sheet of foil, this thing can even be useful! :D

Comments

Sahib I (author)2016-11-23

its not a plasma (just aluminum heated by high currency flow through thin conductor)

Yes it is (in the end of the video, at the beginning there are only sparks..)

Sahib I (author)2016-11-23

DO YOU WANT TO SEE REAL PLASMA click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7WJHn56l3k

l33tn00b (author)2016-11-16

How could this project be scaled up, to say, be able to weld aluminum??

You'll need some welding rods and MUCH more current. You can hack some microwave oven transformers to transform them into ''converters'' (just replace the second coil with a thick copper wire). Like this, your 12 volts and 32 amps from the beginning will become 1.5 volts and 75 amps, and then, you'll be maybe able to weld something.

75 amps will certainly melt something, but 1.5 volts isn't going to give you any penetration of the metal which is necessary for a strong weld.

True, but you can still weld metals witha very low melting point, like gallium (even if it's in the TOP 10 of the most useless things in the world).