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DrSimons - Giant Fresnel Lens Deathray: An Experiment in Optics - Universal Laser Cutter Finalist! Answered

To see who won the VersaLaser, read the announcementhere.

DrSimons was a finalist in the 2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest for:
I'm really amazed my instructable has made it to the finalists, as It's only my second one! Not only that, I'm getting a lot of votes (but keep them coming please!!!)

If I win the laser cutter, things are really gonna get good around here...I already have dozens of excellent projects that would suddenly become possible, and am only just getting into the DIY scene. That means there are 100s, perhaps 1000s of projects in my future, and with such an excellent way to prototype large designs, make small parts, customize/art-ize everything imaginable, I really can't tell you how many fun, creative projects I'll come up with. I am a huge lover of desktop fabrication, love working with high quality tools, going to be learning how to weld as soon as possible. So please vote for me!!!

My vision for the laser cutter:
  • Amazing paper/origami projects like the pop-up pyramid - I am totally into advanced origami like insects and sheets of fish scales
  • 3D cardstock topographic maps
  • Custom parts for innumerable future projects
  • Custom engraved office supplies, artwork, furniture, cutting boards, cell phones, jewelry, pens, etc....
  • Custom puzzles, chess boards, clocks, car upholstery, artistic lamps, textiles, etc....
  • Laser-cut methods for PCBs (possibly?)
  • High-precision models, mock-ups of designs
  • Mathematical shapes (such as parabolas), super-detailed, multi-layered stencils
  • And much...much more

For those of you who haven't read through the whole instructable, here are some of the highlights:


wow, you have my vote and lots of karma for making such a cool death ray.

You have my vote

You got my vote!!!! the sun is amazing....

O my god... I think ive fallen in love... (with the death ray!) My vote is here!

I voted for this project. It will be interesting to see what you can build with the laser!

Thanks for all your votes guys!

OMG. A death ray. That is sooo super-special-awesome. My vote goes here.

you definently have my vote!!!!!!

Ive voted for you. Great idea!!

You have my vote! And why not make when it is practically free? I will probably make it over the summer when I don't have to deal with all of the busywork in school.

AHHHH my babes! I heart ur deathray--u win my vote!

Simplified, effective project and I'm sure more great ones to come if you had the LaserCutter, sooo...I'm with ya!


10 years ago

Great job! You have my vote.

If you don't vote for this, shame. Shame.

It's got my vote.

Who doesn't want a massive death ray? You have my vote!