Easiest Way to Make a Laser Burn

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Introduction: Easiest Way to Make a Laser Burn

Ive always been fascinated by lasers they are just such neat devices, the only problem is after a while you get a little bored just shining them at things. I always wanted the 007 laser that will just slice through anything, while this instructable wont give you that but it will let you easily slice through the black trashbag or electrical tape that Dr. No has tied you up with. All you need to be able to do it is a cheap 5mw laser from ebay and a small lens.

Dont expect crazy amount of power from this just enough to make dark plastics smoke, pop dark balloons from close range, and maybe if youre lucky light a black match.

Step 1: How It Works

Seeing this diagram might help you understand why a lens will seemingly increase the amount of power a laser puts out. Its clear that it doesnt actually increase the amount power it just focuses it at a specific point, this is one drawback to this burning method because your laser wont behave like a normal laser point after this because past the focal point your beam will diverge, acting more like a flashlight. This is why I wanted to make my lens attachment removable so I can go back to a normal laser pointer whenever I want to.

Which laser to use? In my experience the best bang for you buck is to get the 405nm blue/violet laser not only does it look awesome, change color when it hits light colored clothing, and light up glow in the dark objects, but according the second diagram because its wavelength is shorter it also has higher energy than the other two. However another thing to consider is the mW's your laser produces I believe given the same mW a violet laser will burn the best but a 40mW green is probably more powerful than a 5mW violet. Its really up to you, what you have, what you want to do with it, what you want to spend, and whats legal where you live. I found all three of my lasers for $15.00 on ebay so decided to try all three.

Step 2: Parts

To make a burning laser the most important part is the laser, I got three; a red, a green, and a violet/blue. They are all rated at 5mw although I do not have a meter to verify this. Wavelengths are 650nm, 532nm, and 405nm respectively.

The other critical piece you will need is a lens, I am no expert but I believe the lens should be convex I explain in the why it works step.

The last part is how you will attach the lens to your laser I show two ways in this instructable first is the dead simplest just electrical tape it onto the end, this is the fastest way to get burning and is a good thing to try out if you want to decide if its worth it making a better mount.

After playing with the electrical tape I decided I wanted a nicer looking and more durable yet removable attachment method so I turned an adapter out of delrin on my lathe. You can really use your imagination for this part, you can use anything you have around you, in one of my videos seen in the last step you I made an adapter out of an old magic marker.

Step 3: Get Your Lens

Find a source with a relatively high quality convex lens plastic is preferable but glass will work also(thanks merlinjim). It only needs to be as wide as your lasers beam. I found that the front lens on these same cheap ebay lasers works quite well so I found a dead green laser and using needle nose pliers simply unscrewed it.

Step 4: Attachment (electrical Tape)

Dead easy, just line up the plastic housing and tape away. Electrical tape is nice because it holds strong enough and looks decent.

Step 5: Attachment (delrin)

This creates a much more professional look but in turn requires much more work, the nice thing is it is easily removable and can be used on any of these lasers.

The design varies based on the type of lens you use and what size it is, for me I just cut the lens off of the rest of the housing and drilled a hole for it in the delrin. Then I bored a hole that was a loose press fit onto the silver part on the front of the laser, it was a fun and easy project because delrin is so nice to machine.

In the final picture you can see magic marker lens holder a made a few years ago, just to show you can make just about anything work.

Step 6: Burn

Now that youve mounted your lens its time to burn some stuff. First video shows the three lasers in this instructable and the second video is my older one that shows some fun you can have with it. Be carefull while doing this the beam is very focused and that light that bounces off could easily blind you.

In the first video it appears that the green is the weakest this is because I had been using the green the most and wore the batteries down.




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    51 Comments

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    NerdLabsTech
    NerdLabsTech

    5 months ago

    if you want more burning power you can use a laser diode from a DVD-RW drive but you need to wear green laser safety goggles to avoid going blind

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    build it code it use it
    build it code it use it

    Reply 3 months ago

    I made a laserpointer and put it in a 40x stargaser telescope and pointed it at a watermellon and it burned half way through before I turned it off.

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    Schmidty16
    Schmidty16

    8 years ago on Introduction

    would a laser diode from an portable cd player work

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    NerdLabsTech
    NerdLabsTech

    Reply 5 months ago

    yes but the laser would be invisible(but still burn)

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    TheMaster11
    TheMaster11

    6 years ago

    just asking but is this legal in singapore?

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    Eric547
    Eric547

    Reply 1 year ago

    I don't think so. Just don't show the police!

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    BMXfreestyler112_
    BMXfreestyler112_

    Reply 3 years ago

    it should be legal everywhere!!

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    Kutluhan
    Kutluhan

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Nobody will ask you the mw calculatings of this device. Because they don't know how it works. So don't be afraid.

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    Disasterific
    Disasterific

    Question 2 years ago

    Where can we find the convex lens?

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    HL3000
    HL3000

    Question 2 years ago

    Where can I find this magnifying lense?

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    KuldeepS64
    KuldeepS64

    4 years ago

    how to make small laser hair removal machine. Like this handy machine or veet laser hair removal machine

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    KuldeepS64
    KuldeepS64

    4 years ago

    how to make small laser hair removal machine. Like this handy machine or very laser hair removal machine

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    cdc285
    cdc285

    6 years ago on Step 6

    Do you know why it only burns dark materials?

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    KenH2
    KenH2

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Because the color "black" absorbs light and the color "white" reflects light. That is why it looks brighter when you point a laser at a white material and dimmer on a black material. I hope this was helpful to you.

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    kellerra78
    kellerra78

    Reply 5 years ago

    Black is not a color but the absence of one..