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Old 09-14-2011, 08:46 PM   #1
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Default Laser to melt small hole through large snow piles?

Was very curious about this one.

Has anyone here tried setting up a powerful laser pointer in one spot and melting a small hole through several feet of snow? Certainly someone has thought of this before!
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Default Re: Laser to melt small hole through large snow piles?

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Was very curious about this one.

Has anyone here tried setting up a powerful laser pointer in one spot and melting a small hole through several feet of snow? Certainly someone has thought of this before!
snow is very reflective so it probably wont work
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Default Re: Laser to melt small hole through large snow piles?

This video should answer your question..
Powerful laser smashes ice - YouTube
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Default Re: Laser to melt small hole through large snow piles?

it has crossed my mind to shine through snow but winter is not here yet

EDIT: @ LOL at the videoo

I was sure he was going to smack it with the laser

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Default Re: Laser to melt small hole through large snow piles?

A CO2 laser pointed out the window should work.
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Default Re: Laser to melt small hole through large snow piles?

Shining a laser through falling snow at night is actually quite beautiful IMHO... but yeah, aside from much higher powered lasers, snow is far too reflective to melt.
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Default Re: Laser to melt small hole through large snow piles?

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A CO2 laser pointed out the window should work.
You are correct sir!

I will be attempting that this winter! ^^

Edit: joking ofc.
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Old 09-14-2011, 11:55 PM   #8
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Default Re: Laser to melt small hole through large snow piles?

I would think that the CO2 laser would also melt the glass =p Or at least burn a hole in it.
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You could open the window..0o
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Default Re: Laser to melt small hole through large snow piles?

We don't ever get snow here, so I haven't been able to try it with my CO2 laser, but 10.6um is absorbed by water very well

The problem is, snow is pretty dense, so I'm not sure how quickly or much you could melt through. You'd probably have to try it and see.
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Default Re: Laser to melt small hole through large snow piles?

Guyfromhe - I thought the same thing when I saw that video...worthless.
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Ir laser might be better?
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Not sure how you came up with that.. It surely wouldn't do better then a Co2 laser..
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We don't ever get snow here, so I haven't been able to try it with my CO2 laser, but 10.6um is absorbed by water very well

The problem is, snow is pretty dense, so I'm not sure how quickly or much you could melt through. You'd probably have to try it and see.
*runs and gets the snow cone machine.

*pulls up youtube upload page

I'll get this experiment going then. All I need is some snow and a video camera. I'll try tomorrow sometime.

Heck, I've also wanted to try out dry ice under the beam of my CO2.

CO2 laser + dry ice = irony yes?
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*runs and gets the snow cone machine.

*pulls up youtube upload page

I'll get this experiment going then. All I need is some snow and a video camera. I'll try tomorrow sometime.

Heck, I've also wanted to try out dry ice under the beam of my CO2.

CO2 laser + dry ice = irony yes?
Hmmmm, that gives me an idea, what do you think a 1W would do to dry ice?
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