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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!
 

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

EDIT: @ LOL at the videoo :D:D:D

I was sure he was going to smack it with the laser :D:D:D:D
 
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InfinitusEquitas

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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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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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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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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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