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Light saber...proof of concept

rog8811

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The idea has been buzzing around in my head for some time that I wanted to make a light saber using lasers.
I also wanted it to have an adjustable length blade that fully retracts.

I have now built a proof of concept model using 3 5mw greenies, I took a movie of it with a bit of smoke tonight, I had too many things to hold to be able the change blade length whilst filming so I have spliced a few clips together, I was holding the camera with one hand whilst holding wires to a battery for the lasers so it is a bit shakey.

Regards rog8811

EDIT I have changed the movie after changing a bounce mirror and doing a bit of wiring, this one shows the blade closing...
 

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Looks so cool, can't wait for the finished product. Nice work as always Rog.
 
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You rog never stop to astonish me with the things you make. But can you explain us what does this consist in? :D
 
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I'm assuming there's a rotating mirror on top, is there?
Cool stuff, can't wait for the pics!
 
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you know if rog has kids ,they tell tales of these master creations and trip out thier friends lol
 
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Wow.. Not sure what's going on (Not sure whether I'm supposed to know), but this sure seems like one intense creation. Good work!
 
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I have been toying with this idea also. I was thinking of using a power car antenna to raise and lower the blade cap. If you painted the antenna flat black I don't think you would even see it. This way you would get the allusion of the blade extending and retracting without seeing how its done. Nice work BTW.
 

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power car antenna to raise and lower the blade cap
That was one of the options I considered but the motor assembly is enormous....so I have used one of these...:whistle:
The orange bit at the back is a power driven tape measure.

Regards rog8811
 

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DP....Here it is in the cold light of day, as I say this is proof of concept, there is a lot to do to make this look like, what will end up being, a steampunk saber.

Regards rog8811
 

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Will the rod be sectional? There are quite a few machinists on the forum now, I'm sure you will not have a problem getting pieces made.
 




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