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FLUX Beamo Review: An Easy and Compact CO2 Laser Cutter/Engraver

FLUX Beamo Review: An Easy and Compact CO2 Laser Cutter/Engraver
Ever since I saw a CO2 laser cutter in action at a maker space I visited, I always wanted to have one for my own workshop. The ability to cleanly cut and engrave materials with laser precision has all kinds of uses, from cutting out flat-pack models and puzzles, to adding logos and personalization to objects.

Summon Batman with This Mechanical Laser Light Show Device

Summon Batman with This Mechanical Laser Light Show Device
Lasers are always fun and this project is no exception. What you’re looking at is a hand-cranked device made from 3D printed parts, designed to project a pattern by quickly moving a laser. It was created by Los Angeles software developer Evan Stanford.
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This Pizza Box Robot Shoots a Laser in Your Eye

This Pizza Box Robot Shoots a Laser in Your Eye
“You’ll shoot your eye out kid!” That’s what someone should have told this kid. Northern Arizona University student and programmer Michael Reeves has built a sophisticated pizza box robot – one that uses a camera and facial recognition software to shoot a laser straight beam into your eye.

Swedish Supermarket Tattoos Labels on Produce with a Laser

Swedish Supermarket Tattoos Labels on Produce with a Laser
My kids loved apples growing up. The catch was that they refused to eat the apple if there was any hint of where the sticker used to be. You couldn’t just slice off that one bit of skin either, it had to be completely peeled away.

InstruMMents’ 01 Wants to Replace Your Tape Measure

InstruMMents’ 01 Wants to Replace Your Tape Measure
Most of us use a tape measure or ruler to measure things. It’s been that way for over a hundred years. Well, now a company called InstruMMents have unveiled a new dimensioning device that can replace the antiquated tape.

Review & Install: K40 RL360i Radar Detector & Optix Laser Defusers

Review & Install: K40 RL360i Radar Detector & Optix Laser Defusers
Speeding tickets suck. It’s not just the cost of the fine, but the potential for insurance increases, and the inconvenience of time spent either fighting the ticket and/or going to traffic school. But speeding tickets aren’t just something that leadfoots get.

Laser Diffraction Plate Turns Frickin’ Laser Beams into Frickin’ Art

Laser Diffraction Plate Turns Frickin’ Laser Beams into Frickin’ Art
Laser pointers are cool, especially the bright ones that you can use for popping balloons and harassing the cats on the next block over. After a while all that gets a bit boring though and you need something new and cool to do with your laser.

Iron Man Glove Shoots a Laser

Iron Man Glove Shoots a Laser
This real-life Iron Man glove shoots a bright blue laser and it looks amazing. This 3-watt laser is 3,000 times more powerful than a typical laser pointer. So basically, if your cat chases this and catches it, Fluffy will be toast.

Guy Builds a 200-Watt Laser Bazooka

Guy Builds a 200-Watt Laser Bazooka
Drake Anthony aka “styropyro“ is truly a mad scientist. Why you ask? Because he recently created a 200-watt laser bazooka. Just to give you an idea of the power that he is harnessing, a typical laser pointer is .005 watts, and even the most most powerful handheld lasers out there are just 3.5 watts.

DIY 7W Laser Lightsaber: The Force Ablindens

DIY 7W Laser Lightsaber: The Force Ablindens
Laser enthusiast Styropyro saw Allen Pan’s blowtorch lightsaber and decided to outshine it by making his own energy blade. It’s as scary as you think. Styropyro used a Nichia Gallium (III) Nitride laser to make his lightsaber.

DIY Death Star Laser Array Model: The Ultimate Power in the Living Room

DIY Death Star Laser Array Model: The Ultimate Power in the Living Room
Laser enthusiast Patrick Priebe rides on the Star Wars hype train by making a much smaller version of the Death Star’s superlaser. It may not be able to destroy planets, but it probably could blind a Rebel or two.

Makerarm Industrial Robotic Arm: One Stop & One Armed Shop

Makerarm Industrial Robotic Arm: One Stop & One Armed Shop
Last month we featured the Dobot, a precise robotic arm that can plot, laser engrave and pick and place objects. But if you’re looking for something even more versatile, the Makerarm might be for you. It can also draw, use a laser head and assemble objects, but you can also use it as a 3D printer, a PCB fabricator, a soldering station and even a screwdriver.

Hulkbuster Costume is Ready to Take on a Hulk Cosplayer

Hulkbuster Costume is Ready to Take on a Hulk Cosplayer
Veteran costume maker Thomas DePetrillo aka Extreme Costumes recently showed off his take on Iron Man’s Hulkbuster suit. The costume is 9’6″ tall and 6’6″ wide and has LED lights and eye lasers. Tom said it took him about $3,000 (USD) and a total of 1,600 hours spread out over two years to make the costume.

Skarp Laser Razor Never Needs Blades and Won’t Nick Your Kiwis

Skarp Laser Razor Never Needs Blades and Won’t Nick Your Kiwis
I know no one who actually likes to shave. I’ve tried everything from old school safety razors to electric razors to disposable razors with blades that cost $15 for three. They all suck and leave my skin burning after the fact.

Obi Laser Pet Toy: Force Distract

Obi Laser Pet Toy: Force Distract
Would you pay $80 for a laser pointer? It won’t even fit in your pants or help you pretend you’re Iron Man. But the Obi could keep pets off your back, and entertain them when you don’t have the energy or even when you’re not around.

Dobot High Precision Desktop Robot Arm: There is no Trybot

Dobot High Precision Desktop Robot Arm: There is no Trybot
Last year we featured the uArm, a desktop robot arm inspired by ABB industrial robots. It’s affordable and responsive, but it’s mostly a pick and place robot. The Dobot on the other hand appears to be precise enough for a variety of tasks.
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