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Laser Rust Removal


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23 hours ago, '76Mintgrun'02 said:

that would be one stinky way to remove paint!

and you think sandblasting warps panels?


it is cool a cool tool though

In theory, there is zero panel warping, and the demo's I have seen support that.


Demos are demos and far from real world.


So the theory is that the laser heats the rust up to the point where it instantly turns into plasma.  A stream of compressed air blows the plasma (or gasses if the laser is not hot enough to make plasma) away from the work area. However, as soon as the laser hits clean steel, the steel reflects the beam and therefor stays cool.  Also the lasers are pulsing and not a constant beam, which gives the steel further resistance to heat induced warping.


However, and this should be fairly obvious, these things will make you blind in an instant if you are not careful.


It is really science fiction turned real.  These things kick ass over just about any form of media blasting and chem treatments.  



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Oh wow.  

When I said " Someday when they don't cost $20K." I was SOOOOO far off.

The unit in the video is a $500,000 machine.  So...  It will be a while before the cost comes down.  I'd joke that I could just sell my house for one, but, maybe if I had two houses.


Adapt Laser Systems also apparently makes a backpack unit with a 20KW laser.  Its far cheaper at only $80K.  

Here is the story: http://shortshift.co/laser-rust-removal/


I guess this is effectively still science fiction.  But, wow.  Its getting close to being a reality.


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The laser works by emitting a specific frequency for a specific material to take off the rust. So it would not work on aluminum unless the frequency is changed and it doesn't harm you if your hand is in the beam, not to say that it wouldn't blind you but in the videos they are wearing laser eye protection goggles. I can not really say more on how it works, I just read this from what someone else said.

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