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14th Sep '17 7:06:48 PM DaNuke
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In difficult surgeries, operators often turn to lasers for their cutting rather than a "knife" or scalpel. In this case, the laser is usually vaporizing watery tissue or disrupting molecular bonds more than "cutting" but the appearance is the same. Lasers are also used to reshape surfaces, close wounds, irradiate cells or simply point out areas without intending to affect them but the cutting aspect has really caught on in fiction where lasers go beyond scalpels and take the place of pickaxes, drills, saws, or razor wire.

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In difficult surgeries, operators often turn to lasers for their cutting rather than a "knife" or scalpel. In this case, the laser is usually vaporizing watery tissue or disrupting molecular bonds more than "cutting" but the appearance is the same. Lasers High power lasers are also used in metalworking to reshape surfaces, close wounds, irradiate cells cut sheet metal with micrometric precision, either by vaporizing the metal itself or simply point out areas without intending by acting as a guide for a higher-powered tungsten cutter. Smaller lasers are also used by artists, architects and engineers to affect them but cut cardboard pieces for dioramas and printed circuit boards.

As a result of all these cutting-related applications,
the cutting aspect has really caught on in fiction where lasers go beyond scalpels and take the place of pickaxes, drills, saws, or razor wire.
wire -- despite the fact that lasers are also used to reshape surfaces, close wounds, irradiate cells, pointing out areas without intending to affect them, or even to just calibrate measuring tools or for measuring distance and speed.
25th Feb '17 11:21:35 AM nombretomado
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* The Tactical Laser System from ''AceCombat'' is swept around to cut targets up, rather than a stereotypical [[FrickinLaserBeams laser cannon]].

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* The Tactical Laser System from ''AceCombat'' ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' is swept around to cut targets up, rather than a stereotypical [[FrickinLaserBeams laser cannon]].
20th Feb '17 5:05:51 AM AceOfScarabs
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* A well-focused and coherent Class IV laser can cut/burn through less durable objects like those made of soft plastics, paper, and similar materials. You can find Youtube videos of Class IV lasers being used to pop balloons, burn through optical discs, and set flammable objects alight.
14th Oct '16 3:02:08 AM Chabal2
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* In the second ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' book. [[DaChief Commander Root]] and [[LoveableRogue Mulch Diggums]] recall a diamond cutter Mulch used in one of his previous escapades. Notably he almost took Root's head off with it at one point.

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* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'':
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In the second ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' book. second book, [[DaChief Commander Root]] and [[LoveableRogue Mulch Diggums]] recall a diamond cutter Mulch used in one of his previous escapades. Notably he almost took Root's head off with it at one point.
** It's also mentioned that laser weapons are illegal to own. Mining lasers aren't, and wouldn't you know it, sombody performed the obvious modifications and started selling them.


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* ''VideoGame/WingsOfLiberty'' has a level in which you cut through several otherwise-invulnerable doors of an alien temple with a building-sized laser drill that fires continuously over several screens away. Halfway through it turns out you can use it against the Protoss units sent against you (and even their heavily-defended bases).
19th Sep '16 1:19:44 PM aawood
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14th Sep '16 1:15:13 AM PaulA
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* Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/EndersGame'' prequel novel ''Earth Unaware'' has [[AsteroidMiners asteroid mining]] ships using laser drills to cut through asteroid crust to get to the valuable minerals. When the drill is working, the ship is using thrusters firing opposite the laser to counteract the push of the laser on the ship. When the laser hits a pocket of ice, it burns through it very quickly, causing the ship to pitch forward (unfortunately, this means that Card doesn't understand the difference between firing an energy beam and pushing at an object with a stick; it's the firing that causes the push on the ship, not the impact of that laser beam on something else).

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* Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/EndersGame'' prequel novel ''Earth Unaware'' ''Literature/EarthUnaware'' has [[AsteroidMiners asteroid mining]] ships using laser drills to cut through asteroid crust to get to the valuable minerals. When the drill is working, the ship is using thrusters firing opposite the laser to counteract the push of the laser on the ship. When the laser hits a pocket of ice, it burns through it very quickly, causing the ship to pitch forward (unfortunately, this means that Card doesn't understand the difference between firing an energy beam and pushing at an object with a stick; it's the firing that causes the push on the ship, not the impact of that laser beam on something else).
26th Aug '16 6:54:18 PM ironcommando
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* In ''VideoGame/TinyAndBig'', this is Tiny's way of manipulating the environment. By using the laser to slice objects, Tiny is able to use the pieces makeshift platforms that can then be moved around with a rope or rocket attachments.
22nd Aug '16 8:24:38 PM BiffJr
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* In ''ComicBook/StrikeforceMorituri'', Shear could project a "razor force" from his hands that could cut nearby objects on a molecular level. The villainous Tiger had a similar ability.
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22nd Aug '16 7:35:07 PM Mhazard
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* The CO2 laser is commonly used for industrial works for cutting and welding, although the beam itself is invisible.

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* The CO2 Carbon Dioxide ([=CO2=]) laser is commonly used for industrial works for cutting and welding, although the beam itself is invisible.
22nd Aug '16 7:34:31 PM Mhazard
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* The CO2 laser is commonly used for industrial works for cutting and welding, although the beam itself is invisible.
* The Blue Laser can also burn and cut objects, which can be used for engraving.
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