"Real" Dead Space Plasma Cutter Starts Actual Fires

"Real" Dead Space Plasma Cutter Starts Actual Fires

A "laser weapons hobbyist" has built a full-scale replica of the Dead Space plasma cutter that packs enough punch to burn wood, melt plastic and ruin your day.

I had no idea that "laser weapons hobbyist" was even a thing, and now that I do I kind of want to be one. Alas, all I know about lasers is that you're not supposed to shoot them into your eye and I can barely even plug a soldering iron in without starting a small fire, so this sort of creation is well and forever beyond my reach - which given its destructive potential is probably good for everyone.

Patrick Priebe's DIY plasma cutter won't actually slice limbs off of Necromorphs (or anything else, for that matter) but it will burn wood with a quickness that verges on alarming thanks to a pair of 1500-milliwatt blue lasers. Three 30-watt green lasers make it sexy and the head even swivels, just like the not-real thing, to facilitate both vertical and horizontal pyromania. It's powered by four lithium ion batteries, weighs just under 4.5 pounds and took a whopping 200 hours to build.

And it can be yours! The builder says he won't release the plans for the device or provide any tutorials, but he will sell the original if he gets the right offer. What that offer might be, he does not say, but as usual I suspect that if you have to ask, you can't afford it.


...ohmygodiwantonesomuchtakeallofmymoneynow. How long until EA sues him?

Just a small typo in your article there Andy.

Must. Get. Power. Armor......with. It.....

That would make the most epic cigarette lighter EVAR!

Just imagine what he could build if DARPA funded this.


I didn't even like Dead Space but that is just beyond awesome..

Holy crap balls! Fund this guy some money and have him make Issac's armor from Dead Space 2 as well :D.

Does this mean the Star Wars intro must be changed from "In a galaxy far far away..." to "In a future not so far away..."??

He spent 200+ hours on this thing but couldn't be bothered to spend a few minutes aligning the lasers?

so he just refined existing props.. hmm.

check this one out

i'd like to note that the lasers used are kinda insanely expensive, so it's not exactly practical to make a lot of these

This is awesome and all, but is it weird that my takeaway is that the front opens the wrong way? The tip extends along the long axis, not the short in the games.

Holy crap balls! Fund this guy some money and have him make Issac's armor from Dead Space 2 as well :D.

This guy makes a lot of awesome stuff, a couple of years back he and I were discussing joint work on a working laser or plasma rifle.

Sadly it would have cost thousands of dollars that neither of us had available at the time.

here was the pistol version that was made though

well lasers burn stuff, duh. but this look quite close, now make the AA defence laser that was tested in germany last year smaller and you got yourself a laser weapon.

This will be fun to use if I got a hold of it.


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