Portable Cutting Device

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Current barrier breaching methods include devices that are limited to areas where they can be connected to the power grid or devices that are purely mechanical such as a battering ram.

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), has been a leader in novel uses of high power fiber lasers and ultra-short pulse lasers for the last decade. NSWC Crane has developed and patented a portable laser cutter that can be used to cut through most materials.

In the Portable Cutting Device, a laser has been married to lithium-ion batteries to create a portable laser system that is strong enough to cut through metal and other materials. Unique features of this system include the self-contained battery pack that allows for portability, the device's small size allows individuals to carry and its ability to cut through metal such as car wrecks, doors, or other obstacles.

Advantages:
-Self-contained
-High-powered laser system
-For use in hard to access locations and/or spatially-restrictive locations

Potential Applications:
-First Responders
-Firefighters
-Law Enforcement
-Military
-Remote Cutting
-Barrier Breaching
-Welding
-Underwater Applications
Jul 28, 2009
Utility Patent
United States
8,436,276
May 7, 2013
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