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.

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

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