Man creates real-life Star Wars lightsaber that cuts through metal

Runs on propane gas and turned into a superheated beam of plasma via laminar flow
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A YouTuber/Engineer has created the world’s first real-life plasma retractable Star Wars lightsaber that heats up over 2,000°C and can slice through metal.

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The popular influencer from Canada, James Hobson, known as “the Hacksmith“, has over 10 million subscribers on YouTube. He is also well known for turning science fiction into reality.

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The real-life lightsaber.

The lightsaber, inspired by Star Wars, runs on propane gas burning at around 2,000°C that creates a retractable plasma beam.

James used liquid petroleum gas – commonly found in barbecues. The liquid fuel is mixed with oxygen and turned into a superheated beam of plasma via laminar flow, a physical phenomenon which allow liquids to flow smoothly.

The beam of gas can also change colour with the addition of various chemicals. To show how devastatingly effective the lightsaber is, the team used it to cut through metal in the video below.

Jia Suriyanto
Indonesian Journalist at News Asia Today. I cover the latest news and stories on Indonesia, particularly on business.