How lasers are used in the movies

From science fiction to James Bond, the high-tech world of lasers and laser cutting has long been a staple of movies from around the world. There’s something that’s just unashamedly ‘science-y’ about lasers, even though to us here at ShapeCUT they’re all in a day’s work. Join us as we look at four of the biggest and best lasers that can be found in famous films:


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In one of the most famous scenes in movie history, Goldfinger manages to make even 007 sweat with the giant laser cutter that he uses to destroy his enemies. In an act of true arch-villain madness, he slices through the golden table the super-spy is trapped on with the laser, visibly gleeful as it heads ever closer to him. Bond’s fate seems sealed until he manages to distract Goldfinger to outsmart him.

Star Wars

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The biggest laser on this list has got to be the ominous weapon possessed by the death star in the Star Wars movie franchise. A tool that can be used to destroy entire worlds, it’s a prime example of the evil power attributed to lasers in film and television. Don’t worry though, we don’t have any lasers quite this big in our workshop!

The Incredibles

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It’s worth mentioning both the world of slapstick cartoons and superhero movies in here somewhere, so why not combine them and talk about that scene in The Incredibles where Mr Incredible finds his match in the killer robots designed by Syndrome for Operation Kronos. These superhero-killing battle machines have a pretty powerful laser in their arsenal, able to fire both incendiary and rapid-fire laser beams.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

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Harking back once more to those classic Spy films (they really do love a good laser), in the first Austin Powers film Dr Evil makes several references to lasers when trying to come up with a plot to hold the world at ransom. Unfortunately, his plans are foiled by global warming and sharks becoming an endangered species – but it’s the thought that counts. Is there anything eviller than a shark with a laser beam attached to its head?

Although we don’t use laser cutters to destroy our enemies or in a quest for world domination here at ShapeCUT, we do still have a very important purpose for them. Our top-of-the-range laser cutters ensure the steel we’ve got ready for your job are cut clean, sharp and perfectly to size. ShapeCUT owns two state-of-the-art laser cutting machines to cater to bulk and custom designs.

Laser cutting is a precise method of cutting steel, involving a focused beam of laser light which melts burns or vaporises metals. It can achieve accurate steel cuts with a quality finish.

Our modern, multifunction laser cutting machines offer reduced setup times. Depending on your specific steel cutting requirements, ShapeCUT can coordinate your complex laser cutting needs.

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