26 Dec '12, 7am

Ford wants to Replace Sparkplugs with Lasers

Ford wants to Replace Sparkplugs with Lasers

This is very cool. As far as comments about lense cleaning and how much space it will occupy: Laser diodes can be quite small but the lense, mirrors and other optical components do need to stay clean. I operate and service a thermal laser CTP (Computer to Plate) plotter for offset printing. It has 64 laser diodes, each roughly the size of a sugar cube. The entire block of 64 lasers is powered by a mere 5v, at high amperage. They each fire hundreds of times per second, at 2400dpi on a drum spinning at 900rpm, all day long and are very reliable but you do need to keep the optics very clean. If they can figure that part out, I think laser diodes instead of spark plugs would be surprisingly low maintenance and highly efficient. I have seen a couple lasers fail over the years, mostly due to power grounding issues. I took a dead one apart and was surprised at how little there wa...

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