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Microwave Drilling Technology to Bore Holes in Concrete

by Shivaranjan on August 23, 2006


Gone are the days when drilling concrete was a dusty and noisy buisness because microwave drilling has been successfully demonstrated. These microwave drill soften and heat the material to 2000 C using microwaves and a rod of required size is pushed through the material. The drill bit is a needle-like antenna that emits intense microwave radiation. The microwaves create a hot spot around the bit, melting or softening the material so that the bit can be pushed in.
The main advantage of this drilling technology is:

  • Noiseless operation.
  • No dust is produced in the operation.
  • Lower cost of operation when compared to the expensive laser drilling

Materials like concrete and glass can be used with this drill.

Microwave Drill in Action

Sample Hole drilled by microwave drill in alumina

Via Scifi

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