Drilling through materials such as concrete with a traditional drill can be a difficult and messy experience. At least I assume so; I haven't been drilling many holes in concrete lately. But for those of you who do, a new technology developed at Tel Aviv University will make the whole process easier and cleaner. By using microwaves to heat a material to over 2,000 degrees Celsius, it softens it up enough for a rod to be pushed through. In addition to dust-free concrete drilling, the tech is also effective in putting holes in glass without breaking it, not to mention being a pretty sweet upgrade to your standard power drill. The microwave drill can make holes between a millimeter and a centimeter wide, and is significantly cheaper than laser-drilling alternatives. Just be careful to keep the concrete-melting microwave beam away from any body parts you'd like to keep functioning, as it seems like this doesn't have any digit-saving features like the SawStop.
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