The Power!!!! 5,800 hobby mirrors and an old 42″ satellite dish? What could be created with such goods? Well, it’s exactly what young Eric Jacqmain used to create a tool to focus the combined energy of 5,000 suns into a single 1 cm death spot! Oh no he din’t! Yes, YES he did!!

Hide thine eyes foul beasties! Reliqush your molten state wicked alloy! Burn!!!!! BURN.

The R5800 is my latest and greatest solar creation. Made from an ordinary fiberglass satellite dish, it is covered in about 5800 3/8″ (~1cm) mirror tiles. When properly aligned, it can generate a spot the size of a dime with an intensity of 5000 times normal daylight. This intensity of light is more than enough to melt steel, vaporize aluminum, boil concrete, turn dirt into lava, and obliterate any organic material in an instant. It stands at 5’9″ and is 42″ across.

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Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.