I’m a huge geek, and I love carving pumpkins. So, when I found out that I had access to a 30W CO2 cutting laser, there was only one thing that came to mind: laser-carved pumpkins. Every October, I spend a few weeks in the lab working on new techniques for perfecting my laser pumpkins. Below is a research paper I wrote detailing the process. It might be a little dry, but the results are, well, scary! And, in case you haven’t seen the results, here are my laser-carved creations from the past few years.