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Laser Level

Laser Level

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Lasers have proven very useful in the construction industry. One example is this Spectra-Physics model 910 "LaserLevel" made in the early 1980s. In use, a construction worker attached the unit to a tripod and adjusted it so that it was nearly parallel to the ground. The level automatically completed the adjustment process when activated, and then emitted a beam of infrared light from a rotating head. The worker then moved to where-ever a measurement was needed and used a special laser detector to complete the task.
The "LaserLevel" self-adjusted if bumped slightly and completely shut off if bumped too much. The level operated automatically so it allowed one person to do work of two, resulting in cost savings since fewer assistants were needed.
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Object Name
surveying level
laser level
Date made
Spectra-Physics Scanning Systems, Inc.
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
glass (windows material)
plastic (part material)
open: 18 in x 10 1/4 in x 10 1/2 in; 45.72 cm x 26.035 cm x 26.67 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
model number
Credit Line
from Spectra Physics Scanning Systems Inc.
Building & Architecture
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Energy & Power
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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