When we ride our Harleys, we wear a helmet. But when we fire up a Class 3B or Class 4 laser, safety eyewear is often overlooked. Proper selection of eyewear sometimes presents some challenges. All laser safety eyewear is not the same. Eyewear that works well for a CO2 laser is not appropriate for a Nd:YAG laser.
William recently wrote an interesting post for the site regarding the maker movement, potential safety issues and professional laser manufacturing safety guidelines. This is a follow up to that post in a way. Let’s talk about jail time…
As someone who not only makes a living from photonics but is passionate about lasers, I try to stay on top of what is happening in the industry. An easy tool for this is using Google alerts. Every day I get an email from Google telling me the newest information from across the web that relates to lasers. I get some pretty great stories this way. From laser illuminated projection showings of Star Wars (yes, please!) to laser razors (probably impossible) and, Gatling gun lasers that shoot down enemy drones (wow!).
The maker movement is exciting because it engages younger generations to be more than just software programmers. It encourages them to design and build things with their hands. These skills are critical to the budding young engineers every country relies on to stay competitive.