Weekly Wrap Up – Week of August 29, 2016

Bringing you up to date with the latest in lasers, LIA’s Weekly Wrap Up is a collection of this week’s highlights in laser technology, Laser Institute news, and Conference Updates as found across the web, on Lasers Today, and LIA’s network of social media channels.

What happened in lasers during the week of August 29, 2016? 

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Laser Industry News

Could lasers lead to more environmentally-friendly manufacturing? According to some, lasers can be used to save energy, reduce waste, and improve recycling when used. Lasers have already replaced some chemical processes, while laser marking has rendered the use of labels to be much less viable. Learn about other ways lasers are helping manufacturers “go green” here.

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Researchers at University of Michigan, Ann Harbor are working on a laser–made of human blood, that would emit infrared light, allowing doctors to hunt down tumors. Using indocyanine green, a dye already used in medical imaging, researchers have found that mixing the dye with blood might lead to a powerful laser light. Currently, the mixture is held in a small container, and when shot with a conventional laser, is able to emit light. Learn more about the experimental process here.

Conference Updates

Mark your calendars! LIA’s Biennial International Laser Safety Conference (ILSC®) takes place March 20–23, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. ILSC® gathers laser safety experts from around the globe for a comprehensive conference for laser industry professionals. This year’s conference is anticipated to cover laser product safety, medical laser safety and bio-effects. Find out more about the event, and how you can get involved here.ILSC 2017

Industrial Laser Conference is right around the corner! Be sure to keep an eye on #ILCatIMTS at the conference, or from home for updates throughout the event. Industrial Laser Conference takes place September 13th, in Chicago, Illinois.

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LIA News & Updates

Are you familiar with laser safety regulations in your state? You may be surprised to know that some states have specific laser safety regulations, not found everywhere else. Luckily, LIA has created a handy guide to state-mandated laser safety regulations. Find it here.

Staying on top of news and updates in the laser industry can be a challenge. To make it easier for the busy laser professional, LIA has created a comprehensive guide filled with online resources, recommended publications, and more! Download the free e-book, and expand your knowledge here.

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