Manufacturing Mondays Blog Series: May the 4th Be with Laser and Plasma Cutting Workers

The blog content comes from the NIOSH Manufacturing Mondays seminar series. It’s the first week of May! This week is May 4th, a date when people celebrate that cultural touchstone: Star Wars. But don’t forget the other star wars. The famed defense program, officially designated the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), was announced by President Reagan in 1983, and subsequent Bush and Clinton administrations modified the original to include more workable technologies. The idea to use ground- and space-based lasers, particle beams, missiles, and other weapons to help protect the United States from nuclear attack seemed like an idea from a