April 20, 2016.

Precision Laser Micromachining to Help Launch a Polytechnique Montréal CubeSat into Space

At Potomac we’re used to seeing some of the most interesting – and challenging – miniaturization projects on the planet.  Recently we helped a Canadian university group miniaturizing for a space application. Polytechnique Montréal is competing in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CSDC) and we were able to help laser micromachine micro holes for their ...

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April 07, 2016.

R&D Notebook: Multi-Layer Microfluidic Devices

Biomedical applications have been the most challenging and exciting field for microfluidics, i.e. very small volumes of liquid flowing through channels ranging from tiny capillaries to 1 mm “pipelines”. Development of new drugs, genetic studies, point-of-care diagnostics, and fast analysis of air and water for presence of toxins and pathogens are just a few of ...

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March 28, 2016.

IR Laser Patterning of ITO to Help Basic Physics Research at MIT and Harvard

Patterning Transparent Conductive Oxide [TCO] layers on substrates such as glass or plastic is a familiar laser micromachining application at Potomac.  We’ve developed innovative ways to pattern the TCO layer without damaging the underlying substrate. But we usually see TCO’s such as Indium Tin Oxide [ITO] used in Displays, Touch Panels, RFID tags, Strain Gauges, ...

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March 21, 2016.

Potomac Photonics in the News with Advanced Manufacturing for Biotech and Medical Device Industries

Recently Potomac Photonics has been in the news bringing perspective to advanced manufacturing for the biotech and medical device markets. Symposium on Bio-medical Additive Manufacturing On March 4, Mike Adelstein was part of a panel discussion at the RAMPMD Symposium on Bio-medical Additive Manufacturing at the Cecil County School of Technology in Maryland.  Additive manufacturing ...

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March 01, 2016.

Potomac’s Real-Time Wall Thickness Measurement Produces Consistent Repeatable Laser Drilling for Calibrated Leak Test Holes

Pharmaceutical, medical, and biotech companies are required by the FDA or internal standards to periodically test the vials or ampules for cracks, pinholes and the seal integrity of the cap/closure that can cause potential liquid leakage or contamination. Potomac has developed the most accurate and cost-effective technology to drill calibrated leak test holes to be ...

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February 19, 2016.

Advanced Manufacturing Trends in 2016 at Potomac Photonics

2016 promises to be another year of explosive innovation in advanced manufacturing. Several emerging applications, especially in the biotech and medical device industries, are driving Potomac Photonics to deliver ever more complex and sophisticated solutions to these new challenges.  Here are some highlights of what we see ahead for the coming year: Miniaturization for Targeted ...

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February 05, 2016.

Laser Cutting Silicon Wafers for NIST to Advance Solar Industry Standard

Potomac’s Photonics expertise in laser micromachining fragile materials helps NIST test new solar cells to ensure the solar energy industry’s manufacturing standards. Solar energy is the fastest growing source of energy in the United States and the total install base is expanding exponentially.  With explosive growth comes the need for better photovoltaic [PV] cells in ...

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January 29, 2016.

Laser Micromachining Polymer Stencils Help Generate Stem Cell Lines at Stanford’s Cardiovascular Institute

In the Pharmaceutical industry more and more drugs never make it out of the lab to reach the patients that need treatment.  Costs are not only high to the companies that have placed big R&D bets to develop novel drugs, but also to the patients who cannot be helped and the insurance companies who must ...

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Rectangles 16.7 microns by 110 microns in diameter in Kapton stencil.
January 19, 2016.

Advanced Manufacturing Job Opportunities Through “Middle-Skill” STEM Education

In recent years there’s been a lot of talk about STEM education.  STEM comprises Science – Technology – Engineering – Math and sometimes is called STEAM when Art is added into the mix in order to include the design component.  STEM education is important because more and more studies demonstrate that in the next industrial ...

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