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August 06, 2018.

How Industry 4.0 Is Revolutionizing Advanced Manufacturing

For the past few decades, we’ve been living in the Third Industrial Revolution where advanced manufacturing meant production utilizing computers and automation.  CAD-driven machine tools, robots and lasers were the order of the day. In recent years, Industry 4.0 has come on the manufacturing scene.  What does this change mean and how does it impact ...

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June 28, 2018.

Micro Hole Drilling and Bonding for Microfluidic Device Manufacturing

In the last few years, microfluidics has come into its own as a process and also a micro-manufacturing technology.  The methodology is rapidly changing many diverse fields from Point-of-Care diagnostics to cancer research, environmental studies to Organs-on-a-Chip, drug discovery to micro fuel cells, and much more.  By using a small drop of fluid, microfluidics speeds ...

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June 13, 2018.

Supporting the Next Generation of Digital Factory Workers

One of the main reasons Potomac relocated to the [email protected] South Technology Park was to access the talent being cultivated at one of the country’s leading STEM education universities.  While recently grabbing basketball headlines, the University of Maryland Baltimore County is better known for its commitment to training scientists and engineers and we are lucky ...

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June 05, 2018.

Potomac supports the 828 Movement – The 828 Bracelet ….designed, developed and manufactured in the USA to support schools in the USA.

Nearly one year ago, the fashion brand, 828 Movement, LLC was formed with one mission in mind; assist struggling urban area schools by donating 15% of the product proceeds to benefit education equality in the US. This new line of bracelets was developed to pay tribute to the past efforts for equality, stand by the ...

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May 21, 2018.

Manufacturing Solutions That Improve Supply Chain Performance

The recent 2018 RAPID + TCT conference and trade show demonstrated a wide range of new machines for rapid prototyping with emphasis on additive manufacturing.  Many new 3D Printing machines were launched, with particular emphasis on materials especially in the metals category.  While these new technologies open up capabilities for new product manufacturing, one talk ...

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May 02, 2018.

International Day of Light

    The word “light” has many definitions; the foremost being, “something that makes vision possible.” Arguably, second to that, would be, “electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength that travels in a vacuum with a speed of 299,792,458 meters per second; specifically: such radiation that is visible to the human eye.”[1] Today, one might find any number of ways ...

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April 18, 2018.

SME’s Rapid 2018

SME’s RAPID Conference and trade show clearly has its finger on the pulse of additive manufacturing.  In the last few years we’ve seen exponential 3D Printing developments that are driving advanced manufacturing in the Biotech, microfluidics, microelectronics, consumer products and medical fields.   At Potomac, 3D Printing is an integral tool on our factory floor. ...

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March 27, 2018.

Material Spotlight: Silicon

Potomac has spent many years developing and optimizing laser cutting and drilling of silicon wafers for a broad range of applications.  In this article we examine this unique material. Swedish chemist Baron John Jacob Berzelius first isolated Silicon in 1824. The shimmering blue and gray element is as fascinating as it is plentiful: it is ...

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