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Blog : 3D Printing

February 10, 2019.

Potomac Adds SU8 Photolithography to Microfabrication Toolbox

Since IBM’s development in 1989 of SU-8 photoresist for use as a key component for high-resolution microelectronics manufacturing, other industries have adopted the photosensitive polymer for a wide range of applications.  Whether fabricating microfluidics, micro pillars and cylinders, tiny gears and cantilevers, or optical waveguides, SU-8’s unique material properties expand the capabilities of miniature products.  ...

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February 06, 2019.

Combining 3D Printing and Laser Micromachining in Microfluidic Device for Vascular Research

Perhaps the greatest benefit to being a graduate student is the opportunity to work with faculty who are conducting innovative research at the forefront of their fields.  Biomedical engineering Ph.D. candidate Christos Michas is doubly fortunate since his area of study at Boston University [BU] combines the micro-scale 3D printing work of physicist Alice White ...

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January 04, 2019.

2018: A Year of Advanced Manufacturing Innovation at Potomac Photonics

2018 has proven to be yet another great year to be working in manufacturing, especially building micro devices for biotech, microfluidics, cancer research, medical diagnostics, microelectronics, consumer products and more.  Our customers continue to challenge us with problems that push the advanced manufacturing technical envelope.  We especially appreciate these opportunities since we work with so ...

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December 03, 2018.

Rapid Prototyping Micro Holes in Glass Allows UC Berkeley Researchers to Study Neural Processes in the Brain

  All complex systems are made of fundamental building blocks that underpin basic functions, processes and connections.  The brain’s seemingly infinite ability to carry on a wide range of capabilities from speech to sensory perception is no different:  the nerve cell and the synaptic junction are the elementary units upon which all brain activity is ...

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October 09, 2018.

Working with the Maryland Department of Commerce to keep “Maryland Open For Business”

Potomac is honored that just in time for the 2018 Manufacturing Day, Maryland Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill visited our Baltimore County facility for a tour of our advanced manufacturing facility.  As the state’s primary economic development agency, the Maryland Department of Commerce stimulates private investment and creates jobs by attracting new businesses, encouraging the ...

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September 24, 2018.

Microfluidics: Driving Diverse Applications In A Wide Variety of Industries

Potomac has been at the forefront of microfluidics device manufacturing and most of our customers’ early applications have been strongly centered on medical work, such as cancer research and Point-Of-Care Diagnostics.  A strong example is work being done in Ester Segal’s Lab at the Israel Institute of Technology [Technion] to increase antibiotic susceptibility detection speeds.  ...

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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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