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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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March 06, 2018.

Using Open Source Microfluidic Designs to Speed Time to Market

We live in such an inspiring time, when technology is transforming access to new areas of collaboration and research.  Once such example of open access in the area of microfluidics is MIT’s new website, a free repository of designs for lab-on-a-chip devices.  Designs can be submitted by anyone ranging from trained scientists and engineers ...

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February 08, 2018.

Potomac Adds Novel Laser Welding Capability for Micro Manufacturing

Potomac is continually developing new capabilities in order to give our customers the best solution for tough micro manufacturing problems.  Driven by customer requests, our senior technical lead Natalia Christensen has developed novel laser welding processes for plastics that expands fabrication options when joining microfluidic devices, medical devices and other small products. Laser welding of ...

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January 31, 2018.

Potomac Photonics: Latest News from Advanced Manufacturing – Microfluidics

Potomac Photonics has developed a toolbox of manufacturing technologies that have made microfluidic device fabrication available to the masses.  Our services are the fastest and most cost-effective way to bring your microfluidic devices to the market.  The following blog is a summary of a great article published by Technology Networks.            In this age ...

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January 22, 2018.

Potomac is Helping Train The New Collar Workforce

Potomac is pleased to announce that our innovative workforce training programs have been featured in a new book published by Photonics Media Press.  The New Collar Workforce documents how blue collar jobs have become digital, creating new opportunities in smart manufacturing. Based on research with 200 U.S. manufacturers ranging in size from startups to Fortune ...

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