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June 14, 2019.

What Exactly is a Microfluidic Device?

Manufacturing Maven: Blog #1 What are Microfluidic Devices? If you know Potomac, you know that “Microfluidic” is a buzzword around here. But chances are, you don’t understand exactly what that means. According to the National Cancer Institute, a microfluidic device is an “an instrument that uses very small amounts of fluid on a microchip to ...

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June 11, 2019.

3D Printing Materials Introduced at RAPID +TCT Open New Manufacturing Possibilities at Potomac

RAPID +TCT is without doubt the premier 3D Printing conference and trade show in the nation. But this year something was different. Yes, the latest, greatest additive manufacturing innovations were at the forefront of discussions. Of course, industry gurus gave their usual predictions about the future of the industry. But something had changed. RAPID in ...

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May 01, 2019.

Innovating with Microfluidics to Solve Climate Change Problems

Reflecting on the recent Earth Day, it seems that innovation has always been the key to solving problems. From laser inventors Schawlow and Townes to the original Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Hewlett and Packard, creative thinkers in science and engineering have tackled the world’s problems and turned them into opportunities for innovating solutions. Today’s climate change ...

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March 20, 2019.

Potomac Automates with new micro CNC Machine to Exponentially Accelerate Customer Experience

Speed is at the center of today’s world, especially as biotech, medical device, microelectronics and consumer products companies vie to get new innovations to market ahead of their competition. From rapid prototyping and iterative process development to high volume manufacturing, quick parts fabrication is essential every step of the way. Looking to exponentially accelerate our ...

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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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