Road Trip Nation Features Potomac Director of Engineering, Joe Miller, on Show Exploring the Future of Work

Any company is only as good as its people. While advanced technology can expand manufacturing capabilities, humans are still essential to design, program, monitor, and yes, repair, tools like laser cutters, CNC micro machines, 3D Printers and robots.  For many manufacturing jobs, a college degree is not required but skill-specific training is essential.  One case…

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  • September 16, 2019

Potomac Photonics R&D Working on Nanoimprint Lithography and Applications for Microfluidics

Nanoimprint lithography is a method by which nanoscale features are fabricated at potentially low cost and with high throughput patterning usually in thermoplastics. Over the past 20 – 30 years this technology has rapidly developed into a legitimate lithographic technology that has found application within several industries, mainly Photonics, Semiconductors, microfluidics, and biomimetic substrate structures…

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  • September 2, 2019

Potomac Photonics Manufactures Shadow Masks for Princeton University

What are shadow masks, and why are they useful? Shadow masks are thin plates with small holes and features patterned into them, used to direct and concentrate electron beams. They can provide a more cost-effective and efficient alternative to photolithography, and overturn the need for photo resist or e-beam lithography. One might use a shadow…

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  • July 22, 2019

UCSC Uses Potomac to Help Monitor Cell Cultures

Cells. The smallest units of life. They make up who we are, and so, it’s imperative we become progressively educated about them. Cell culturing allows scientists to grow and maintain cells, in vitro. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz are currently developing a more efficient way to monitor human cell cultures, encased in…

  • Anna
  • June 25, 2019

Potomac’s Process for Success in Advanced Manufacturing

This week, I had the opportunity to work in the labs with our Director of Operations, Mike Davis. He explained and demonstrated the complete process of production for a customer’s part. The Process In the words of Sun Tzu, author of The Art of War, “Every battle is won before it is fought.” This is…

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  • June 20, 2019

What Exactly is a Microfluidic Device?

  Anna The 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…

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  • June 14, 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…

  • Potomac Photonics
  • June 11, 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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  • May 1, 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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  • March 20, 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. …

  • Potomac Photonics
  • February 10, 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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  • February 6, 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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  • January 4, 2019