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…

  • Potomac Photonics
  • May 21, 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…

  • Angela Walker
  • May 2, 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….

  • Potomac Photonics
  • April 18, 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…

  • Sandy Matatquin
  • March 27, 2018

How UMBC Leads the Way Beyond Basketball

It is one for the record books.  The UMBC’s men’s basketball team came into the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championships ranked #16.  But that didn’t stop them from using grit, determination, hard work and passion to be the first team playing in March Madness and beat #1 seed University of Virginia by an astonishing…

  • Potomac Photonics
  • March 20, 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 Metafluidics.org website, a free repository of designs for lab-on-a-chip devices.  Designs can be submitted by anyone ranging from trained scientists and engineers…

  • Potomac Photonics
  • March 6, 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…

  • Potomac Photonics
  • February 8, 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…

  • Sandy Matatquin
  • January 31, 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…

  • Potomac Photonics
  • January 22, 2018

Looking Forward to a Great 2018!

With each New Year come resolutions, and for Potomac that means incorporating more tools and techniques to help our customers achieve their goals.  Here are some of the specific 2018 programs we’re putting in place for the medical device, biotech, microelectronics, microfluidics, R&D, consumer product and pharmaceutical markets. Potomac’s primary emphasis in 2018 will be…

  • Potomac Photonics
  • January 11, 2018

Looking Back at Challenging Advanced Manufacturing Applications As 2017 Comes to a Close

At year-end, Potomac enjoys reflecting back on some of the challenging applications we helped our customers in biotech, medical devices, microfluidics, electronics, rapid prototyping and consumer products solve.  Of course, due to non-disclosure agreements we can’t talk about all the innovations we’ve helped develop, but here are a few that we think you’ll find intriguing…

  • Potomac Photonics
  • December 27, 2017

The Case for Using Polymers to Manufacture Microfluidic Devices

Microfluidics has been around for decades and in the last few years has come into its own as a viable technology for point of care diagnostics, cancer research, personalized medicine and environmental testing.  When Potomac first started working with researchers in the new field, material choices were limited.  But the processes that drove material options…

  • Potomac Photonics
  • December 19, 2017