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

Potomac Photonics: Latest News from Advanced Manufacturing

As a leader in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Potomac Photonics is pleased to introduce its new series recapping the latest news and stories from our exciting industry. In 1983, Charles Hull thought of shining a controlled beam of ultraviolet light on chemical polymers to create new objects, 3D printing is all around us and here to…

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  • December 8, 2017

Thanksgiving Appreciation at Potomac

At Thanksgiving Potomac would like to pause and express our thanks for the many aspects of our contract manufacturing business that contribute to our success, while we also provide humanity with the latest innovations in healthcare, cancer screening, POC diagnostics, medical devices, personalized medicine, microelectronics and other advanced technologies.  2017 is an especially exciting time…

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  • November 27, 2017

Wafer Dicing with Laser Micromachining Creates Unique Chip Shapes in Silicon

Potomac Photonics is proud to help our neighbors at [email protected] Wafer dicing has been used for decades in the semiconductor industry to separate the individual die, or integrated circuits, from the large wafers on which they are manufactured.  Often the wafer is scribed and then mechanically broken apart or sawed with special tools.  However, laser…

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  • November 9, 2017

High Precision Laser Micromachining Helps UMBC Researchers Develop Energy Harvesting Devices For Tire Pressure Sensors

Many researchers forge ahead with R&D into problems that are interesting but have no real-world application.  But perhaps the most compelling research ties solutions to existing problems.  Such is the case for Soobum Lee, Ph.D. an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County [UMBC].  Dr. Lee was…

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  • October 30, 2017

Manufacturing Day 2017

Potomac proudly supports Manufacturing Day, October 6, 2017.  Manufacturing is important to virtually everything in our lives today so we created an infographic to show how Manufacturing impacts each and every one of us. 

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  • October 3, 2017

Short Lead Times Advancing Micro Manufacturing R&D

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  • September 19, 2017

High Precision Laser Manufacturing in Kapton Helps Stanford Understand Heart Disease

In the United States heart disease is the leading cause of death, killing over 600,000 people per year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  While diet and exercise have been statistically proven to contribute to heart disease, there are many mechanisms at play that lead to heart attacks.  Seemingly healthy active individuals…

  • Potomac Photonics
  • September 6, 2017

Congratulations to Prismatix and Technion on Discovery Award Grant to Further Innovation in Antibiotic Susceptibility Detection

Developing new products in the 21st century requires faster development of prototypes in order to optimize designs and speed time to market.  Being first to market has been demonstrated to create barriers to market entry for competitors, and to increase profitability.  We’re especially excited to help improve the chance of product success when we work…

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  • August 11, 2017

Potomac Proving Ground Design Testing Service Speeds Product Time to Market

Rapid prototyping is a proven method to move a product from concept to production that has been in engineering practice for decades.  Especially with the advent of new digital fabrication technologies such as 3D Printing and laser micromachining, iterative design changes in CAD software yield an optimized product that is ready for market with greater…

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  • July 19, 2017

Laser Micromachining Thin Glass for Biotech Applications

Potomac has developed unique laser processing capabilities, especially of thin glass, that has special application for bioscience research.  Two recent projects reported in Nature | Methods and the Journal of Neuroscience required laser cutting tiny features in thin glass coverslips with minimal cracking or damage to the substrate.  Here are details about the research that…

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  • June 6, 2017

Potomac Reports on Digital Fabrication for Advanced Manufacturing Internship Program at RAPID 2017

Digital Fabrication is uniquely suited to rapid prototyping applications.  Designs created in a CAD file can be quickly brought to life via laser or CNC machining, and today, prototypes are increasingly 3D Printed.  Through iterative testing and design modifications in CAD software, the final product is optimized before hitting the market, creating a better chance…

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  • May 1, 2017