Recently Potomac Photonics has been in the news bringing perspective to advanced manufacturing for the biotech and medical device markets.

Symposium on Bio-medical Additive Manufacturing

25670312045_0242027745_oOn March 4, Mike Adelstein was part of a panel discussion at the RAMPMD Symposium on Bio-medical Additive Manufacturing at the Cecil County School of Technology in Maryland.  Additive manufacturing includes technologies such as 3D printing, and for many it holds the promise of a paradigm shift in how products are manufactured.  At Potomac, we see additive manufacturing as a robust tool for certain, although not all, applications.  In many cases, laser micromachining or CNC machining exhibit stronger capabilities including speed and the ability to work on smaller spatial scales.  To solve a challenging customer problem, Potomac will often pair additive manufacturing with a subtractive process integrating it into the factory floor.  3D Printing is just one of the many tools and advanced manufacturing processes from which we can choose in order to achieve optimal results for our customers.

3D Printing and other digital fabrication technologies such as laser micromachining and robotics are driving the next industrial revolution.  We see a need for the workforce of the future and have a robust internship and training program that keeps us at the cutting edge [pun intended] of advanced manufacturing.

DigiFabCon

3D Printed Microfluidic Device

3D Printed Microfluidic Device

Mike Adelstein will serve as a keynote speaker at the 4th DigiFab Conference at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge, MA on April 22.  DigiFabCon explores how advanced manufacturing technologies such as 3D Printing and laser micromachining create social change in the world and impact our lives on the local and global level.  Potomac has many examples of biotech and medical device products that they have built in order to target drug delivery, create pathways for personalized medicine and reduce invasive medical procedures.  In addition, our Fast Track custom microfluidics program is speeding testing and diagnosis for patients, while our laser micro hole drilling for leak testing is helping improve shelf life and efficacy of pharmaceuticals.

CBC Radio  

CBC Radio

CBC Radio

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s radio program The Current recently included Potomac in a story: 3D Printing Technology Changes Manufacturing Processes from Cars to Kidneys.  The show discussed applications which are here and now such as rapid prototyping, mass customization and creating complex geometries, as well as the future of bio-printing organs.

We appreciate everyone for including us in these newsworthy events!  We are delighted to share the reality and promise of new advanced manufacturing tools, especially for making next generation biotech and medical devices.