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Wednesday, 17 October 2012 09:15

Potomac Photonics Purchases Projet HD 3000

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Micromaching leader, Potomac Photonics, is pleased to announce the addition of a high-resolution 3D printer to its contract manufacturing services unit. The printer is quick and cost effective.

The 3D Systems Projet HD 3000 Plus is ideal for manufacturing small scale, high accuracy plastic parts. It has three build modes: high definition, extra-high definition, and ultra-high definition. It produces parts in an acrylic-based plastic that simulates real-world appearance and feel for complex modeling and functional testing applications.

In most cases, Potomac can provide 24-hour turnaround for real plastic parts that can be used for concept development, design verification, form-fit testing and product presentations. Parts can be created from a 3D drawing with pricing from as low as $25/part.

The 3D printing services are ideal for Medical Device, Biotech, Electronics, Alternative Energy, Automotive and Consumer Goods industries that can outsource their prototyping and production projects. Potomac Photonics is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003 certified.

“The 3D Systems Projet HD 3000 plus is a perfect addition to our broad range of micromanufacturing capabilities that includes laser machining, micro-CNC and small hole drilling services,” said Mike Adelstein, President, Potomac Photonics.

For 30 years, Potomac Photonics has been a leader in microfabrication and small hole drilling. Potomac’s contract services span prototyping to production, helping clients develop miniature products and bring them to market. Potomac is an authorized distributor for high-tech manufacturing technologies such as 3D printer and laser systems. Using cutting-edge manufacturing technology, Potomac has been recognized by both commercial and government agencies for innovation in areas such as medical device, electronics, aerospace, and automotive manufacturing. Potomac’s high-tech facility, located in Lanham, MD, is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003 certified.

For more information, visit: www.potomac-laser.com

Laser micro-manufacturer, Potomac Photonics, has added advanced quality control and inspection capabilities to its service offerings. Customers in the medical device, micro-electronics, consumer, solar, bio-photonics, MEMS, and micro-fluidics industries now have access to state-of-the-art visualization of micro-machined parts.

Media Cybernetics’ new Image-Pro Plus Version 7.0 image processing and analysis software creates image informatics solutions to automate quality control processes. To see its capabilities, view this image of a surface plot of 2 micron holes in polymide material.

“At Potomac, we’re committed to providing the best customer experience,” comments Mike Davis, Director of Operations. “Because we work on spatial scales as small as one micron, coordinating measurement standards with our customers is critical for quality. This advanced tool allows customers to see exactly how controlled and precise our processes are.”

Potomac has a broad range of micro hole drilling technology for both prototyping and production applications. A variety of materials can be drilled including polymers, metals, silicon, glass and ceramics.

Potomac Photonics is a leader in microfabrication helping clients to develop miniature products and bring them to market. Utilizing cutting-edge manufacturing technology, Potomac has been recognized by both commercial and government agencies for innovative contributions to areas such as medical device manufacturing and electronics fabrication. Potomac’s high-tech facility is located in Lanham, MD, is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003 certified.

For more information, visit: www.potomac-laser.com

Laser micromachining company, Potomac Photonics, will present a webinar in the highly popular MEMS Industry Group [MIG] Education series. Scheduled for Thursday August 25 at 11:30 a.m. EDT, the interactive presentation, “New Prototyping Technologies Reduce Time to Market”, will explain how new prototyping technologies can assist in commercialization of miniaturized products for a large number of high technology market segments.

Potomac Co-founder, Sarah Boisvert, will highlight two new technologies and reveal how they are being applied to prototyping. The first case study will outline the operation of SensiDock™, based upon National Science Foundation-funded R&D at Potomac. This Small Business Innovative Research project combines laser micromachining and other microfabrication techniques to quickly create packaging platforms for MEMS, sensors, microelectronics, and other miniaturized devices.

The second case study will discuss work done in the Texas MicroFactory at the Automation and Robotics Research Institute at the University of Texas/Arlington. The Texas MicroFactory was recently featured on CNBC for its innovation in micro-manufacturing. Two additional case studies will discuss the role of simulation in accelerating time to market.

To register for this free webinar, visit: www3.gotomeeting.com/register/266994310

Laser micromachining company Potomac Photonics is pleased to announce the purchase of its second Coherent excimer laser in less than 6 months.  This laser which will be set-up at the 193nm wavelength will be optimized for laser micromachining challenging materials such as Teflon, Polystyrene, Glass, PEEK, Bio-Absorbable materials, etc. and will target applications from the medical device, biotech, electronics, semiconductor and energy industries.

Deep UV laser micromachining can be a very effective process for rapid prototyping to production of miniature parts.  The cut quality for high absorption materials can be extremely clean and non-thermal due to the ability of the laser to disrupt the molecular bonds via a process called ablation.  This characteristic is important for customers who want to minimize debris and limit often costly and time consuming secondary cleaning processes.

Customers simply send a drawing on a .dxf file or .pdf and the team at Potomac Photonics can quickly and cost-effectively fabricate their parts. Deep UV laser micromachining is very effective for rapid prototyping to production of miniature parts. Microhole drilling, microcutting, etching, patterning and marking are all applications for which this laser will be used.

“We are extremely pleased to add our 7th UV laser to our expanding Micromanufacturing Unit that now has close to 20 lasers spanning 193nm to 1064nm wavelengths,” states Mike Davis, Director of Operations, Potomac Photonics. “It means we’re more able to meet the expanding demands of our customers.”

Potomac Photonics is a leader in microfabrication helping clients to develop miniature products and bring them to market. Utilizing cutting-edge manufacturing technology, Potomac has been recognized by both commercial and government agencies for innovative contributions to areas such as medical device manufacturing and electronics fabrication. Potomac’s high-tech facility is located in Lanham, MD, is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003 certified.

For more information visit: www.potomac-laser.com

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