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Digital fabrication company brings advanced manufacturing to UMBC
Digital fabrication company brings advanced manufacturing to UMBC

It's Tuesday morning and the whir of machinery fills the room at the newest company to join the south campus of BWTech Research and Technology Park at UMBC. Technician Steven Turrentine, 50, of Catonsville, has just programmed an infrared laser machining system to create holes a fraction of the size of a human hair, in a ring made of a plastic polymer. The rings are for an oxygen tank, but the system can also create polymer tubes and other shapes for use in medical devices. Potomac Photonics, which makes the tiny objects, also manufactures small microfluidic chips that can detect concussions for a contract with the U.S. Army. Potomac is the first advanced manufacturing company...

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