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OPM in the News

Now viewing articles posted in 2018.

  • Understanding Value in Additive Manufacturing

    June 30th, 2018


    Additive manufacturing has been hailed as aworld changing technology thata in time will be ubiquitous and alter theway we make things and live. Futurists, technologists and self-proclaimed evangelists have all claimed is a impending revolution.

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  • Aerospace TPCs: "Cold-Process" PEKK Holds Promise for Prepregs

    June 19th, 2018


    As The Boeing Co. (Chicago, IL, US) and Airbus (Toulouse, France) debate how thermoplastics will play a part in near-term and future aircraft,

    both are evaluating the price, processability and performance of two high-performance engineered polymers: PEEK (polyetheretherketone) and PEKK (polyetherketoneketone).

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  • PEEK or PEKK in future TPC aerostructures?

    April 2nd, 2018


    Which is better for the in-situ consolidation (ISC) of thermoplastic composite (TPC) tapes being developed for the production of primary aircraft structures, polyetheretherketone (PEEK) or polyetherketoneketone (PEKK)?

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  • Hexcel to Acquire Oxford Performance Materials Aerospace & Defense Business

    December 8th, 2017


    Hexcel Corporation (NYSE:HXL) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Aerospace & Defense (A&D) business of Oxford Performance Materials (OPM). OPM A&D produces qualified, high-performance thermoplastic, carbon fiber reinforced 3D printed parts for Commercial Aerospace and Space and Defense applications. The acquisition is subject to customary conditions and is expected to close later this month.

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  • Cicada-inspired 3D printed PEKK implants could reduce bacterial infections without antibiotics

    October 18th, 2017


    A team of researchers from Northeastern University in Boston (MA) and the Wenzhou Medical University in China have taken inspiration from cicada wings to develop infection-resistant 3D printed orthopedic implants using PEKK plastic. 

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  • CICADAS INSPIRE DRUG-FREE ANTIBACTERIAL PROPERTIES OF 3D PRINTED PEKK

    October 17th, 2017


    Though an effective means of helping to heal broken bones, orthopaedic implants(as foreign matter) always run the risk of creating bacterial infections in the body. Antibiotics are the usual defence in such situations, but what if medical devices could resist bacterial build-up simply because of the way they are made?

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  • Antibacterial properties of PEKK for orthopedic applications

    September 5th, 2017


    Orthopedic implant infections have been steadily increasing while, at the same time, antibiotics developed to kill such bacteria have proven less and less effective with every passing day. It is clear that new approaches that do not rely on the use of antibiotics are needed to decrease medical device infections.

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  • For this 3D printing manufacturer, a complex implant is a piece of cake

    August 30th, 2017


    Back in 2013, Oxford Performance Materials’ biomedical division got FDA clearance for the first 3D polymeric implant for cranial reconstruction. A year later it won clearance for its 3D printed facial device.

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  • Pentagon Spending Bill Benefits Connecticut

    July 27th, 2017


    Scott DeFelice, chief executive officer of Oxford Performance Materials, said the company is benefiting from the growth in defense spending. The South Windsor aerospace manufacturer is a supplier for other manufacturing firms.

    The company is “really feeling an immediate impact” of rising defense spending, particularly from a recent $45 billion supplemental defense budget, he said. Work has focused on military satellites, classified work and retrofitting and updating military aircraft, DeFelice said.

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  • Implants Made To Order

    June 2nd, 2017


    OPM Biomedical is not the only medical device manufacturer making a major investment in 3D-printing as a means of delivering their product. But they are taking a more robust and thorough approach to employing the technology.

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