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  • PEKK Pioneer

    June 2nd, 2017

    The global market for additive manufacturing technologies is set to double in 2012-17. While much of this expansion will be in product design and prototyping, a growing niche of custom-made, one-of-a-kind implantable devices are being made from computer aided design (CAD) files drawn up using a patient's actual anatomical dimensions. The attraction of these is that fit can be improved substantially, compared with more traditional generically-sized products. A leading light is USA-based Oxford Performance Materials, co-founded by Scott DeFelice.

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  • Putting PEKK in the 3D Printing Spotlight with OPM

    April 28th, 2017

    According to market research firm Markets and Markets, the 3D printing materials industry will be worth $1.4 billion by 2021. In many ways, additive manufacturing (AM) is coming into its own in the industrial space and the key to unlocking its potential are the materials that it uses.

    When it comes to mechanical properties, performance under high temperatures, and chemical resistance, there’s one family of polymers that rules them all: polyetherketone. One company in particular, Oxford Performance Materials (OPM), has built itself up on a foundation of polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) with its own PEKK material, dubbed OXPEKK. 

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  • Engine Structures Next Target for OPM

    March 1st, 2017

    Aerospace manufacturers have long used polymer 3D Printed for rapid prototypes or lowstrength production parts such as ducting, but the need for load-bearing structural components has pushed the industry to qualify metal additive manufacturing processes using highstrength alloys.

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  • Boeing Space Taxis Use 600+ OPM Parts

    February 3rd, 2017

    Boeing Co has hired a small company to make about 600 3D-printed parts for its Starliner space taxis, meaning key components in the United States manned space program are being built with additive manufacturing.

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  • How 3D Printing is Transforming Healthcare

    August 2nd, 2016

    Next month, the co-located MD&M and PLASTEC Minneapolis trade show and conference will include a special focus on 3D printing for the creation of medical devices. At the conference, Derek Mathers, Director of R&D at Worrell Inc., a Minneapolis-based design firm, is part of a panel that has been convened to answer the question: “Can we really use 3D printing to make medical devices?”

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  • Suppliers Unveil Major Additive Manufacturing Investments

    July 12th, 2016

    If Alcoa was known for providing aluminum, then soon-to-be Arconic—its coming spinoff serving aerospace manufacturing and other industries—wants to be known for something else: problem-solving via additive manufacturing (AM). Hexcel Corp., the leading aerospace composite materials provider, may be seeking a similar reputation, if another recent announcement is any indication.…

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  • Composite 3D Printing Gets a Boost from Hexcel

    June 2nd, 2016

    Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) has just received an investment from Hexcel Corporation that will expand upon an existing relationship between the two Connecticut-based companies. While OPM has already established itself as a provider of 3D-printed aerospace and medical components, Hexcel is a supplier of composite materials for aerospace, space and defense applications…

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  • Hexcel Explores 3D Printing Through Strategic Investment in Oxford Performance Materials

    June 1st, 2016

    While OPM has gotten a lot of attention for their orthopedic implants lately, it’s the aerospace industry that is at the center of a strategic investment from fellow Connecticut company Hexcel Corporation. The advanced composites manufacturer specializes in lightweight structural materials including carbon fiber, which OPM has used as a component in their OXFAB technology…

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  • Hexcel Invests in Oxford Performance Materials

    June 1st, 2016

    Hexcel Corp. has made a strategic investment in Oxford Performance Materials (OPM), which produces thermoplastic, carbon-fiber reinforced 3D printed parts for commercial aerospace and space and defense applications. The investment creates a partnership…

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  • Four Connecticut Companies Among Most Innovative in National Rankings

    February 23rd, 2016

    Four Connecticut companies are among the most innovative in the nation, according to rankings published by Fast Company magazine. Harman Industries, Oxford Performance Materials, Priceline Group and GE were recognized among dozens of companies… for noteworthy innovative business practices and systems.

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