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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Fox CT: South Windsor Company Advances 3-D Printing Technology

    August 25th, 2015


    With FDA clearance for its 3-D printed patient-specific device for facial reconstruction, a South Windsor company is bringing new meaning to the term face-lift.

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  • Executive Interview: Scott DeFelice, CEO of Oxford Performance Materials

    May 11th, 2015


    Scott DeFelice is CEO and founder of Oxford Performance Materials, the first company to successfully 3D print with the high-performance poly-ether-ketone-ketone (PEKK) material.

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  • Special Report on 3D printing: Manufacturing's Changing Landscape

    March 19th, 2015


    The term does not matter – additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3D) are interchangeable. Understanding the market, where it’s going, how it’s used, what it means to manufacturers, and who to turn to for more knowledge and support does…

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  • High-performance PEKK-based 3-D Printing a First

    January 12th, 2015


    Oxford Performance Materials Inc. has launched the first two grades of its OXFAB 3-D printing technology suitable for aerospace and other industrial markets, including transportation, energy, and semiconductor applications.

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  • OPM Launches New OXFAB 3D Printing Technologies for Aerospace and Industrial Sectors

    December 11th, 2014


    Oxford Performance Materials Inc., leader in additive manufacturing and advanced materials solutions, has launched the first two grades of its OXFAB 3D printing technology for aerospace and industrial applications.

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  • OPM Brings Two PEKK 3D Printing Materials to Aerospace Market

    December 11th, 2014


    As Connecticut-based Oxford Performance Materials Inc. (OPM) has developed its 3D printing processes and materials, the company has simultaneously managed to create parts that are both biocompatible and aerospace compliant. Straddling the industries of medicine and aerospace, OPM is capable of printing jet engine parts that may be safe inside of one’s body and implants strong enough to fly in a fighter jet.

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  • 3D Printing Makes its Move into Production

    August 13th, 2014


    When NASA's Juno satellite blasted off for Jupiter, the 3D printed parts in its final assembly represented just one small step toward manufacturer Lockheed Martin's goal to eventually build an entire spacecraft using additive manufacturing technology. The launch also signified one giant leap toward the use of 3D printing in the aerospace firm's manufacturing processes here on earth.

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  • Replacing body parts with 3D printing: how one company is bringing hope to patients across the globe

    August 6th, 2014


    The New Economy speaks to OPM's Scott DeFelice, to find out how his company is transforming industries such as healthcare and aerospace through 3D printing.

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  • Oxford Elevates COO, Hires Board Member

    August 5th, 2014


    South Windsor's Oxford Performance Materials Inc. has named two division presidents. Severine Zygmont, whose most recent title was chief operating officer, has been named president of OPM's biomedical division, the company said. Meanwhile, OPM hired Paul Martin as president of its aerospace and industrial division.

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  • Women Take on Manufacturing

    June 19th, 2014


    Think manufacturing is still a man's world? Not to these 7 women. They're moving up the ranks, starting their own firms and successfully running family businesses.

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  • OPM profiled on CPTV's "Made in Connecticut" series

    June 10th, 2014


    What Do Airplane Parts and Skull Implants Have in Common? CPTV's "Made in Connecticut" series profiles Oxford Performance Materials.

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  • A Blending of Materials and Additive Fabrication Puts Connecticut Company on Leading Edge of Innovation

    April 1st, 2012


    Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) is building upon its basis as a company that originally produced proprietary, biocompatible high-performance thermoplastics, known as PEKK polymers, and is transforming into one that is on the leading edge of manufacturing technology.

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  • CT Aids S. Windsor Firm's $1.8M Expansion

    January 18th, 2012


    A South Windsor biomedical firm is getting $300,000 in state small business aid that will allow it to hire 12 workers -- doubling its staff, authorities say. Oxford Performance Materials LLC is the first company funded in the state's new Small Business Express Program, the governor's office said Wednesday.

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  • Gov. Malloy: First Company Funded by Small Business Express Program to Double its Workforce

    January 18th, 2012


    Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the first company to be funded by the state’s new Small Business Express Program (EXP) – South Windsor-based Oxford Performance Materials, LLC – will allow the company to double its workforce by adding 12 positions.

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  • Malloy Launches Express Job-Growth Program with South Windsor Company

    January 18th, 2012


    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy used one of the new job creation tools Wednesday that state lawmakers authorized during last fall's special session, tapping a South Windsor company to launch the new Small Business Express Program.

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  • OPM Lands Funding for Revolutionary Orthopedic Fabrication Machine

    September 14th, 2011


    Oxford Performance Materials, LLC (OPM) the innovative Connecticut-based company that earlier this year made a significant bet on a revolutionary new class of medical implant fabrication equipment has announced that it received funding for this machine. The funding was provided by the Connecticut Innovations, Inc.’s (CI) BioScience Facilities Fund.

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