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

January 12th, 2015

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

Ryan Gehm, Aerospace Engineering Magazine

January 12th, 2015

Oxford Performance Materials Inc. (OPM) launched in December the first two grades of its OXFAB 3-D printing technology—OXFAB-N and OXFAB-ESD—suitable for aerospace and other industrial markets, including transportation, energy, and semiconductor applications.

OXFAB is OPM’s proprietary technology platform and formulation of poly-ether-ketone-ketone (PEKK), an ultra-high-performance polymer with improved strength, chemical resistance, low- and high-temperature performance, radiation resistance, enhanced wear properties, and ultra-low outgassing. The technology has been in development at Oxford since 2006, and was first used in the biomedical field in orthopedics.

OPM Aerospace & Industrial employs OXFAB technology to deliver lightweight, 3-D printed thermoplastic parts for commercial and military aircraft, spacecraft, and eventually possibly automotive applications.

“Really anything that moves and would benefit from lightweight, complex structures” would benefit from this technology, shared Scott DeFelice, Founder and CEO of Oxford Performance Materials. “So we imagine automotive will be very interested in time.”

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Posted in the categories Industrial, Biomedical.

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