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OPM Brings Two PEKK 3D Printing Materials to Aerospace Market

December 11th, 2014


OPM Brings Two PEKK 3D Printing Materials to Aerospace Market

Michael Molitch-Hou, 3D Printing Industry

December 11th, 2014

Interestingly enough, 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.  After much success in the medical industry, taking home the first FDA clearance for a 3D printed cranial implant, the company is continuing to expand its entry into the aerospace and industrial manufacturing markets with two grades of its OXFAB 3D printing materials: OXFAB-N and OXFAB-ESD. 

OXFAB is OPM’s proprietary process for 3D printing poly-ether-ketone-ketone (PEKK) material, which OPM describes as “an ultra-high performance polymer with exceptional strength, chemical resistance, low and high temperature performance, radiation resistance, superior wear properties and ultra-low outgassing.” Due to these impressive characteristics, and combined with the ability to 3D print unique geometries, OPM’s printed PEKK can be used for lightweight, high performance parts for the aerospace, transportation, energy, and semiconductor industries. Specifically, OXFAB-N is an unmodified PEKK that, due to its low microwave dielectric constant, is best for microwave antennae (radomes) or other specialty electrical applications.  OXFAB-ESD, on the other hand, is carbon-filled PEKK, giving it strong and lightweight mechanical properties.

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Posted in the categories Aerospace & Industrial, Biomedical.

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