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  • Expert Interview: Oxford Performance Materials’ Scott DeFelice on the Evolution of High-Performance Polymers for 3D Printing

    June 10th, 2020

    Expert Interview: Oxford Performance Materials’ Scott DeFelice on the Evolution of High-Performance Polymers for 3D Printing 

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  • OsteoFab Technology Featured in Comparative Study of Biomaterials

    October 9th, 2019

    OPM's OsteoFab 3D printed PEKK technology is featured in a comparative study of biomaterials to assess their relative osseointegrative capacities. The results indicate that OsteoFab 3D printed PEKK is superior to commonly used alternatives.

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  • 3D Printer of PEKK Implants Expanding in Asia

    July 20th, 2018

    After receiving accreditation as a foreign medical device manufacturer by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, Oxford Performance Materials Inc. (OPM) has forged a partnership to establish manufacturing and marketing in Japan. 

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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 14-Year-Old Receives First 3D-Printed Nose in the US

    January 1st, 2016

    A 14-year-old boy has become the first patient in the US to undergo a successful nose transplant using 3D printing technology after his face was disfigured when he fell on a live power line.

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  • Teen Saved by 3D Printed Tracheal Splint

    December 16th, 2015

    For one Texas family, who spent their last Christmas worrying by their sick daughter’s hospital bedside, this year’s holiday season will be much brighter thanks to the help of 3D printing technology.

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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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  • FDA Clears 3D Printed Spinal Implant

    August 3rd, 2015

    The Food and Drug Administration has granted 510(k) clearance to Oxford Performance Materials, Inc.’s SpineFab VBR Implant system. According to the company’s press release, OPM’s SpineFab system is the first and only FDA cleared 3D printed load-bearing polymer device for long-term implantation.

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  • What Impact Will 3D Printing Have in Medtech?

    July 29th, 2015

    MedTech Talk host Tom Salemi talks with Scott DeFelice about how his company, Oxford Performance Materials, and 3D printing will impact medtech.

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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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  • OPM Gets $150,000 Grant to Develop Infection Treatments for 3D Printed Implants

    November 19th, 2014

    Oxford Performance Materials Inc. has revealed it has received a three-year $150,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to deliver new approaches in the treatment of infections related to implanted devices from advanced applications of 3D printed poly-ether-ketone-ketone.

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  • Marketplace Tech interview with OPM's Scott DeFelice

    October 8th, 2014

    Scott Defelice, President and CEO of Oxford Performance Materials, drops in to talk about 3D printing medical devices and FDA regulation.

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  • Varney & Co: 3D printed implants help with facial reconstruction

    October 1st, 2014

    Oxford Performance Materials founder Scott DeFelice discusses the company and the 3D-printing technology it uses to create facial and cranial implants.

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  • Taking Stock: How 3D Materials Play a Role in Reconstructive Surgery

    August 18th, 2014

    Scott DeFelice, CEO of Oxford Performance Materials, explains how 3D materials play a role in cranial and facial surgery

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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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  • YouTube star iJustine visits OPM for Hardwired feature

    August 15th, 2013

    YouTube star iJustine visits with Scott DeFelice, founder and CEO of Oxford Performance Materials.

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  • 3D-Printed Skull Implant Ready for Operation

    March 7th, 2013

    3D printing technology has helped replace 75 percent of a patient's skull with the approval of U.S. regulators. The 3D-printed implant can replace the bone in people's skulls damaged by disease or trauma, according to Oxford Performance Materials. The company announced it had received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its skull implant on Feb. 18 — a decision that led to the first U.S. surgical operation on March 4.

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  • Major First! FDA Grants First 3D Printed Implant Clearance

    March 5th, 2013

    The FDA has, for the first time, awarded its 510(k) clearance for an additively manufactured polymer implant. The product, called the OsteoFab Patient Specific Cranial Device (OPSCD), is manufactured by Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) of South Windsor, Connecticut.

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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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