Oxford Performance Materials (OPM, South Windsor, Connecticut), has announced the commercial launch of its high-performance materials family – OXPEKK. As additive manufacturing (3D printing) begins to find more applications, there’s an inherent need for higher-performance materials. “OXPEKK is a special breed of polymer with a desirable combination of processing and performance attributes that address some of the most demanding applications in today’s industrial markets,” said OPM’s Chief Technology Officer, Tony DeCarmine. OXPEKK has a glass transition temperature (Tg) of 162°C and maintains a high level of chemical resistance as well as mechanical load bearing strength. Products are composed of OPM’s propriety blend of poly-ether-ketone-ketone (PEKK) formulations. PEKK is a semi-crystalline thermoplastic with high heat resistance , chemical resistance, and the ability to withstand high mechanical loads. OPM had been working with this product for quite some time prior to its commercial launch. Earlier this year, Boeing announced they’d be partnering with OPM to build 3D-printed components for their “space taxi” program. In addition, Hexcel, an advanced composites technology company, had also previously made a strategic investment in OPM to further develop materials in the realms of 3D Printing and aerospace.
Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.