Oxford Performance Materials, Inc. (OPM), a leader in advanced materials science and high performance additive manufacturing (HPAM™), has announced the commercial launch of nickel-plated OXFAB®–Ni, offering 3D-printed PEKK-based parts that replace high-performance aluminum alloys for aerospace and industrial applications.
OPM’s OXFAB® technology is ideally suited for highly demanding end-market aerospace, satellite and defense applications where functional complexity and weight reduction can have a substantial and positive impact on performance, while also yielding cost and energy savings. OXFAB® structures offer significant weight, cost and time-to-market reductions that are defined in a set of specified performance attributes in the exhaustive OPM B-Basis database, developed in conjunction with NASA and Northrop Grumman.
The principal material of construction for OXFAB–Ni is OPM’s proprietary PEKK (poly-ether-ketone-ketone) formulation, OXPEKK®. This high performance polymeric material has an extraordinary range of benefits that include robust mechanical performance, extreme temperature tolerance, high purity, gamma stability, and extremely high chemical resistance.