3/7/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

Oxford Performance Materials Awarded Boeing Contract for 3D-Printed Production Parts

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The Oxfab production parts will be used on the CST-100 Starliner.

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Oxford Performance Materials Inc. (OPM), a materials and additive manufacturing company, has begun shipping Oxfab 3D-printed production parts to The Boeing Company for installation in the Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. The Starliner—designed to transport up to seven passengers, or a mix of crew and cargo, to low earth orbit destinations such as the International Space Station—is under development in collaboration with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

The Oxfab components for the Starliner are created using high-performance additive manufacturing (HPAM) technologies. OPM uses selective laser melting in combination with a high-performance polymeric material to create parts with good mechanical performance, temperature tolerance and other attributes. OPM’s Aerospace & Industrial Division has established a set of robust performance attributes verified in an exhaustive B-Basis database that was developed in conjunction with NASA. Boeing selected OPM as a result of the company’s demonstrated ability to continually produce highly specified aerospace parts that consistently perform in demanding space environments, the company says.

“From our earliest discussions with Boeing, they stressed the need to see significant reductions in weight, cost and lead times in order to consider replacing traditional metallic and composite parts with a new technology for their space program,” said Lawrence Varholak, president of OPM Aerospace & Industrial.  

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