4/2/2019

Hexcel HexAM Technology Produces Flight-Ready Parts

Originally titled 'AM Technology Technology Produces Flight-Ready Parts'

Rapid 2019: Hexcel’s HexAM additive manufacturing (AM) technology combines high-performance PEKK thermoplastics with carbon fiber to 3D print HexPEKK parts.

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Hexcel’s HexAM additive manufacturing (AM) technology combines high-performance PEKK thermoplastics with carbon fiber to produce flight-ready 3D-printed HexPEKK parts using selective laser sintering (SLS) technology. The components are said to provide weight, cost and time-to-market reductions, replacing incumbent cast or machined metallic parts while offering repeatable and validated material properties.

HexPEKK parts are chemically resistant and low outgassing; have a temperature performance range from -300°F to +300°F; and are already used in crewed space, satellite, military aviation and defense applications.

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