Oxford Performance Materials, a space materials firm based in South Windsor, Connecticut, USA, has partnered with Boeing and Solvay to advance additive manufacturing for lightweight materials in space vehicles.
Solvay is providing innovative Additive Manufacturing light-weighting products to allow the development and manufacture of components of Boeing’s ambitious low-Earth orbit aerospace project.
Armin Klesing, Solvay’s Aerospace Polymers Manager, said: “Solvay has positioned itself as the material science leader for Additive Manufacturing technologies and processes for very challenging advanced transportation applications.
“Consistent product quality and robust supply chain security are essential factors to manufacture very high standard parts on time in this fast-growing market.”
Bernard Plishtin, Chief Business Development Officer, Oxford Performance Materials, said: “From the project’s inception, we needed to provide not only significant weight and cost savings but also a drastic cut in lead-times. This was made possible by Solvay’s reliable supply of high performance materials for our specific additive manufacturing processes for 3D-printed aerospace structures.”
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