Oxford Performance Materials signed with the Boeing Company to manufacture 3D printed structures for the Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, and OPM already started to deliver OXFAB® production parts for installation.

OPM was selected by Boeing to deliver 3D printed parts after it’s Aerospace and Industrial Division secured a set of performance attributes developed and verified in an exhaustive B-Basis database together with NASA.

“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.

Boeing already has a contract with NASA to build three Starliner taxis and found that OPM’s fire-and-radiation-resistant PEKK plastic is a suitable solution to reduce building costs.