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In a recent publication on the company’s official website, Northrop Grumman engineers focused on the benefits of PBF 3D printed ESD PEKK materials for aerospace applications. The evolution of additive manufacturing has opened a new door for advanced materials. One such additive advantage comes from electrostatic dissipative PolyEtherKetoneKetone (ESD PEKK), which according to Northrop Grumman fellow Eric Barnes, “makes aircraft cheaper, lighter-weight and faster to build.”

But how does this high-performance thermoplastic work? What benefits does it offer? And what does it mean for the future of aerospace manufacturing frameworks? One of the benefits as compared to other high-performance thermoplastic is it’s relatively easy to process. It brings a lot of really good performance properties to our applications.

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