About Elementum 3D

Elementum 3D is a leader in metal alloy additive manufacturing powder research, material and print process development, and scaled production.


Our firm with its highly trained team of materials science and metallurgy experts specializes in the creation of advanced metals, composites, and ceramics to support additive manufacturing processes.

Our Place in Metal Alloy Additive Manufacturing

Elementum 3D’s mission is to energize the manufacturing industry towards AM adoption by offering advanced materials that can’t be found anywhere else.


Materials are the life blood of additive manufacturing (AM), but currently more types of metal materials can be machined than printed. We haven’t let the limitations of 3D printing technologies block us from developing new high-performance materials and enhancing the properties of established AM materials.


Thanks to our patented RAM (reactive additive manufacturing) technology we are giving manufacturers access to significant performance benefits beyond the already mind-blowing benefits of additive manufacturing technology. RAM improves the performance of existing applications and makes it possible to produce new applications that were previously impossible. RAM synthesizes sub-micron ceramic reinforcements into alloy powders to print repeatable, cost effective, high-performance components.


Our first RAM breakthroughs were with aluminum, and now we have expanded to copper, nickel alloys, and steel alloys. We have also optimized the printability of non-RAM materials such as Invar, tantalum, rhenium, and more.

Our Range of Alloy AM Powder Solutions

Some component manufacturers simply need high volumes of high-quality, gas-atomized, metal alloy additive manufacturing powders. We can provide those non-RAM products.


Others require the advanced properties of metal matrix composites (MMC). Our RAM process provides significant versatility capable of delivering the disruptive benefits of MMCs to components that must function in unique, more challenging environments.


Our powders can be designed with enhanced properties for:

  • Strength. Durability. Stability.
  • Resistance to fatigue, abrasion, heat, oxidation, and corrosion
  • And other characteristics

The Future of 3D Metals Printing is Here … Now at Elementum 3D

The benefits of 3D printing have been apparent for some time. Over the last few years, though, our team has overcome two of the fundamental challenges in 3D metals printing:


  • How to create more varieties of previously unobtainable customized metal
  • How to ensure those powders can be easily and efficiently incorporated with leading 3D printer technologies.

The Elementum 3D team is laser-focused on remaining in the lead in both of those areas so that our customers in turn can lead their industries by supplying state-of-the-art, high-performing, alloy-based components.

Mission Statement

Enhance lives by developing groundbreaking high-performance 3D printing materials and technology that can turn innovative concepts into reality.

Vision Statement

Our continued success will be based on providing the most advanced 3D printing materials and technology while consistently maintaining supreme quality in all we do. Our commitment to serve our clients and investors will always be based on the highest level of respect and trust.

Team Bios

Elementum 3D’s success comes from our employee’s commitment to excellence. We look to our 50+ employees to advance their knowledge and skills every day to sustain our core initiative, provide a world-class experience at every Elementum 3D customer touch point.

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Dr. Jacob Nuechterlein, Founder/President

Dr. Jacob Nuechterlein is the founder and president of Elementum 3D in Erie, CO. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering (2010), Master of Science (2011), and Doctor of …Read More

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Vivek Pathak, Chief Financial Officer

Vivek Pathak has more than 30 years of experience in financial leadership positions, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to more than two decades establishing financial infrastructures … Read More

Jeremy Iten

Dr. Jeremy Iten, Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Jeremy Iten has over 20 years of leadership and materials development experience with emphases on reaction synthesis, powder metallurgy, welding, and additive … Read More

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Thom Stalcup, Chief Operating Officer

Thom Stalcup has a degree in mechanical engineering and has worked in high tech since the early 1980s. Elementum 3D is the fifth technology startup he has participated in … Read More

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Patrick Callard, Chief Marketing Officer

Patrick Callard earned a B.B.A. in advertising from Western Michigan University in 1990. He provides over 30 years of experience in marketing communications, new business … Read More

Jason Ting

Dr. Jason Ting, Director of Atomization Operations

Dr. Jason Ting is the Director of Atomization Operations. He is leading the company’s metal powder feedstock production centered around Elementum 3D’s patented RAM Materials … Read More

Jared Rickaby

Jared Rickaby, Vice President of Engineering Design

Jared Rickaby has been with the core team of Elementum 3D since 2015. He has 20 years of experience in a suite of 3D CAD softwares, and with that experience, leads the CAD …Read More

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Martine Iten, IT Director

Martine Iten is a passionate IT Director with over a decade of hands-on experience in implementing and supporting secure and compliant IT infrastructures. She is focused on ensuring … Read More


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Jacob's Story

Jacob Nuechterlein has always been attracted to finding ways to directly impact lives. This internal need is the driving force behind the conception and perseverance of Elementum 3D (formerly Sinter Print Inc.).

Jacob’s first love was chemistry, and then he saw molten metal being poured…bye bye chemistry. There was something physical and intriguing about metal and it set him on a course to create materials that could revolutionize the future of manufacturing.

Jacob went on to earn his PhD in Powder Material Science at Colorado School of Mines. There he gained the expertise needed to understand the advantages and disadvantages of subtractive manufacturing. One day Jacob was mixing particles and casting metal and he had an insightful yet limiting thought, “these amazing processes cannot be commercialized.” Later that day, he and a friend went out for a drink. They ended up talking about life after graduation and different technologies. During their conversation about layered additive manufacturing (3D printing), the seed was planted inside Jacob’s head.

The concept that evolved was to merge the unique capabilities of powder material science and the layer-by-layer control offered by 3D printing. The idea tumbled around in Jacob’s head for a while until he decided to reach out to a lifelong mentor. As Jacob’s 8th grade teacher, his mentor inspired him to love science and ingrained in him the importance of being innovative. His mentor responded to his idea by suggesting that if he’s really interested in starting something, he should jump in with both feet. Jacob didn’t hesitate. Jacob knew that he would be experiencing those first time stresses and the fear of the unknown as he attempted the first Elementum 3D experiment. The experiment was simply to try his idea to see if it would work. It worked all right, the very first try and astonishingly well. He couldn’t believe it because he was mentally prepared for the exhaustive time it would take to do the research and the many setbacks, but it simply didn’t happen. There are always hurdles and problems that need solving as in any venture, but Jacob knows the ongoing rewards make it all worthwhile.

Now, Jacob is seeing his idea coming to life. People are getting excited about Elementum 3D’s ability to expand current metal capabilities, which will directly affect all of our lives by providing safer, stronger and lighter products. The research alone has opened many windows of opportunity. In fact, the research has eased the resistance that a small company usually encounters and has helped create partnerships and build interest to keep Jacob’s idea alive.


Jacob hasn’t done it alone. Adapting to the speed of business isn’t accomplished by one, but by many. The support from existing relationships like family, friends and business mentors is crucial at the beginning, but he knew true success would come from being open to new relationships. His connection with each employee has been instrumental in pushing Elementum 3D to a higher level. Jacob is always quick to point out that they know how to pull their own weight and believe in the direction of the company 100 percent.

Looking back, Jacob understands that there are some decisions that could have been made differently, but he fully believes in the power of looking forward. Elementum 3D has continued to progress at an amazing rate and everyone involved is excited to continue the wild ride.

Jamie Perozzi

VP of Technology 6K Additive

Mr. Perozzi has 20+ years of specialty metals experience with a focus on process, new product development, product management, and application engineering. Before joining 6K, Perozzi spent seven years at AMETEK Specialty Metal Products responsible for quality and process engineering. Prior to Ametek, he spent 10 years at Hitachi Metals – Metglas and 3 years at J&L Specialty Steel. Perozzi holds a BS Metallurgical Engineering degree from Penn State University.

Dr. Timothy Smith

Materials Research Engineer NASA Glenn Research Center

Tim Smith graduated with a PhD in materials science and engineering from Ohio State University in 2016. After graduating, his pathways internship at NASA Glenn research center became a full-time position. His research focuses on high temperature alloy development and characterization. He has contributed to 29 peer-reviewed publications including journals in Nature Communications and Nature Communications Materials. His research has also produced 10 new technology reports and 3 utility patents. He recently received both the Early Career Achievement Medal in 2020 and the Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 2022.

Dr. Douglas Hoffman

Senior Research Scientist (SRS)/ Principal Section Technologist NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Douglas Hofmann is a Senior Research Scientist and Principal at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he serves as the Section Technologist for the Mechanical Fabrication and Test Section. He is also a Lecturer and Visiting Associate at Caltech in the Applied Physics and Materials Science Department. Dr. Hofmann founded JPL’s Metallurgy Facility in 2010, was a charter member of the Materials Development and Manufacturing Technology Group, and helped establish the JPL Additive Manufacturing Center. He is the Principal Investigator of the NASA FAMIS Flight Experiment and was a 2012 recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Obama. He has spent more than 12 years working in metal additive manufacturing and has over 30 granted patents and over 60 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Jacob Nuechterlein

President/Founder Elementum 3D

Dr. Jacob Nuechterlein is the founder and president of Elementum 3D in Erie, CO. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy at the Colorado School of Mines. Jacob has been researching, teaching, or consulting on topics such as casting and powder metallurgy for the last 14 years. Elementum 3D’s work with powder bed laser additive manufacturing is based on these principles. In addition, is thesis work in thermodynamics and formation kinetics of metal matrix composites is directly related to all 3D printing processes.