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
Currently, more types of metal materials can be machined than printed, due to the state of the art in 3D printing technologies. Our mission is to tip that balance.
We’re giving manufacturers more printable options for more metal matrix composites thanks to our patented RAM (reactive additive manufacturing) technology.
RAM synthesizes sub-micron ceramic reinforcements into alloy powders to produce printable, high-performance metal matrix composites (MMCs).
Our first RAM breakthroughs were with aluminum, and now we’ve quickly moved on to develop MMCs for copper, nickel alloys, steel alloys, tantalum, tungsten, 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 rely on us for RAM-improved metal alloy additive manufacturing MMCs for their components that must function in unique, more challenging environments. We research, develop, and produce those solutions using RAM technology.
Our metal matrix composites can be designed with enhanced properties for:
- Strength. Durability. Stability.
- Resistance to 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 matrix composite AM powders.
- 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.
Enhance lives by developing groundbreaking high-performance 3D printing materials and technology that can turn innovative concepts into reality.
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.
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.
Dr. Jacob Nuechterlein, Founder/President
Dr. Jeremy Iten, Chief Technology Officer
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
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
Steven Wagner, Vice President of Sales
Steven Wagner has 30 years of experience in industrial and manufacturing sales. Working with products ranging from pigment dispersions for commercial printing ink to … Read More
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
Jim DeGracia, Senior Vice President of Operations
Jared Rickaby, Vice President of Engineering Design
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.