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April 2023

Product Update

Elementum 3D launches new high-strength aluminum alloy that eliminates the need for heat treatment

Elementum 3D, is set to launch its revolutionary A5083-RAM5 aluminum alloy at the upcoming Rapid + TCT 2023 event, taking place from May 2-4. Developed in part with the support of the US Army, this innovative alloy provides exceptional printability, highly consistent properties, and impressive strength, all without requiring heat treatment.

Traditionally, wrought aluminum alloy 5083 has been known for its high strength and corrosion resistance, making it a top choice for applications in seawater and other harsh environments. However, its composition has historically made it unsuitable for use in fusion-based additive manufacturing processes due to solidification cracking.

Utilizing patented reactive additive manufacturing (RAM) technology, these limitations have been overcome by synthesizing nanoscale reinforcements during the printing process to create a fine equiaxed microstructure with superior properties and printability. As a result, A5083-RAM5 exhibits consistent tensile properties in both horizontal and vertical orientations, as well as in as-printed and stress-relieved states. The RAM additions result in significantly higher strengths than wrought 5083 products, with as-printed A5083-RAM5 demonstrating an impressive 1.8x the yield strength of strain-hardened wrought 5083-H116 and, in the stress relieved state, delivering a remarkable 2.9x the yield strength of wrought 5083-O.


High-Strength Aluminium Alloy A5083-Ram5

The release of A5083-RAM5 enables manufacturers to print advanced components from a high-strength aluminum alloy with reduced post-processing time and cost. Moreover, the alloy does not contain any rare elements leading to a robust supply chain. Printed A5083-RAM5 is designed for use in any applications wrought 5083 alloy is traditionally used including pressure vessels, marine components, aerospace components, energy sector applications, as well as applications that benefit from the higher strength and design complexity offered by A5083-RAM and AM processing.

This research was funded in part by the US Army under contract #W911NF20C0012 by the ARMY Research office ARO. This product is based in part upon work supported by the U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research Program Office and the Army Research Office under Contract No. W911NF20C0012. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research Program Office or the Army Research Office.

Team News

ISO 9001-2015 Recertification awarded

Iso 9001-2015 RecertificationOn April 24, 2023, Elementum 3D successfully completed their ISO9001:2015 Recertification Audit.

The objective of this audit is to review and confirm continued compliance to all of the requirements of the ISO 9001 standards as it relates to the external and internal issues relevant to Elementum 3D’s purpose, strategic direction and process documentation.

Passing the surveillance audit ensures that Elementum 3D’s quality management systems are well defined, established, monitored, and measured. Furthermore, it confirms the criteria, methods, operational procedures and resources are in place for the operation and control of Elementum 3D’s manufacturing processes.

“Accomplishing ISO9001:2015 recertification for quality management and manufacturing processes demonstrates Elementum 3D’s customer focused mindset. Our dedication to quality, compliance, and communication assures our customers that they are receiving world-class products and services,” said Dr. Jacob Nuechterlein, Elementum 3D president and founder.

Upcoming events


Rapid+TCT – May 2-4  |  Chicago, IL USA  |  Booth 3051


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 development and market outreach.
He has managed multiple marketing projects and budgets for a variety of services and products.

Patrick also successfully grew an IT consulting business from a two-man basement business to a profitable eight employee business in 4-years. Patrick’s daily focus is to unify customer experience, brand purpose, creative communication, and marketing technology to drive the growth of the business.

Tyler Blumenthal

Tyler Blumenthal

Sales Manager, RPM Innovations, Inc.

Tyler’s message will key on blown powder Directed Energy Deposition (L-DED) for AM and repair and why this process is being realized by industry as one of the key pillars in printing thin wall part structures and large part envelope requirements.

Shawn Allan

Shawn Allan

Vice President, Lithoz America, LLC

Shawn will reveal how Lithography-based Ceramic Manufacturing (LCM) is producing high resolution, high performance technical ceramics that can serve a wide range of applications and structural materials, such as alumina, zirconia, and silicon nitride. He will also touch on how LCM has progressed into multi-material components incorporating ceramics and metals.

Jeff Lints

Jeff Lints

Founder/CEO, Fortius Metals, Inc.

Jeff’s presentation will focus on the advances in wire DED, including welding processes for wire DED (arc, laser, and e-beam), next-generation alloys for large format metal 3D printing, and use cases that can benefit from replacing large forgings, replacing large machined billets, and producing advanced tooling — enabling next generation designs.

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.