2021 Momentum Newsletter
Product Update

Materials development requests on the rise

The ability to 3D print custom and industry standard metals has been at the top of most additive manufacturing (AM) user’s wish list since the first 3D printed metal component was printed over three decades ago. Demand for novel AM powders continues to rise, with more companies buying additive manufacturing (AM) hardware and scaling their AM usage, but availability is still limited. 

3D Printing Materials

Elementum 3D’s proven success in expanding the printable metals library regularly generates a wide variety of metal material development requests from the AM community. We have listed some of our most recent inquires to give our readers an inside look at what materials end users are interested in printing in the near future. 

Aluminum 3000 and 5000 series is sought after from customers looking to optimize current parts with 3D printed versions that would benefit from our property enhancing RAM technology and the design freedom of additive manufacturing.  

Aluminum Bronze is a good fit for hydraulic applications which requires high hardness and good corrosion resistance.

A1000-RAM1 has been requested by several customers, including a very large transportation manufacturer. This material would introduce a highly conductive material with adequate strength for most applications, essentially marrying A1000-RAM10’s strength with and A1000-AM conductivity.

Titanium metal matrix composite (Ti MMC) would exceed the wear resistance over the industry standard Ti64 and provide wear resistance values comparable to cobalt chrome. Growing industry interest will be the trigger for development of Ti MMC

Team News

It's show time in Chicago

Rapid + TCT is one of the largest additive manufacturing (AM) trade shows in North America and is expected to be bigger than ever as it celebrates its 30th year. We are excited to be one of over 200 hands-on exhibitors ready to share real-world additive manufacturing solutions with visitors and interact with industry leaders from around the world. The event will be located at McCormick Place, September 13-15 in Chicago, IL.

Rapid + Tct Trade Show

We look forward to you visiting us at booth E9019 and the opportunity to discuss how our advanced materials for metal AM can support your manufacturing goals. Please contact us for complementary tickets if you’re planning on attending the event. 

Am Industry News
Last Month'S Articles

Elementum 3D adds SPEE3D’s cold spray AM technology

On July 27, 2021, Elementum 3D announced the acquisition of a SPEE3D cold spray metal 3D printing technology. With the addition of a WarpSPEE3D metal 3D printer, we now have the latest tool for advancing our current additive manufacturing (AM) capability.

The WarpSPEE3D is SPEE3D’s large format cold spray metal 3D printing machine able to build multiple components at once up to 1000mm x 700mm in diameter. It has the capacity to print 30 tons of metal parts per year and is 100 to 1000 times faster than traditional metal 3D printing methods. The WarpSPEE3D system uses supersonic jets of metal powder to fuse material through a kinetic-to-thermal energy transformation.

Spee3D Cold Spray Metal 3D Printing Technology

“We are very excited about partnering with such a pioneering company such as Elementum 3D.  Their additive manufacturing and material expertise will help to bring Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing to the forefront and quite literally change the way parts are manufactured in several industries,” states Byron Kennedy, CEO of SPEE3D.

The acquisition enables Elementum 3D to offer a rapid and cost-effective cold spray solution for customers who require large, high-quality metal AM parts for applications such as Defense, mining, oil and gas, aerospace, automotive industries, and more.

“We are confident the acquisition of SPEE3D’s technology will be an excellent addition to our current capabilities. Developing and applying Elementum 3D materials to SPEE3D’s cold spray printers is a major step forward towards our goal to offer customers a comprehensive range of AM solutions,” stated Dr. Jacob Nuechterlein, CEO of Elementum 3D.

Elementum 3D Printing Materials

Why are print parameters included with Elementum 3D powders?

Elementum 3D provides printing parameters with the purchase of Elementum 3D powders because they are the most important factor to increasing efficiency when 3D printing a high quality component. Printing parameters provide the processing information required to coordinate the printing of a component using a 3D printer, equivalent to the instructions required to bake a cake!

3D Printing With Parameters

For over six years Elementum 3D has honed its expertise in developing advanced high-performance AM materials along with the parameters required to print them. The development and maintenance of our material parameters are regularly reviewed and updated for all Elementum 3D-approved laser powder bed fusion printers and others. This practice ensures the end user will consistently print high quality components.

Given the importance of parameters, it is amazing how often AM powders are sold without parameters. A primary reason for extended delays in 3D printing is from not having parameters available. When parameters are not provided end users will most likely experience difficulties achieving expected material properties and consume a great deal of time using inefficient trial-and-error techniques.

Inclusion of printing parameters with all Elementum 3D materials is just one of the ways we are making additive manufacturing more attractive to manufacturers. Another is providing heat treatment schedules (included when necessary)!

Elementum 3D Printing Materials
Photo Credit: Jpl

NASA JPL test A6061-RAM2 parameters

JPL has advanced new alloy qualification to a new frontier with the printing of a scaled-down model of the Mars Perseverance rover wheel.  While many from several industries have designed and printed various components to test A6061-RAM2 parameters, the JPL printing of the rover wheel is a first. Their attention to detail is impressive. They included flexures in the suspension design and the grousers are straight, making it clear that this is the wheel from Perseverance.

While this is a test component, we are nevertheless excited to see that JPL is researching new additive manufacturing alloys for future space travel applications.

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.