Elementum 3D’s AM materials earn top honors at Starburst Accelerator

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Erie, CO-based metal materials development startup comes out on top of a field of 10 aerospace competitors.
Denver, CO – Elementum 3D, an advanced additive manufacturing (AM) materials research and development company, today announced it was the highest ranked company at the recent Starburst Accelerator event in Denver, Colorado. The event, co-hosted by Panasonic, was an invitation-only opportunity for ten aerospace startups to pitch their businesses to industry leaders and investors. “Starburst Accelerator identifies and helps grow the most promising startups in aviation, defense, and aerospace, supporting them with access to expert consulting, an accelerator, and venture capital,” said François Chopard, Founder, CEO, and Managing Director of Starburst Accelerator.

Elementum 3D placed first in the “Desire to Work With” voting and in the top 3 for “Qualitative Evaluation” voting. Event jury members from leading aerospace companies were impressed with Elementum 3D’s groundbreaking Reactive Additive Manufacturing (RAM) technology and the fact that it can be used to introduce previously unavailable high-performance and exotic materials. Mr. Chopard agreed by adding, “Elementum 3D impressed us with its innovative technology and we know the company’s advancements in 3D printing will be critical to advancing manufacturing on Earth and in space.” Elementum 3D’s recently released Aluminum MMC material, developed with their RAM technology, is approximately two and a half times the yield strength of AlSi10Mg, the most widely used AM aluminum. Their Al MMC product will be available for purchase directly through EOS by early 2018.

Dr. Jacob Nuechterlein, founder and president of Elementum 3D was very excited to learn about the positive feedback from the Starburst event. “The reaction from the Starburst Accelerator guests’ is a shot of adrenaline for all of us at Elementum 3D, said Nuechterlein. “Opening up the metal AM materials library to AM users is our ultimate goal; but, more importantly, new materials will swipe away a big roadblock stopping manufacturers, engineers and designers from being able to enjoy the many benefits of additive manufacturing,” continued Nuechterlein. “Additive manufacturing is emerging quickly, but just think how fast the market could grow if new metal materials were introduced at a rate of two, four or even ten every year? Only time will tell.”

About Starburst Accelerator
Starburst Accelerator, the global aerospace and aviation incubator, provides support to start-ups seeking to commercialize their activities in the aeronautics, defense and space markets. The program acts as a catalyst, linking early-stage companies to a wide network of strategic industry players and potential partners to accelerate the adoption of breakthrough innovations. Through its dedicated venture capital network, Starburst Venture also supports fundraising initiatives and strategic investments. Starburst has offices in Los Angeles, Munich, Paris, Singapore, Montreal and San Francisco. Please visit us at www.starburst.aero.

About Elementum 3D
Erie, CO-based Elementum 3D was founded by Dr. Jacob Nuechterlein in 2014. With a team that has 30 years of collective experience working in powder metallurgy, Elementum 3D’s goal is to significantly expand the metal additive manufacturing materials market by introducing advanced metals, composites, and ceramics. Find them on the web at elementum3d.com.

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.