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January 2023

Product Update

A2024-RAM2 fatigue properties are examined for industrial production qualification

The recent Science Direct article titled “Microstructure and Fatigue Properties of Al2024-RAM2 Aluminum Alloy Obtained by Laser Powder Bed Fusion” disseminates their fatigue testing results and findings with Elementum 3D’s A2024-RAM2 aluminum alloy. Due to the consistent and equiaxed microstructure, the study found that printed A2024-RAM2 fatigue performance was only slightly influenced by build orientation.  The surface roughness was found to have a larger effect on fatigue performance with an excellent 107 cycles runout stress of 200 MPa for polished specimens and 100 to 120 MPa for as-built surfaces.

Elementum 3D’s patented Reactive Additive Manufacturing (RAM) process has introduced printable high-strength aluminum alloys such as A2024-RAM2 to manufacturers interested in 3D printing light-weight parts with excellent mechanical performance (including at temperature) and good thermal conductivity.

The findings in this study continue to expand the independent publicly available data for RAM aluminums and build confidence in performance for aerospace, automotive, and defense manufacturers.

A2024 Ram2 Industrial Production Qualification

3D printed nickel alloys with superior high-temp strength & crack-free

3D Printed Nickel AlloysElementum 3D has expanded its patented Reactive Additive Manufacturing (RAM) to nickel superalloy powder feedstocks. This allows us to deliver increased strength at higher temperatures through dispersion strengthening and reduction in microstructural defects, including reduced porosity and microcracking compared to the base alloy.

The current released offerings are IN625-RAM2 and Ni230-RAM1. Our material experts are also developing RAM versions of IN738LC, C276, H214, and Mar247.

RAM nickel superalloys are developed for additive manufacturing (AM) applications for industries that benefit from high mechanical strength, creep and oxidation resistance at high temperatures. Targeted industries include aerospace and power industry applications such as turbine blades and jet/rocket engines, industrial gas turbines, heat exchangers, and nuclear components.

3D Printed Nickel Alloys Data

Advantages of RAM Developed Nickel Superalloys

  • Many AM produced nickel superalloys fail AM due to microcracking — RAM can eliminate microcracking. 
  • Reactive Additive Manufacturing is a patented process using in-situ reactions to produce nano scale inoculants that refine grain structure and strengthen materials. The front-page bottom micrograph displays RAM’s effect on Alloy 230, by removing cracking and refining microstructure.
  • Elementum 3D superalloy work was funded by the National Science Foundation, Navy, and industry leaders.
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Upcoming Events


Bridging The Gap Webinar 03082023


AMUG – May 19 – 23 | Chicago, IL USA | Booth 56


TMS 2023 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society) – March 19-23, 2023  |  San Diego, California USA  |  Presentation Title: Using analytical solidification models to solve solidification cracking in laser powder bed fusion processed Ni-based alloys


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.