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July 2023

Product Update

Elementum 3D to lead project focused on modeling additive geometries with novel materials for aerospace applications

America Makes
Elementum 3D (E3D) was recently awarded $500,000 in funding through the America Makes Cooperative Agreement to lead a project focused on modeling additive geometries with novel materials for aerospace applications under Phase 2 of the High Temperature Applications Using Additive Manufacturing Program. The United States Department of Defense (DoD) recognizes the critical importance of high-velocity missile system capability to support the U.S. warfighter. These systems offer rapid response and accurate delivery of weapons effects through highly contested environments. E3D, specializing in the creation of advanced metals, composites, and ceramics to support additive manufacturing (AM) processes, will partner with Rolls-Royce, Applied Optimization, and the Applied Research Lab at Penn State University to advance high-temperature airframe materials and manufacturing technology to ensure that the U.S. military has a superior advantage over its adversaries.

Funded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Manufacturing Technology (OSD ManTech) Program and Air Force Research Laboratory, E3D will work to leverage its proprietary Ni230-RAM1 material for additively manufactured heat shield tiles for turbine engines. Ni230-RAM1 is a highly crack-resistant modification of Haynes 230 nickel superalloy, which, though generally considered weldable, experiences extensive microcracking in laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) printing.

The project objective is to combine advanced material technologies with computational models to solve cracking and warping issues in LPBF printing of nickel superalloys. E3D’s reactive additive manufacturing (RAM) material technology will largely address cracking issues; and computational modeling using measured material property and in-situ process monitoring data as inputs, will predict geometry-dependent warping behavior. The model will also generate geometry-specific process parameters to prevent distortion.

The results of the 18-month project should enable more predictable and reliable LPBF printing of distortion-prone nickel superalloys and form a basis for predictive tools that can be applied to other material systems. Greater reliability will ultimately result in fewer scrap builds and reprints, increased efficiency, lower costs, and overall improved operating performance to meet the demanding requirements of high-velocity flight.

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Registration for the Emerging AM Materials still open! The 1.5 hour webinar kicks off on Wednesday, August 2nd at 11am EST.

This webinar provides a wonderful opportunity to learn…

  • why AM refractory alloys (tungsten, rhenium, WRe, tantalum, and C103) are gaining significant traction in medical, nuclear energy, and aerospace.
  • what new alloys and manufacturing processes are enabling extreme environment robotic space exploration.
  • why is there a resurgence of interest in printable oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) alloys.
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Tough Mudder Collage

Annual team building event gets messy


On July 22, Elementum 3D employees joined forces to finish the “Tough Mudder,” located in Byers, Colorado. This was the fourth straight year the “Elementum 3D TOUGH” team has crossed the finish line.


The Tough Mudder event is more than just a grueling 10-mile course with 30 uniquely challenging obstacles, it is our annual teambuilding event. It a messy, sloppy and muddy course filled with extremes that tests everyone’s stamina, agility, and skill, but it also builds connections with teammates from different departments, improves company morale, and inspired some friendly competition with between teammates and departments

Upcoming events


Emerging AM Materials: August 2 | 11am – 12:30pm ET


FORMNEXT – November 7-10  |  Frankfurt, Germany  |  Booth 11.1-C62


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.