June 2023

Momentumheader2023 Scaled
Product Update

JPL qualifies Elementum 3D A6061-RAM2™ material for flight hardware production

The quest for new materials for use in space exploration has found success in additive manufacturing.

On April 21, 2021, NASA released two technical standards: NASA-STD-6030, Additive Manufacturing (AM)  Requirements for Crew Spacecraft Systems, and NASA-STD-6033, Additive Manufacturing Requirements for Equipment and Facilities Control. The sole purpose of these standards is to integrate AM into the development and manufacture of flight hardware to reduce cost, optimize mission capabilities and advance aeronautic applications.

General Requirements

Fast forward to 2023, NASA/JPL recently announced that they have established a flight-qualified process for producing hardware using metal AM materials. A6061-RAM2™ and Ti64 are the first materials approved for the infusion of AM technology into spacecraft and rovers. The manufacturing of flight hardware using a qualified additive manufacturing process are conducted at JPL’s additive manufacturing center. The rigorous qualifying process satisfies the NASA-STD-6030 requirements. The QMP ensures a consistent process using specified controls of the raw material feedstock and an evaluation of the process capability for each AM machine, all which are documented in a configuration controlled QMP record.

Elementum 3D is thankful for NASA/JPL. Their relentless drive to advance the complexity of spaceflight hardware is setting the bar for the rest of the AM community. Their uncompromising approach to quality is what all AM disciplines need to strive for to produce greater AM adoption.

We’ve updated the IN625-RAM2™ datasheet

In625-Ram2 Data SheetThe Elementum 3D team continues the improve its products for the ever-changing additive manufacturing landscape. The updated IN625-RAM2™ datasheet adds new high-productivity print parameters to provide optimal parts production needs for any customer. The RAM constituents added to IN625 add a yield strength boost for as-printed parts allowing for quicker parts development and production without needing heat treatment. The team has also developed 60µm parameters that yield higher surface finishes than the previously offered 40µm parameters.

Here are the updates:

  • The addition of multiple layer thickness printing parameters
  • Mechanical properties at different layer heights
  • Density
  • Surface finish
Team News

Are you interested in knowing…

if there is a suitable additive manufacturing (AM) material that can perform at temperatures above 1000°C with exceptional tensile, creep and dispersion performance? Or what are the next high-quality metal alloy and refractory powders being developed to fill the gap between having a revolutionary application concept and achieving printability of the next advancement in medical, energy, automotive and aerospace? If so, save the date on your calendar and register for the Emerging AM Materials webinar to learn what’s next in AM material development.

The 1.5 hour “Bridging the Gap” webinar will include presentations from four of the top AM material experts in the world and a 20-minute Q&A round table discussion following the presentations.

Gain material insights on…

  • Space Robotics
  • Extreme environment
  • Magnetic performance
  • Carbide cutting tools and gears
  • Metal matrix composites
  • Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) alloy design
  • Refractory, aluminum, and copper alloy design
Save The Date Invite Presenters Scaled

Upcoming events


SEMICON West: July 11-13  |  San Francisco, CA USA  |  Booth share with 3D Systems

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

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.