March 2018

2018 Momentum Newsletter
Product Update
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Aluminum 6061 is now available!

Elementum 3D is pleased to present AL6061-RAM2%, our newest 3D printable material. Elementum 3D’s novel reactive additive manufacturing (RAM) technology has enabled introduction of an aluminum alloy that achieves properties comparable to wrought 6061-T6 on existing laser powder bed fusion equipment. Key advantages of this material include incredible… Read more


New fatigue data proves aluminum MMC out performs high-temp engine alloy

Fatigue testing is critical to determine a material’s ability to withstand cyclic loading conditions over time. Elementum’s AL2024-RAM10% recently completed elevated temperature fatigue testing at 250°C with exceptional performance compared to other aluminum alloys available for AM and also compared to cast and wrought aluminum alloys.  At a stress level of 110 MPa, AL2024-RAM10% achieved excellent durability with 50,000,000 cycles. In fact, the 250°C fatigue behavior of Elementum 3D’s additively manufactured AL2024-RAM10% is significantly better than A319 cast aluminum that is often used for elevated temperature engine components. Demonstrating the excellent fatigue resistance of AL2024-RAM10% gives engineers the confidence to design for new material options.

Special thanks to AM Metals for providing fatigue testing results.

Team News

Elementum 3D is awarded NSF Phase II grant

We are thrilled to announce the award of $750,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award comes as an initiative for the NSF aimed at optimizing the use of additive manufacturing and nanotechnology. The grant will be used to accelerate the development and commercialization of a nickel superalloy metal matrix composite (superalloy-MMC) feedstock and parameter set for additive manufacturing. Our goal for developing superalloy-MMC is to fill the market need for an advanced 3D printed material suitable for… Read more (Link no longer available)


An EOS M400 is on its way to Erie

The recently purchased EOS M400-1 further demostrates our commitment to deliver advanced additive materials to customers interested in printing larger and more efficient components. Adding EOS’ percision M400-1 printer will expand our ability to offer our groundbreaking products and parameters to benefit the recent surge of customers looking to take full advantages of large format metal printers.


Fun facts about our hometown – Erie, CO USA

  • Founded in 1870, 6 years before Colorado achieved statehood.
  • Located about 20 minutes north of Denver
    2017 population 25,000
  • Elementum 3D was established in Erie in October 2014
  • The town is almost 20 sq miles incorporated (48 sq miles planning area) and boasts 134 acres of parks. Over 10% parks!!
  • Erie history timeline

Understanding Metal Matrix Composites

Throughout history, materials have defined our technology and fueled creative thinking to solve our problems and advance our capabilities. Today, engineering materials are often classified into categories, with the four major groups comprising metals, polymers, ceramics, and composites. Metal based composite materials, known as metal matrix composites (MMCs), are one of the major innovations in materials science and engineering since the late 19th century.

Composites are materials composed of at least two distinct constituent phases. Metal matrix composites have a continuous metal matrix phase and one or more additional phases such as ceramic reinforcements. The combination of different materials can produce a unique and advantageous set of properties with the freedom to… Read more


How would access to new high-performance AM metal-based materials affect your business?

Limited availability of metal-based materials in additive manufacturing (AM) is the main factor for our existence. We believe engineers and manufacturers deserve to have the freedom to choose a specific high-performance material in AM to meet the rise in customers demand for superior products. Our goal is to provide customers with AM materials and properties they need, not just what’s available.

Contact us with your thoughts on this question and we will respond to you directly

Am Industry News

Meet our team and learn more about how and why we are passionate about developing superior metal-based materials and parameters for additive manufacturing.

All are welcome to drop by our Erie, Colorado facility on the second Friday of any month from      4 – 6 pm.

April 23-26 Rapid + TCT: Fort Worth, TX, Booth #735
September 13- 16 IMTS 2018: Chicago IL, Booth #432403
October 9- 11 Aluminium 2018: Dusseldorf, Germany, Booth #10/C07
November 13- 16 FormNext 2018: Frankfurt, Germany, Booth #TBD

Momentum Newsletter

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.