Metal Matrix Composite Demonstrates Additive Manufacturing’s Promise for New Materials

The co-founder of a materials-development firm seeks to aid manufacturers in pursuing the material freedom of AM.
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According to Jacob Nuechterlein, co-founder and solutions developer for Elementum 3D, the aluminum alloy used in the company’s newly invented metal matrix composite (MMC) is not 3D-printable on its own. Not every metal is a candidate for use in an additive process. With this alloy, a form made of the metal will tear itself apart from internal stresses as it is built up in a laser powder-bed additive machine.

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