Metal Matrix Composite Demonstrates AM’s Promise for New Materials
The co-founder of a materials-development firm seeks to aid manufacturers in pursuing the material freedom of AM.
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.