Nickel Exhaust System Part - In625-Ram2


The Most Advanced Nickel Superalloys

In addition to traditional versions of gas-atomized, nickel alloy additive manufacturing powders, Elementum 3D offers innovative, dispersion-strengthened nickel AM powders with advanced features, thanks to our proprietary RAM (Reactive Additive Manufacturing) process.

RAM gives nickel alloy additive manufacturers the opportunity to 3D print more types of components. These nickel alloy AM powders are mixed with ceramic elements, yielding dispersion-strengthened metal matrix composite (MMC) nickel powders with optimal flow and superior product performance, even in the most challenging environments.

Our nickel alloy powders come in a range of formulations, sizes, and shapes for use in: 

  • Laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) additive processes, also referred to as selective laser melting (SLM) and direct metal laser sintering (DMLS).
  • Blown powder directed energy deposition.
  • Other leading powder additive manufacturing processes.

We also formulate and test innovative RAM-based formulations of nickel alloy AM powders to provide the specific alloy properties the client requires.

Elementum’s RAM Nickel Alloy Additive Manufacturing Powders

In our patented RAM process, we mix gas-atomized nickel alloy materials with ceramic particulates to deliver nickel alloy powders with higher performance than unmodified, off-the-shelf varieties.


This can make all the difference for manufacturers that need to reliably 3D print their nickel-based components with characteristics like:


  • Excellent mechanical strength and creep resistance so products maintain their form over time at high temperatures and under high force or stress loads.
  • Good surface stability.
  • High levels of corrosion and oxidation resistance.
  • Greater tensile strength at room and high temperature.

More Information on RAM and MMC

Our RAM technology utilizes exothermic chemical reactions to synthesize product materials during the additive process, forming the desired metal matrix composite.


MMCs have a continuous metal matrix phase and one or more additional phases, such as sub-micron ceramic reinforcements. Combining different materials in this way can produce a unique and advantageous set of high-performance properties for the part.


The MMC formulations are customized by varying the:


  • Type and fraction of the reinforcement material.
  • Size and shape of the reinforcement.
  • Production methods.


Thanks to the RAM process, many previously un-weldable and unprintable nickel alloys are now available for 3D metal printing with enhanced processing flow and spreadability.

Elementum3D is a reliable source of high performing nickel alloy additive manufacturing gas-atomized powders.

AM Powder Research & Development Services

Our team of additive manufacturing materials experts also provides materials and application development guidance for our customers. We custom-mix and then test new varieties of nickel alloy powders based on a customer’s detailed product specifications and their 3D printing processes. We also advise them on application processes to improve reliability, yields, and part performance.

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.