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2021 Momentum Newsletter
Team News

Elementum 3D expands equipment breadth and depth

The significant increase in equipment purchases in 2021 correlates with rapid growth in human resources during COVID-19. Both contribute to Elementum 3D’s agility, responsiveness, and dedication to our customers.

Investments in production and research equipment maximize our capability to directly impact customer experience through increased versatility, efficiency, reliability, and cost-effectiveness. Furthermore, access to new technology will expand our technician’s knowledge of and experience on additive manufacturing related equipment, strengthening Elementum 3D’s ability to accommodate our customer’s unique needs and timeframes.

This boost in new equipment has already increased the quantity and quality of our products and services and our ability to offer more value to our customers.

New Equipment in 2021

Production Equipment:

  • EOS M400-1kW System (Qty: 4)
  • Spee3D Cold-Spray Printer
  • Elcan Hi-Sifter Advanced sieving System
  • Addiguru In-Situ Process Monitoring System (Qty: 4) (combination of AM process imaging with artificial intelligence (AI) based analysis to identify and log potential build issues and provide real-time notifications)

Research Equipment:

  • EXUM Massbox Laser Ablation Laser Ionization Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer (LALI-TOF-MS)
  • Phenom ParticleX AM Desktop Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) 
  • Sandridge Granite surface plate with precision height gauge
  • QSonica Ultrasonic System
Exium Massbox Laser Ablation Laser Ionization Time Of Flight Mass Spectrometer
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Elementum 3D is now an America Makes member!

We are honored and highly motived to collaborate with America Makes and the extraordinary technical minds in the additive manufacturing community. As a member, Elementum 3D joins the small-, medium- and large-sized enterprises, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and government agencies with the collective goal to advance our great nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness and accelerate mainstream adoption of additive manufacturing.

America Makes Member

Access to America Makes vast resources, including valuable intellectual property, technical presentations, and project calls, are beneficial assets and we have wasted no time in actively establishing connections with fellow America Makes members to develop relevant and trusted strategic and operating partnerships.

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Exchanging ideas on-site at FormNext 2021!

On-line/virtual trade shows may be an effective route when there is a global pandemic, but unfortunately, they simply do not measure up to in-person events and face-to-face interactions. Missing is the human connection, body language, and most of all, the ability to hold and inspect a cool part!


Elementum 3D is thrilled to be exhibiting on-site at Formnext, the world’s leading Additive Manufacturing trade fair, and welcomes the opportunity to build new relationships and deepen existing ones. Our team of materials experts are eager to exchange ideas with attendees and discuss how those ideas might resonate with our technologies, products, and services.

Please contact us for complementary tickets if you are planning on attending the event. Formnext 2021 will be held at Messe Frankfurt Hall 12 on November 16-19 in Frankfurt, Germany. We look forward to seeing you at our booth – 12.1-E18. 

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Staff update


Orlando Hale – Facilities Technician

Luke Collier – CAD Technician

Noah Wieber – Engineering Technician


Jason Garner – promoted to AM Technician II


Supply Chain Specialist (Full-time)

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Grcop-42 Propulsion Components

Phase III Expansion awarded by NASA

Elementum is excited to begin work printing new GRCop-42 propulsion components for NASA MSFC. This work is an expansion of our Phase III SBIR contract with NASA and will utilize one of our EOS M400 systems with the advanced process parameters we have previously developed in this contract.  

The scope of the project includes process development for large format print quality and speed, and property characterization of rocket engine components.

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Custom aluminum bronze material development on track

Aluminum Bronze Contour Development Build Plate

Aluminum bronze is not a common alloy, but the combination of optimal hardness and corrosive resistance makes it an exceptional material for hydraulic and aquatic applications. Recently, a customer approached us to transition their aluminum bronze bushing from traditional manufacturing to the versatile additive manufacturing (AM) process. The research and development activities required to tailor the material properties to their specific needs were achieved faster than the customer expected.

The success of printing the aluminum bronze bushing rested on Elementum 3D’s ability to achieve the exact hardness requirements along with meeting a variety of other material properties. Extensive heat treatment development proved to be instrumental in producing a bushing that would maintain a tight seal while pressed up against the stainless-steel section of the application.

We are in the final stages of the bushing development and the customer is extremely pleased with the progress. Furthermore, they are impressed with the surface finish and the gold-like color of the finished material.

Elementum 3D staff doubles during COVID-19

For the past 18-months, the coronavirus outbreak has threatened how we live and work. Finding ways to adjust to the new normal has tested all organizations. Interestingly, though, the disruptive impact of the pandemic has unexpectedly advanced the adoption of additive manufacturing. This unique moment has propelled Elementum 3D to embrace a bold action to scale up human resources to support corporate initiatives.

Elementum 3D Customer Touch Points

We have doubled our staff since April 2020, to sustain our core initiative, provide a world-class experience at every Elementum 3D customer touch point. Positions at every level have been filled to seamlessly accommodate our customer’s unique needs and timeframes. We are honored to equip them with the knowledge and tools to succeed, even if that means pointing them to possible solutions outside of Elementum 3D’s products and services

Staff update


Stanley Baldwin – Engineering Lab Technician I

Christopher Morales – Financial Controller

James DeGracia – Sr. VP Operations

Ryan Fletcher – Additive Manufacturing Technician I

Hunter McCarley – Additive Manufacturing Technician I

Steven Gunn – Additive Manufacturing Technician I

Joshua Lavold – Additive Manufacturing Technician I


Facilities Specialist (Full-time)

IT Support Technician (Full-time)

Additive Manufacturing Technician (Full-time)


Patrick Callard Chief Marketing Officer

Patrick Callard earned a B.B.A. in advertising from Western Michigan University in 1990. He provides over 30 years of experience in marketing communications, new business development and market outreach.
He has managed multiple marketing projects and budgets for a variety of services and products.

Patrick also successfully grew an IT consulting business from a two-man basement business to a profitable eight employee business in 4-years. Patrick’s daily focus is to unify customer experience, brand purpose, creative communication, and marketing technology to drive the growth of the business.

Tyler Blumenthal

Tyler Blumenthal

Sales Manager, RPM Innovations, Inc.

Tyler’s message will key on blown powder Directed Energy Deposition (L-DED) for AM and repair and why this process is being realized by industry as one of the key pillars in printing thin wall part structures and large part envelope requirements.

Shawn Allan

Shawn Allan

Vice President, Lithoz America, LLC

Shawn will reveal how Lithography-based Ceramic Manufacturing (LCM) is producing high resolution, high performance technical ceramics that can serve a wide range of applications and structural materials, such as alumina, zirconia, and silicon nitride. He will also touch on how LCM has progressed into multi-material components incorporating ceramics and metals.

Jeff Lints

Jeff Lints

Founder/CEO, Fortius Metals, Inc.

Jeff’s presentation will focus on the advances in wire DED, including welding processes for wire DED (arc, laser, and e-beam), next-generation alloys for large format metal 3D printing, and use cases that can benefit from replacing large forgings, replacing large machined billets, and producing advanced tooling — enabling next generation designs.

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.