September 2021

2021 Momentum Newsletter
Product Update
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 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

Team News

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.

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

Elementum 3D Customer Touch Points
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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)

Am Industry News
Last Month'S Articles

Materials development requests on the rise

The ability to 3D print custom and industry standard metals has been at the top of most additive manufacturing (AM) user’s wish list since the first 3D printed metal component was printed over three decades ago. Demand for novel AM powders continues to rise, with more companies buying additive manufacturing (AM) hardware and scaling their AM usage, but availability is still limited. 

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Elementum 3D’s proven success in expanding the printable metals library regularly generates a wide variety of metal material development requests from the AM community. We have listed some of our most recent inquires to give our readers an inside look at what materials end users are interested in printing in the near future. 

Aluminum 3000 and 5000 series is sought after from customers looking to optimize current parts with 3D printed versions that would benefit from our property enhancing RAM technology and the design freedom of additive manufacturing.  

Aluminum Bronze is a good fit for hydraulic applications which requires high hardness and good corrosion resistance.

A1000-RAM1 has been requested by several customers, including a very large transportation manufacturer. This material would introduce a highly conductive material with adequate strength for most applications, essentially marrying A1000-RAM10’s strength with and A1000-AM conductivity.

Titanium metal matrix composite (Ti MMC) would exceed the wear resistance over the industry standard Ti64 and provide wear resistance values comparable to cobalt chrome. Growing industry interest will be the trigger for development of Ti MMC

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It's showtime in Chicago

Rapid + TCT is one of the largest additive manufacturing (AM) trade shows in North America and is expected to be bigger than ever as it celebrates its 30th year. We are excited to be one of over 200 hands-on exhibitors ready to share real-world additive manufacturing solutions with visitors and interact with industry leaders from around the world. The event will be located at McCormick Place, September 13-15 in Chicago, IL.

Rapid + Tct Trade Show

We look forward to you visiting us at booth E9019 and the opportunity to discuss how our advanced materials for metal AM can support your manufacturing goals. Please contact us for complementary tickets if you’re planning on attending the event. 

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.