Elementum 3D, a leading inventor, and provider of 3D metal printing materials has reported the provision of patents to Australia, Canada, and the US for its Reactive Additive Manufacturing (RAM) technology. With this new development, the usable materials for 3D printing will increase to a great extent.
The new technology has allowed the firm to utilise materials based on Laser Powder Bed Fusion that perform much better when compared to equivalent alloy based and other additive manufacturing materials that have been utilised in the past. This ability to utilise new materials as well as print on non-traditional 3D materials offers the possibility to further explore innovative ways for using the technology in responding to market needs.
Elementum 3D has built their reputation on providing and inventing processes in 3D printing. Based on the experiences gathered so far, they managed to develop advanced metal alloys, super alloys and metal ceramic alloys. Using RAM technology, they have created alloy powders that can be printed and offer a greater performance. These molded alloys are based on aluminum 1000, 2024, 6061, 7050, and 7075.
In the past, the molded aluminium with higher strength was not printable owing to the ensuing cracks after solidification which often produced products that had worse mechanical properties. The RAM process addresses this by creating sub-micron inoculants during the melting stage which causes aluminium to produce equiaxed structured grains that are highly printable and of impeccable performance. Elementum 3D has improved the availability of 3D printable alloys making the market more open and free of trade offs in terms of materials choices.
Elementum 3D has been at the forefront of inventing customized materials that can be used for printing a wide range of products. They have developed in their range of products powders that are easily modified for a wide range of applications. What this means to their customers therefore is a wide pool of materials to make products that are lighter, cheaper, long – lasting, stronger and high performing.
3D printing has created a new model for metal manufacturing and offers opportunities for the development of advanced solutions in aerospace, automobile, defense, and several other industries. The only setback has been the few available printing materials hence a lower uptake of the technology. This is set to change however according to Dr. Jacob Nuechterlein, the President /and Founder at Elementum 3D.
He notes that “Our revolutionary technology advances metals development for additive manufacturing at an unprecedented pace. It gives engineers the extra degree of freedom they have never experienced, inspiring them to bring into existence new and innovative applications.”