Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing Partners with Elementum 3D

Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing (KAM) and Elementum 3D have partnered to collaborate on materials in additive manufacturing.


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Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing (KAM) has partnered with Elementum 3D to create new opportunities for entry into the additive manufacturing (AM) industry. Elementum 3D is supplying KAM with advanced materials for additive manufacturing such as A6061-RAM2 powder, said to be the only AM material comparable to wrought 6061-T6 properties.

Previously unprintable, aluminum 6061 is a commonly used aerospace and automotive aluminum alloy. KAM will be the first and only supplier in North America to use Elementum 3D 6061 in an SLM Solutions 280 printer, which boasts twin 700-W lasers. The 6061 is expected to print an average of 65% faster in the SLM 280 and provide advantages in time savings to end users.

“Elementum 3D’s commitment to the development of advanced materials aligns well with KAM’s innovative growth plan based around hybrid manufacturing,” says Jacob Nuechterlein, Elementum 3D president and founder. “There’s increasing demand within our customer base for aluminums like the 6061. It’s taking off and this material is at the forefront of the trend.”

Kevin Cwiok, lead AM engineer for KAM, says: “To offer a replacement for traditional aluminum alloys that are not only faster, but are also more durable with better surface finish, I think we’ll have a lot of customers who will be really excited about that.”

Elementum 3D and KAM will also work jointly on different development projects in additive, including the testing of new materials.