Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing (KAM), Statesville, North Carolina, USA, and Elementum 3D, Erie, Colorado, USA, will collaborate to create new opportunities for entry into the Additive Manufacturing industry. Under the collaboration, Elementum 3D will supply KAM with advanced materials for AM such as A6061- RAM2 powder, said to be the only Additive Manufacturing material comparable to wrought 6061-T6 properties.
According to the companies, aluminium 6061 is a commonly-used aerospace and automotive aluminium alloy which was previously impossible to additively manufacture. KAM states that it will be the first and only supplier in North America to use 6061 in an SLM 280 system. With the combination of the SLM 280 plus Elementum 3D’s 6061 powder, KAM will reportedly be able to additively manufacture parts at an average of 65% faster. The companies report that they will also work together on different development projects in Additive Manufacturing, including the testing of new materials.
Jacob Nuechterlein, Elementum 3D’s president and founder, stated, “Elementum 3D’s commitment to the development of advanced materials aligns well with KAM’s innovative growth plan based around hybrid manufacturing. We are proud to partner with their team and evolve our technologies together. There’s increasing demand within our customer base for aluminiums like the 6061. It’s taking off and this material is at the forefront of the trend.”
“I love what they’re doing at Elementum 3D,” commented Brad Keselowski, founder and CEO of KAM. “Their materials enable KAM to engineer and manufacture metal 3D printed parts that are faster and higher in quality than anything that is currently out in the marketplace. I think we’re going to continue to do a lot of innovative work together that’ll lead to positive developments within the additive community. It’s a really exciting time for both companies.”