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PM Technologies, LLC
287 Darrington Road,
Horizon City, TX 79928
Website: www.pmtechs.com
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student 1PM Technologies was founded by Philip Morton, a Keck Center alum. Philip began his career at the Keck Center in 2013 as an Undergraduate Research Assistant.  He was promoted to a staff position in 2015 becoming the Center’s Research Manager, during which his primary focus was on electron beam and laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing (LPBF AM) processes.  He co-wrote a  $450,000 grant from the U.S. Army CCDC Armaments Center through the MSI STEM Research & Development Consortium (MSRDC) for the development of structured metal matrix composites using laser powder bed fusion.  He also co-authored several publications, two current patent applications, and one awarded patent for the production of functionally graded structures in powder bed fusion AM.  Philip was key in the expansion of the Keck Center’s global additive manufacturing workforce development and training programs within the Department of Defense.  He has trained over 500 members of the armed forces as well as DoD support personnel and contractors, traveling to multiple national and international sites to deliver training. 

At the start of 2020, Philip left the Keck Center to pursue the growth of PM Technologies which he founded in 2019.  PM Technologies offers design, prototyping and manufacturing, as well as consulting services.  During COVID-19, they worked with an array of volunteers in El Paso to build and distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as designed a reusable silicone face mask and setup a produce line to build ear savers to increase comfort while wearing face masks.

 

 

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Tailored Alloys
287 S. Darrington Rd
Horizon City, TX 79928
(804) 892-0359
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Website: tailoredalloys.com

 

student 2Hunter Taylor is at Ph.D. Research Assistant at the Keck, Center.  Prior to embarking on a Ph.D. program in Materials Science and Engineering, Hunter obtained a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech University in 2015.  While working on his undergraduate degree, Hunter held internships with Virginia Aero Classics LLC and with Mayville Engineering Company, Inc. (MEC).  Upon graduating, he worked as Materials Engineer with MATSYS, Inc. for almost three years.  At the Keck Center, Hunter leads the laser powder bed fusion team under Dr. Wicker, being one of the few trained operators of the AconityOne LPBF system from Aconity3D.  His research entails the development of process parameters for crack prone alloys, metal matrix composites, and part defect reduction through the use of process monitoring technology.   

In 2019, Hunter embarked on a journey to found Tailored Alloys with co-founder Lazlo Kecskes.  The company focuses on the development of new alloys to solve challenging problems as well as the production of sophisticated yet functional wedding bands.  They hope to contribute to the economic development of the historically underserved El Paso region and in 2020, and were recently awarded a Small Business Technology Transfer grant by the National Science Foundation to develop a novel high-strength, high-conductivity alloy.   

 

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