Providing high quality and rapid services in the areas of 3D printing, mechanical testing, and materials characterization.

Located within The University of Texas at El Paso, the W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation is a unique multidisciplinary research facility focused on the use and development of Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies. State-of-the art equipment and 15+ years of experience in AM have allowed us to provide services within our 13,000 square foot facility, not only to local industry but also to national and international clientele.  Our services can help you achieve your goals, providing your company with a competitive advantage through access to our vast selection of 3D printing machines and testing equipment.  Fast turnaround and excellent quality of manufactured parts have always been our priority when delivering your final product.  

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Luis Ochoa
Main: 915-747-7443
Direct: 915-747-6383
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Website: keck.utep.edu/service

Design

Visualization of your final product has never been easier. We can create a 3D CAD model using 2D drawings, or provide one on-one guidance with one our engineers making your new ideas a reality.

Reverse Engineering, 3D Scanning and CT Data Extraction

These methods are ideal when a 3D CAD model is required and only the physical part is available. CAD models can be used to manufacture pre-surgical models that help physicians plan for complex surgical procedures.

  • 3D CAD or STL file delivery
  • Inspection (physical part vs CAD model)
  • STL file creation using CT scan data

Characterization

Microscopy

  • Optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) available
  • Performed by state of the art equipment for characterizing biological specimens as well as polymers, ceramics, or metal materials.    

Metrology

  • 3D dimensional measurement technology with optical and touch probe sensors to validate printed parts  

Mechanical Testing

  • Top of the line equipment for tensile, compression, impact, flexural, and cyclical (axial + torsional) testing in controlled temperature environments
  • Material property characterization including viscosity and hardness testing

Environmental Testing

  • Testing chambers for exposure to UV light, humidity, chemicals, and temperature fluctuations.

3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing

We provide industrial-grade equipment and a vast variety of materials for all of your application needs.

Material Extrusion [Fused Deposition Modeling]

  • Excellent for tough applications which may require high temperature and impact resistant materials.
  • Max build capacity is 36 x 24 x 36 in.
  • Materials:

ABS                 ABS-M30i           PC-ABS                 PC-ISO

ABSi                ABS-ESD7           Nylon 12             PPSF/PPSU

ABS-M30        PC                        ULTEM 9085      ULTEM 1010

Vat Photopolymerization [Stereolithography]

  • Provides outstanding translucent parts and great resolution for small features
  • Max build capacity is 20 x 20 x 24 in.
  • Materials:

WaterShed XC 11122     Somos NeXt

Somos NanoTool            Somos NanoForm 15120

Prototherm 12120          ProtoCast AF 19120

Accura SL5530                Formlabs Resins

Somos 9120                     Poly(ethylene glycol)

Binder Jetting [ExOne or Zcorp Processes]

  • Capable of producing sand casting molds, high strength metal or ceramic parts, and multi-color parts
  • Max build capacity is 15.7 x 9.8 x 9.8 in. (ExOne) and
    8 x 10 x 8 in. (Zcorp)
  • Materials:

       Stainless Steel          Iron                             Tungsten

       Inconel 625               Inconel 718                Sand

       Cobalt-Chromium

Powder Bed Fusion [Electron Beam Melting or Selective Laser Melting]

  • Ideal for applications requiring high-strength and corrosion resistant materials like aerospace, biomedical, or automotive
  • Max build capacity 7.7 x 7.7 x13 in. (EBM) and 5 x 5 x 3 in. (SLM)
  • Materials:

       Ti6Al4V                       Inconel 625                     AlSi10Mg

       Ti6Al4V ELI                 Inconel 718                     AlSi12Mg

       Cobalt-Chromium     Tool Steel                        AlSi7Mg

       Maraging Steel          Stainless Steel 316L       AlSi9Cu3

Compounding and Filament Extrusion

  • Creation of custom polymer blends and composites
  • Pelletizing and extruding material filaments

Post-Processing

Various processes available to give your part a final touch, enhancing visual appeal and/or mechanical properties.

  • Machining, painting, sealing, and electroplating

Low-volume Production

Method utilized when a working prototype is needed with materials that will mimic the final product.

  • Room Temperature Vulcanization (RTV) Molding
    • Short-run production
    • Vast variety of materials
  • Injection Molding of small parts

Education and Training

Qualified personnel with approximately 15 years of experience in 3D Printing (or Additive Manufacturing) at your service.

  • Introduction to Additive Manufacturing
  • 3D Printing Equipment Training
  • 3D Printing Workforce Development
  • Customized Training in any of our 50+ 3D Printing Machines