Welcome to the W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation, a laboratory like no other.

Located at the University of Texas at El Paso, The Keck Center is home to state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing technology and a dedicated staff ready for any challenge, be it medical or mechanical.

Our unique services are offered to medical professionals, manufacturers, researchers and others who seek the best in rapid-design and fabrication.

From surgical models to tissue engineering to product prototypes, the Keck Center is ready to transform your ideas into three dimensions.

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U.S. Government, UTEP Officials to Celebrate Opening of America Makes Satellite Center

What: Ribbon-cutting ceremony for America Makes Satellite Center at the W.M. Keck Center for 3-D Innovation When: 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 (Lunch will be provided at noon to... Read more ...
UTEP Merges 3-D Printing and UAVs

UTEP Merges 3-D Printing and UAVs

Handmade drones are a thing of the past. The new dream is push-button technology that will print a working unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, right before your eyes. But getting... Read more ...
UTEP Named First Satellite Center for America Makes

UTEP Named First Satellite Center for America Makes

America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, is proud to announce its plans to open its first America Makes Satellite Center on the campus of the... Read more ...


Affiliated Faculty
Staff
Keck Center Faculty
Alumni
Students

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Additive Manufacturing (AM – more popularly known as 3D Printing) fabricates a 3D structure with complex geometries directly from a file defined by computer–aided design. The Keck Center focuses on research to enhance these technologies to include the ability to print multi-functional structures – with electronics, sensors, antennas, fluidics, and thermal management to name just a few. Fundamental and applied research is required specifically in AM processes, materials and applications.

location
University of Texas at El Paso
Engineering Building Room 108
El Paso, Texas 79968
ph915.747.7443
fx915.747.5019
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directions
Directions to Engineering Building
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hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sunday
CLOSED

Affiliated Faculty
Amit Lopes, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Dpt: Industrial Manufacturing & Systems Engineering
Kenneth Church, Ph.D.
Research Professor
Dpt: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Lawrence Murr, Ph.D. P.E.
Chair and Professor
Dpt: Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
Namsoo (Peter) Kim, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dpt: Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
Tipper Rumpf, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dpt: Electrical & Computer Engineering
TZU-Liang B Tseng, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor
Dpt: Industrial Manufacturing & Systems Engineering
Yirong Lin, Ph.D.
Assitant Professor
Dpt: Mechanical Engineering

M. Alexandra Plasencio, B.B.A.
Business Manager
David Espalin, M.S.M.E.
Center Manager
Jorge Mireles, M.S.M.M.E.
Research Manager
Luis Ochoa, B.S.M.E.
Mechanical Engineer,
Recharge Center
Mahesh Tonde, M.S.M.E.
Mechanical Engineer,
Recharge Center
Mireya Perez, M.S.B.M.E.
Research Administrator

Chiyen Kim, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Dpt: Mechanical Engineering
Corey Shemelya, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Dpt: Electrical & Computer Engineering
David A. Roberson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Dpt: Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
Eric MacDonald, Ph.D. P.E.
Professor
Associate Director
Dpt: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ryan Wicker, Ph.D. P.E.
Professor
Director
Dpt: Mechanical Engineering

Adriana Ramirez
M.S. Student
Biomedical Engineering
Alejandro Cuaron
B.S. Student
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Alejandro Hinojos
B.S. Student
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
Alfonso Fernandez
B.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Angel S. De La Rosa
B.S. Student
Electrical Engineering
Angel Torrado Perez
Ph.D. Student
Materials Science & Engineering
Armando Rivera
M.S. Student
Systems Engineering
Betty McKenzie
M.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Carmen Rocha
Ph.D. Student
Materials Science & Engineering
Christina Pickett
B.S. Student
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Daniel Marquez
M.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Diana Ibarra
B.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Diego Mejorado
B.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Efrain Aguilera
B.S. Student
Electrical Engineering
Esteban Salcedo
B.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Fabian Alvarez
B.S. Student
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Gil Siqueiros
Ph.D. Student
Materials Science and Engineering
Graciela Bribiescas
M.S. Student
Electrical Engineering
Hannah Nicholson
B.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Heimdall Mendoza
B.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Israel Segura
B.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Jasmine Roldan
B.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Joel English
B.S. Student
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
Jorge Ramirez
B.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
Jose Gonzalez
Ph.D. Student
Materials Science & Engineering
Jose Coronel
M.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Joseph Prochovnik
B.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Juan Carlos Vargas
B.S. Student
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
Karla Leyva
B.S. Student
Electrical Engineering
Lluvia Herrera
B.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Luis Carlos Bañuelos
M.S. Student
Electrical Engineering
Max Winter
B.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Mohammad Hossain
Ph.D. Student
Environmental Science and Engineering
Monica Piñon
B.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Paola Cordero
M.S. Student
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Philip Morton
M.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Rodrigo Enriquez
B.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Shakerur Ridwan
M.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Steven Ambriz
M.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering

Adrian Melendez
M.S. Student
Electrical Engineering
General Motors
Adriana Torres
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Arturo Adame
Mechanical Engineering
Braulio Reyes
B.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Cassie Soto
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Cesar Garcia
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Cesar Soto
B.S. Student
Electrical Engineering
Cesar A. Terrazas
Ph.D. Student
Materials Science & Engineering
Danny W. Muse, M.S.E.E.
Commercialization &
Electronics Manager
David Rodriguez
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
Edwin Martinez
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
Elaine Maestas
B.S. Student
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Elias Jaquez
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Emmanuel Rodriguez, M.S.M.E.
Mechanical Engineering
Raytheon
Fernando Cedillos
B.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Frank Medina, Ph.D. 2013
Arcam supporting Oak Ridge National Laboratories
Harvey Tsang
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Javier Pazos
Ph.D. Student
Electrical Engineering
Jessica Montes
B.S. Student
Electrical Engineering
Jenny Hernandez
Materials Science & Engineering
Jesus Castro
Mechanical Engineering
Jesus Correa
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jesus Dominguez-Garcia
Mechanical Engineering
Jonathan Minjares
M.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Karina Arcuate, Ph.D. 2009
Old Dominion University
KiraLise Silva
M.S. Student
Environmental Engineering
Krista Amato
Material Science & Engineering
Luis Jimenez
B.S. Student
Electrical Engineering
Manuel Valenzuela
Civil Engineering
Monica Cadena
B.S. Student
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
Nathaniel Johnston
B.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Patrick Shindo
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
Paul Deffenbaugh
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Polette Cortez, B.S.M.E.
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
Ramiro Piñon
Mechanical Engineering
Ricardo Rodriguez, M.S.E.E.
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Aberdeen Proving Ground ARL
Richard Olivas, M.S.E.E.
Intel
Rodolfo Salas
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sara Gaytan, Ph.D.
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
Stephen Pendelton
B.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Ubaldo Robles
Ph.D. Student
Electrical Engineering


Directions
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Directions from West El Paso:
  • From I-10 East, take Exit 18A Schuster Ave.
  • Turn left at W. Schuster Ave.
  • Turn left at Sun Bowl Dr.
  • Continue on Sun Bowl Dr. to the stop sign, which is University Ave. Turn right onto University Ave.
  • You will see the guard booth ahead of you. As a visitor, you will need a temporary parking permit. Follow the signs to stop at the guard booth, and the guard will give you a parking permit.
  • Continue on University Ave. to the second stop sign, which is Hawthorne St. Turn right onto Hawthorne St.
  • The Engineering Building is the last building on the right before the automatic entry/exit gates at the end of Hawthorne St. Visitor parking is available along both sides of Hawthorne St.
Directions from East El Paso:
  • From I-10 West, take Exit 19A Mesa St.
  • The exit will briefly put you on E. Yandell St. Continue west on E. Yandell St. for about a tenth of a mile to N. Mesa St. Turn right onto N. Mesa St.
  • Continue on N. Mesa St. for about 1 mile to University Ave. Turn left onto University Ave.
  • You will see the campus and the guard booth ahead of you. As a visitor, you will need a temporary parking permit. Follow the signs to stop at the guard booth, and the guard will give you a parking permit.
  • Continue on University Ave. to Hawthorne St. Turn left onto Hawthorne St.
  • The Engineering Building is the last building on the right before the automatic entry/exit gates at the end of Hawthorne St. Visitor parking is available along both sides of Hawthorne St.
The W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation is located on the first floor of the Engineering Building in Room 108.

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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.  

Download our Services brochure HERE

Contact Us

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