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Driving the Additive Manufacturing Revolution

Located at The University of Texas at El Paso, the Keck Center is a unique multidisciplinary research facility focused on the use and development Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies with primary focus areas in AM Technology Development, Engineered and Structured Materials, and Advanced AM Applications.

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About the Keck Center

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Additive Manufacturing technology allows us to take a computer-aided design (CAD) of an object and quickly crate a 3D model, mold, or functional part by precisely building layers of material. It is an exciting technology that explores new worlds of research, limited only by the imagination.



The Keck Center occupies over 13,000 square feet of floor space and has more than $8 million in research infrastructure, including over 50 AM systems and combined facilities for advanced manufacturing, metrology and reverse engineering, materials characterization and testing, and synthetic and analytical chemistry.



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.

First Satellite Center of America Makes


In August 2015, UTEP was selected as the first satellite center of America Makes. The goal of America Makes is to expand its current regional, industrial, and technological footprint while further maximizing the reach and capabilities of this satellite center through enhanced collaboration. A ribbon cutting ceremony hosted The Honorable Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce.



Transforming AM at UTEP


Our mission is to lead the Additive Manufacturing (AM) transformation through multidisciplinary activities that include education, research, outreach, technology development and commercialization, and industrial partnerships.

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Polymer Extrusion

Dr. Collin twin screw extruder/compounder with monofilament spooling system and pelletizer


Filabot Single Screw Extruders

Custom Desktop Extruders

Tinius Olsen Melt Indexer

Mitutoyo Durometer

Brabender GranuGrinder

DriAir CAFM Micro Dryer


Desktop Material Extrusion 3D Printers


Custom Strand Pelletizer

Cryo Ultramicrotome

Hitachi Variable Pressure SEM Equipped with STEM, BSE, Standard and Low Vacuum SE detectors and EDS System

Thermo Scientific Nicolet FT-IR Spectrometer



Material Extrusion

    • Stratasys fused deposition Modeling machines (large and small build machines)



    • Materials

Nylon 12
ULTEM 9085


    • An armada of low-cost desktop 3D printers



    • Materials

Novel polymer matrix composites

Novel polymer alloys

ABS, PC, PLA, PEEK, and thermoplastic elastomers


Vat Photopolymerization

    • 3D System Stereolithography machines (large and small build machines)



    • Materials

WaterShed XC 11122
Somos NeXt
Somos 9120
Somos NanoTool
Somos NanoForm 15120
ProtoTherm 12120
ProtoCast AF 19120
Accura SL 5530
Formlabs Resin
Poly(ethylene glycol) for biomedical applications

Material Jetting

    • Objet Polyjet System



Sheet Lamination

  • Solido desktop system


Power Bed Fusion

Arcam electron beam melting machines with in situ monitoring, automatic control and high temperature capabilities


Materials: (build processing parameters developed for multiple proprietary materials not shown below)

Inconel 625
Inconel 718
Inconel 690
Rene 142
Maraging Steel
Stainless Steel 316L


SLM Solutions Selective Laser Melting Machine



Stainless Steel 316L
Inconel 625
Tool Steel
Inconel 718

CNC Machining and Soft Tooling

Haas Super Mini Mill


Mori-Seiki Lathe with Live Tooling


MCP Vacuum Casting System

Techno CNC Router

Metrology and Characterization


Reverse Engineering and Metrology

    • LDI Laser Scanning System
    • OGP Optical Metrology System



    • 3D Systems Scanner
    • SCANCO Micro-CT Scanner



Mechanical Testing

    • Instron electromechanical testing machine with temperature controlled chamber



    • 2 MTS servohydraulic test systems (monotonic and cyclical capabilities in axial and torsional loading conditions)




  • Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer




Synthetic and Analytical Chemistry

    • Checmical laboratory furnished with synthesis, measurement, and preparation equipment


Cell Culture (Tissue Engineering)

Labconco Biosafety Cabinent


Leica Inverted and Stereomicroscopes


Sartorius Water Purification and Reverse Osmosis Systems

Waterjacket CO2 incubators


4ºC, -20ºC, & -80ºC Refrigerators

Binder Jetting

ExOne Developmental and Manufacturing-Grade Systems



Stainless Steel
Inconel 625
Sand for sand casting applications
Inconel 718


ZCorp 3D Color Printers

Sentro Tech 1600°C box furnace

JPW Industrial 260°C Oven

Neytech 1100°C Furnace

Vac-u-max Vacuum and Powder Sifter

America Makes Laboratory

3D Structural and Printed Electronics


  • Integrated FDM/DP & SL/DP Systems
  • Dimatrix materials printer


2 nScrypt Microdispense (Direct-Write) Systems


Custom Multi3D System with an array of capabilities:


  • Materials extrusion (multiple machines)
  • Robotic component placement
  • Micromachining
  • Wire/foil embedding
  • Direct write
  • Machine Vision