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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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Research

 

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.


Facilities

 

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.

Services

 

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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Facilities

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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

Polymers

 

Material Extrusion

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

 

 

    • Materials

ABS
ABS-ESD7
PC-ISO
ABSi
Nylon 12
PPSF/PPSU
ABS-M30
PC
ULTEM 9085
ABS-M30i
PC-ABS
 

 

    • 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

Metals

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)

Ti6A14V
Inconel 625
Niobium
Ti6A14V ELI
Inconel 718
Niobium
Cobalt-Chromium
Inconel 690
TiAl
Rene 142
Maraging Steel
Stainless Steel 316L

 

SLM Solutions Selective Laser Melting Machine

 

Materials:

Ti6A14V
AlSi10Mg
Stainless Steel 316L
Inconel 625
AlSi2Mg
Tool Steel
Inconel 718
AlSi7Mg
Cobalt-Chromium
AlSi9Cu3
 
 

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

 

Materials:

A12O3
Stainless Steel
Tungsten
Inconel 625
Iron
Sand for sand casting applications
Inconel 718
Cobalt-Chromium
 

 

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