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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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Low-Volume Production

Low-Volume Production is the 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

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

Education and Training

The W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation has highly 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

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 35 in.
  • Materials:

ABS                  ABS-M30i           PC-ABS                 PC-ISO

ABSi                 ABS-ESD7           Nylon 12              PPSF/PPSU

ABS-M30         PC                        ULTEM 9085

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

Services Provided

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.   

Contact Us:

Attn: Luis Ochoa
Main:  (915) 747-7443
Direct:  (915) 747-6383
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Website: keck.utep.edu/services/services-provided