America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, plans to open another America Makes center on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), in conjunction with UTEP’s W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation.

‘Real-world technology transition takes place because of the activities and pursuits that collaborative and symbiotic relationships provide,’ said Kevin Creehan, Ph.D., America Makes deputy director of technology transition. ‘With this new America Makes Satellite Center model, we are able to expand our current regional, industrial and technological footprint while further maximizing the reach and capabilities of the satellite through enhanced collaboration.’

America Makes has rolled out the strategy as a pilot program, similar to the Institute’s founding as the pilot Institute for the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) infrastructure.

The Keck Center features a 13,000 ft2 facility with more than 50 additive manufacturing machines and researcges 3D printed electronics, airplanes and satellite components, human augmentation, biomedical implants and future energy systems.

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