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America Makes Satellite Center

In August 2015, America Makes marked a new level of national reach for the Institute. America Makes opened its first America Makes Satellite Center on the campus of The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), in conjunction with UTEP’s renowned W.M. Keck Center for 3-D Innovation.

Ultimately, America Makes envisions that the Satellite Center at UTEP’s Keck Center will be the first of many in a future, expansive network of Satellite Centers throughout the country. 

Expansion Strategy

With the America Makes Satellite Center model, the Institute is expanding its current regional, industrial and technological footprint while further maximizing the reach and the capabilities of the satellite through enhanced collaboration. A coordinated America Makes Satellite Center network, of which UTEP's Keck Center is the first, will bring immeasurable value to the domestic additive manufacturing supply chain.

America Makes also expects to establish new, unique partnerships for technology development, technology transition, and workforce development by connecting expertise that might otherwise would not have been able to develop.


UTEP and the Keck Center 

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America Makes selected UTEP, a Platinum-level member, and the Keck Center as the home of its first Satellite Center because of their superior technical excellence in additive manufacturing, outstanding educational program, and proven ability to have a positive impact on the El Paso region.

With more than $80 million in annual research spending, UTEP is dedicated to becoming the first national research university serving a 21st century student demographic. The University’s outstanding record of receiving extremely competitive grant awards reflects the quality of UTEP’s faculty and their sustained commitment to excellence while also maintaining an academic environment dedicated to addressing the educational needs of students.

Founded in 2001 as part of a $1 million grant by the W.M. Keck Foundation, UTEP’s Keck Center is a unique multidisciplinary research facility focused on the use and development of additive manufacturing technologies. Led by Director and Founder Dr. Ryan Wicker, the Keck Center features a 13,000-square-foot, state-of-the art facility with more than 50 additive manufacturing machines and more than 50 involved faculty, staff, students and researchers with multiple successful national and international collaborations.

The lab showcases a unique blend of additive manufacturing equipment and facilities to perform fundamental research, allowing for trailblazing discoveries to be made in limitless arenas of science including 3-D printed electronics, airplanes and satellite components, human augmentation, biomedical implants, and future energy systems.