Project TitleMetal Powder Removal in 3D Printing
Track Code2009-017
Short Description

The University of Texas at El Paso seeks a partner for licensing a method of making reticulated mesh arrays and dissimilar array monoliths by additive layered manufacturing using electron and laser beam melting.


This technology fabricates reticulated solid-mesh structures, monolithic solid/mesh biomedical implant, and functionally graded monoliths using  additive-layered manufacturing. Dry sonication is utilized to remove unmelted powder following electron and laser beam melting processes. Patent issued and pending.

Tags3D printing, Additive Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing Techniques, dry sonication, electron beam melting, laser melting, metal powder, powder, removal, sonication, Ultrasonic, biomedical, implants, orthopedic
Posted DateApr 17, 2015 12:06 PM


Lawrence Murr
Ryan Wicker
Sara Gaytan
Frank Medina


Melissa Silverstein


  • Easily removing non-melted metal powder from hard-to-reach locations in three dimensional structures
  • Prevents faulty orthopedic implants and revision surgery
  • Capability of printing mesh structures that will be able to replace bones

Potential Applications

  • Biomedical - orthopedic implants
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Three dimensional printed structures
  • Powder substrates

Contact Information

For more information, please contact UTEP's Office of Technology Commercialization at or 915-747-8030


File Name Description
One-Pager for 2009-017 None Download

Intellectual Property

Patent Number Issue Date Type Country of Filing
U.S. 8,828,311 Sep 9, 2014 Utility United States