Project TitleComponent Embedding for 3D Printing
Track Code2015-029
Short Description

The University of Texas at El Paso seeks a partner for licensing a method for embedding metal objects within 3D printed structures to provide additional functionality of the structure.


This invention structurally integrates functional metal objects, such as sensors, with 3D printed structures. Embedding is achieved utilizing an additive manufacturing system with an enhanced range of possible secondary embedding processes. Integrated technologies will fabricate multi-material structures through the integration of multiple integrated manufacturing systems to provide multi-functional products (e.g., consumer wearable electronics, bio-medical devices, defense, space, and energy systems, etc.). Paramount to this concept is the embedding of highly conductive and densely routed traces and surfaces within the 3D printed dielectric structures.

Tagsmetals, ceramics, Thermosets, thermoplastics, embedded electronics, oxidation, waveguide, z-height, silicon, ABS, Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, dense structures, jewel heating, thermal energy, ultrasonic embedding, wire mesh, mesh, capacitor sensors, antenna, electronic devices, epoxy, polymers, plastics, method, system, apparatus, engineering, chemical, mechanical, electrical, Additive Manufacturing, 3D printing, three-dimensional printing
Posted DateApr 12, 2016 11:35 AM


Corey Shemelya
David Espalin
Eric MacDonald
Ryan Wicker


Melissa Silverstein


  • More accurate Z-height embedding
  • Precise separation between components
  • Creating a waveguide for antennae, capacitor sensors, ground plates for electronic devices
  • Reducing oxidation of embedded components
  • Printing over epoxy, silicon, or polymer-coated material

Potential Applications

  • Consumer wearable electronics
  • Biomedical devices
  • Defense
  • Space and Energy Systems
  • 3D Printed Electronics

Contact Information

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


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One-Pager for 2015-029 None Download

Intellectual Property

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