Project TitleMetal Reinforcement for 3D Printed Structures
Track Code2015-035
Short Description

The University of Texas at El Paso seeks a partner for licensing Metal Reinforcement for 3D Printed Structures. Embedding the metal objects with the 3D printed structure provides 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. Patent pending.

TagsMechanical Properties, strength, wire mesh, wire, Thermoplastic metal wire with metal core, Thermoplastic embedded wire, thermoplastic, Secondary embedding process, Press-fit channel, Pre-adhesive-coated metal foil, Metal sheet, Metal foil, Lattice structure, Integrate metal object, Embedding process, Deposited adhesive, beam, Additive Manufacturing, 3d print internal structure, 3D printing
Posted DateApr 6, 2016 11:23 AM


Eric MacDonald
Ryan Wicker
David Espalin


Melissa Silverstein


  • Improve mechanical strength
  • Increase thermal conductivity
  • Increase electrical conductivity

Potential Applications

  • Consumer
  • Biomedical
  • Automotive
  • Defense

Contact Information

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


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Intellectual Property

Patent Number Issue Date Type Country of Filing
None None Other Patent None