Project TitleMetal Objects Spanning Cavities in 3D Structures
Track Code2015-041
Short Description

The University of Texas at El Paso seeks a partner for licensing a mesh embedding apparatus, system, and method. It includes thermoplastics, thermosets, ceramics, and metals that can be embedded. The methods used are high heat for quick evaporation, or long curing times at a lower temperature.


The present invention relates to the manufacture of 3D printed structure including internal cavities using an extrusion-based additive manufacturing system enhanced with a range of possible secondary embedding processes. Metal objects are structurally integrated in an internal cavity of the structure for enhanced electromagnetic properties.

Tagsmetals, manufacturing, 3D printing, metal objects, Additive Manufacturing, embedding, cavity, vacuum, electromagnetic, spatial control, layer, biomedical, aerospace, defense industry, thermoplastics, micromachining, laser ablation, embedding of wires, mesh, shielded conductors, dielectric, ambient temperature, extrusion system, structurally integrated, plastic, thermal, electrical, mechanical
Posted DateNov 2, 2016 1:45 PM


Eric MacDonald
Ryan Wicker
David Espalin


Melissa Silverstein


  • Conductors routed through complex configurations
  • Conductors provide optimal shielding with either air or vacuum as dielectric
  • Conductors can go through intricate geometries that are not possible with traditional manufacturing
  • Enhanced electromagnetic properties

Potential Applications

  • Consumer products
  • Biomedical
  • Automotive
  • Defense
  • Aerospace

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 2015-041 None Download

Intellectual Property

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