Project Title3D Printing Diagnostics and Control
Track Code2016-032
Short Description

The University of Texas at El Paso seeks a partner for licensing 3D printing diagnostics and control technology that recognizes and corrects flaws during additive manufacturing processes.


The implementation of the disclosed diagnostic and control method enables the material extrusion 3D printing process to detect manufacturing flaws and correct them during them in-situ. Current additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) technologies do not include closed-loop control and have limited monitoring tools. 

Tags3D printing, Additive Manufacturing, FDM, filament, Fused deposition modeling, closed loop control, closed-loop control, control, current, detect manufacturing flaws, diagnostics, direct digital manufacturing, fused filament fabrication, in-situ, layer manufacturing, layer-wise fabrication, manufacturing flaws, material extrusion, material flow, monitoring, rapid prototyping, raster, softened filament, solid freeform fabrication
Posted DateNov 14, 2016 5:24 PM


Eric MacDonald
Ryan Wicker
David Espalin
Chi Yen Kim


Melissa Silverstein


  • Closed-loop control
  • Improved monitoring tools
  • Detect and correct manufacturing flaws during in-situ

Potential Applications

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Consumer Electronics
  • 3D Printed Electronics

Contact Information

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


File Name Description
One-Pager for 2016-032 None Download

Intellectual Property

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