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University of Texas, El Paso, Leads Team to 3D Print Aerial Vehicles & Satellites

(3D Printer World) The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) will lead an effort to create an automated assembly line of 3D printers that can produce and test aerial vehicles and satellites while in flight above the Earth itself. Researchers intend to begin by creating a 3D printer that can fabricate multi-material aerospace components with multi-functional purposes. The project is funded with a $2.2 million grant from America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute.¬†UTEP’s W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation will lead the collaborative team that also includes the University of New Mexico, Youngstown State University, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, rp+m and Stratasys.