David Espalin

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El Paso Texas, 79968
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David Espalin
Assistant Professor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering - W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation

Dr. David Espalin is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering within The University of Texas at El Paso. He also serves as the Director of Research at the W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation – a multi-disciplinary center focused on the advancement and adoption of additive manufacturing (or more commonly known as 3D Printing) through activities in education, research, outreach, technology development and commercialization, and industrial partnerships. His current research is in the area of hybrid additive manufacturing, large area additive manufacturing, 3D electronics fabrication, and design software development. Through the development of custom machines at UTEP, Dr. Espalin has enabled multi-technology manufacturing that allows not only depositing thermoplastic materials, but also the use of wire embedding, machining, foil application, and robotic component placement to achieve the fabrication of multi-functional devices. This type of fabrication has also been extended to metals 3D printing. These combined manufacturing capabilities provide a unique research space where design software, materials and processes, and robotics influence the final fabricated product. As an educator, Dr. Espalin is interested in research related to increasing the participation of minorities and disadvantaged students in engineering. Dr. Espalin has published over 20 refereed manuscripts in technical journals and filed over 10 patents. His work has been published, for example, in Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, IEEE Sensors, Rapid Prototyping Journal, Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, and International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology.


  1. Additive Manufacturing
  2. 3D printing
  3. Hybrid manufacturing
  4. 3D electronics
  5. Large area additive manufacturing
  6. Design software