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Kao Innovation & Collaboration Studio

A Student Worker Assists a Student Remove a 3D Printed Object

About the Kao ICS

The Integrated Engineering Design Kao Innovation & Collaboration Studio aims to provide resources to students in the form of technology, tools, and knowledge in order to help them materialize their ideas. Here, students can turn their ideas into projects, and through collaboration with staff and other students these projects will become reality. The Kao ICS is student-led with staff ready to help you create everything from 3D printing parts to programming microcontrollers.

The Kao ICS is a student-managed makerspace supported by the Tickle College of Engineering and is located in G166 Zeanah Engineering Complex. Visit us on Instagram and Twitter.

Hours of Operation

Day Time
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

We follow the University of Tennessee’s holiday and administrative closing schedule and also close for semesters-end maintenance for two days leading up to “Study Day” before final exams starts. Due to the Kao ICS Consultants being off and limited staff is on hand, we will be open during spring, summer, fall and winter breaks but on a case-by-case basis. Please plan accordingly and come during times of full operation to get trained up before Study Day. Email us if you have any questions.

Our Equipment

Check out some of the tools available in the Kao ICS:

3D Printing

We have several printers available for you to use on school assignments and personal projects.

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Our wood shop is equipped with a variety of tools for wood and metal work for your next creation.

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Laser Cutting

If you’re looking for a more refined cut for your next project, check out one of our laser cutters.

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