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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some commonly asked questions about the Innovation & Collaboration Studio. If you can’t find the answer to your question below, feel free to email ics@utk.edu or come in during our normal work hours.

Where is ICS?

ICS is located in Perkins, Floor B2 (lowest basement level).

When can I come in?

ICS is open Monday⁠–Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you need to schedule a time outside of normal hours to meet with a staff member, you can fill out the access request form.

Do I have to pay for any materials I use?

Generally, no. The purpose of the ICS is to help students create their own projects for both personal and academic use, and we try to remove costs as a barrier to making these projects happen. However, we ask that if you plan on using a large amount of material, you either purchase your own filament or consult with our staff before you begin.

How large can I 3D print my objects?

The Innovation & Collaboration Studio allows students an unlimited amount of filament, provided the size of the piece is within reason. Refer to our 3D printing information to read more about what volume our printers can handle. Make sure to keep your print under 4 hours unless authorized by a staff member.

Do I have to be an engineering student to participate?

Everyone is welcome in the ICS. However, the materials that we make available for 3D printing are funded by engineering course fees, and as a result, we prefer that non-engineering students provide their own filament for 3D printing.

If you are involved in a research group outside of the Tickle College of Engineering and wish to use our facilities, please contact Tom Duong to request permission.

I have never 3D printed anything before. How can I learn?

Review our basic introduction to 3D printing. Additionally, we host periodic workshops after hours to give students an opportunity to become more familiar with our machines. Information about these workshops can be found on our website and on our social media pages.

We’re also eager to help new students learn. Just come in during open hours, and consult with one of our staff!

Can Maker’s Club help me with my school projects?

No. The Maker’s Club only helps students with personal and club/organization projects.