More than 40 classes have used UTC maker space in first two years
Now celebrating its second year in operation, the Hatch It! Lab is far more than just a place to make 3D-printed plastic knuckles like one class did.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) reports that students in 41 courses such as botany, literature, psychology, Afrofuturism, education, and criminal justice have used the Hatch It! Lab in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE).
Now celebrating its second year in operation, the Hatch It! Lab is far more than just a place to make 3D-printed “plastic knuckles” like one of the classes did. With its heat press, the Lab can adhere silkscreen images onto T-shirts. Its laser cutter can slice vinyl into shapes of all sizes. Its computer-controlled sewing machines can use multicolored threads to embroider complex designs.
“The more professors that are aware of how you can work this stuff into your curriculum, the more exciting it is for students to make things out of their heads and have it become real,” said Mike Bradshaw, CIE’s Interim Executive Director.