UTC planning “Engineering Barn” to support education for students

The official name is Innovation-Advanced Manufacturing Center—I-AMAC, but the shorthand version is “Engineering Barn.” Equipment in the new facility at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) will use additive manufacturing techniques, preparing students not only for today’s mechanical engineering, but the future.

To be built in three phases starting later this year, the first two phases will be 5,000 square feet each while Phase Three is planned to be 10,000, says Daniel Pack, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Most of Phase One will house an open floor space with two purposes – half for senior students to focus on projects they must complete to graduate and the other half filled with additive manufacturing equipment, a center for innovation and advanced manufacturing with hopes of attracting outside companies to collaborate with UTC.

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