Center for Manufacturing Research


Manufacturing Education Using Virtual Environment Resources Workshop, July 28-29, Cookeville TN

Now accepting applications to participate in a workshop on Digital Manufacturing Instruction using Virtual Reality technology.  This is directed towards community college instructors and high-school teachers interested in digital manufacturing instruction using virtual reality tools and techniques.  

Registration is limited to 20 participants and selection is competitive.  Each participant will receive a $600 stipend. 

Application Deadline: June 29, 2018.

More information: TTU Flyer_MANEUVER_Workshop.pdf

Contact: Michelle Davis, Center for Manufacturing Research,, 931-372-6386 or Ismail Fidan, Manufacturing and Engineering Technology,, 931-372-6298.

Additive Manufacturing Teacher Workshop, July 7-8 2018, Nashville TN

Now accepting applications to participate in a workshop covering: 

  • Building your own 3-D printer
  • Train-the trainer studios
  • Lean the MOOCs resources
  • State of the industry
  • Entrepreneurial product design and fabrication
  • Implementing additive manufacturing to your ABET accreditation process

Application deadline:  May 31, 2018.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology and Community College Instructors will be given preference.  Registration is limited to 15 participants.  Each workshop participant will receive a $400 reimbursement check and a 3-D printer.  

More information: Additive Manufacturing Teacher Workshop 2018 FINAL.pdf

Contact:  Michelle Davis, Center for Manufacturing Research,  931-372-6386.

Industry-Graduate Assistantship Program

The Center for Manufacturing Research works closely with high-tech manufacturing firms in the Southeast. The Industry-Graduate Assistantship Program at Tennessee Tech University will provide hands-on experience opportunities for full-time College of Engineering graduate students in the advanced manufacturing and product development industry. The program is focused on education and research and is supported through industry sponsors located in areas near Tennessee Tech. The program will provide industry-specific experience such as design and manufacturing including vehicle components while the student pursues a graduate engineering degree at Tennessee Tech. Industry has expressed the need for majors including mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering, manufacturing engineering technology, and computer science. As part of this program you will work on applied research problems with immediate need to the manufacturing industry. The Industry-Graduate Assistantship Program will provide competitive salary for qualified engineering student candidates. Much of your work will occur off-campus at the local industry. As part of this program, you may spend specific periods for training and exposure to the U.S. automotive design or related industries at a sponsor's research headquarters. Potential sponsors include Ficosa, Calsonic, and Bridgestone. For more information please contact Professor Stephen Canfield,, 931-372-3254 or Professor Vahid Motevalli,, 931-372-3831.

Explore the CMR's Capabilities in Additive Manufacturing

3D Microscopy Services Available

A recent addition to the CMR laboratories is the Zygo NewView 6300 3D Microscope. This equipment can be used for surface profiling, surface roughness testing and step height measurement, among other applications. TTU researchers may use this equipment free of charge. External clients may contact Michelle Davis at or 931-372-6386 for more information.

NewView 6300 3D Microscope Specifications