Welcome to the UT Fab Lab
The university has invested in Knoxville’s urban renewal by renovating and furnishing a historic North Gay Street property for a new studio, gallery and fabrication lab. The 20,000-square-foot Fab Lab at 525 North Gay Street features a glass storefront that houses a new studio and gallery and two floors of industrial space as a fabrication laboratory.
Our state-of-the-art fabrication facility features 3D printers, water-jet cutter, laser cutters, an x-axis mill and robotics in addition to metal and woodworking equipment. The new technologies allow our students to work with 21st century tools, discovering both their limitations and the hidden potential of this equipment.
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Tours & Information
To request a tour or for further information about the UTK Fab Lab, please use this link:
The UTK Fab Lab is host to numerous workshops, lectures and orientations. See the calendar of activities, noting that during events shop access will be restricted.
Summer and Semester Break Hours:
Semester Operating Hours:
Upper Level (Woodshop & Rapid Prototyping Area):
Monday-Thursday 9:00am- 10:00pm
Friday 9:00am- 5:30pm
Sunday 1:00pm- 6:00pm
Lower Level (Metal & Plastic Shops):
Monday-Friday Per requests
Due to supervision and training requirements of this space, an appointment is required to ensure metalshop access is possible.
If you are planning on utilizing this space please talk with Craig or Nick, before arriving unannounced.
Please email to schedule a time.
Spring Break Hours-
Sunday 12th March-Closed,
Monday 13th-Thursday 16th-9am-4pm.
Friday 17th- Closed
Sunday 19th- 1pm-6pm
Monday 20th- Regular shop hours resume
Spring Holiday- Friday April 14th
Memorial Day- Monday May 29th
Stawinski is a furniture designer, and fourth-generation upholsterer. He earned his MFA in woodworking and furniture design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Gillam specializes in digital fabrication equipment and joined the University of Tennessee after working at a similar lab at the University of Texas at Arlington. (Nudger, the shop cat, is Chief Comfort Officer of the lab.) All UT Fab Lab personnel bring a range of experiences and skills to the students and faculty of the College of Architecture and Design.
User and Access Policy
The Fab Lab is split into three zones, each with its own access requirements and hours. Interested in utilizing the Fab Lab? Please ensure your intended use is within the policy: “UTK Fab Lab Policy”
See the full listing of available equipment (with details!) via this PDF, “UT Fab Lab Equipment.” Some highlights include our new digital capabilities, which include
- Abrasive Water-Jet Cutting
- CNC Vertical Machining Center
- CNC Routers
- Laser Cutting
- 3D Printing
Materials / Supplies & External Services
Fab Lab users are responsible for supplying their own materials and supplies for tasks completed at the lab. However for small tasks there may be surplus materials available for use, please ask.
For locating and acquiring supplies within the Knoxville region, please use the following guide (link). Within Knoxville & surrounding areas, we are fortunate to have suppliers for most of the necessary items. This list will help locate the relevant supplies for your needs.
If you plan to have materials delivered, you must comply with the FAB LAB Materials Delivery Policy. Failure to follow the policy will result in refusal to accept materials.
Please explore this image, available in a larger view upon click, to see all that we have available in our wonderful two-story Fab Lab.
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