The Center for Manufacturing Research (CMR) strives to accommodate the needs of all manufacturers, no matter the size or project requirement in three primary ways: (1) Externally funded research projects offer organizations outside the academic community the ability to request and receive quotes for access to specific, detailed research equipment and experienced personnel. These projects tend to be broad in scope. (2) The center provides a wide variety of testing services to companies throughout the state including — material characterization (Scanning Electron Microscopy, Electron Microprobe, X-Ray Diffractometer, Micro-hardness, Rocakwell hardness and mechanical properties), rapid prototyping, reverse engineering. CMM, acoustic/noice testing, vibration testing, and special-purpose testing. (2) The tennessee 3-Star Industrial Assessment Center provides no-cost studies of manufacturing plants across TN and portions of KY, VA, WV, NC, and AR. Engineering & Technology students under the direction of faculty from Tennessee Technological University, East Tennessee State University, and University of Memphis perform studies analyzing a plant’s energy, waste, and productivity issues.