The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Metal Casting Center (MCC) was established in 1990 with a grant from the Iowa Lottery. The centers first iron heat was poured on April 30, 1991 with the vision of specializing in the advancement of research related to the metal casting industry. The MCC has since become a nationally recognized leader in foundry research, applied technology, and technical business assistance.
Since its creation, the MCC has expanded to include two facilities. The materials research and foundry focused site is located in the Industrial Technology Center (ITC) on campus at UNI. The additive manufacturing center featuring North America’s largest 3D printer is located at Cedar Valley TechWorks in Waterloo. The MCC links university research and resources to private sector applications.