ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

FACILITIES + CAPABILITIES

We are dedicated to leading the forefront of Large-scale Additive Manufacturing. The ASCC has made breakthrough innovations to the field and with university expertise, we can bring promising concepts to market quickly and drive US manufacturing to a sustainable future.

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

FACILITIES + CAPABILITIES

We are dedicated to leading the forefront of Large-scale Additive Manufacturing. The ASCC has made breakthrough innovations to the field and with university expertise, we can bring promising concepts to market quickly and drive US manufacturing to a sustainable future.

CAPABILITIES

  • Small and large-scale additive manufacturing
  • Scale Model Fabrication
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Material Qualification and Calibration

EQUIPMENT

Ingersoll – MasterPrint 3x

  • Custom Ingersoll MasterPrint 3x 
  • World’s largest polymer 3D printer 
  • Fused Granular Fabrication
    60 ft long by 22 ft wide by 10 ft tall (18.3 m x 6.7 m  x 3 m) print volume
  • expandable to 100 ft (30.5 m) long. 
  • Up to 150 lb (86 kg) per hour throughout
  • Integrated CNC 5-axis machine for subtractive manufacturing methods including cutting, surface finishing, and part geometry finishing. 
  • Expansions of the MasterPrint include upgrading the maximum print throughput to more than 500 lb (227 kg) per hour, continuous fiber layup head, and adding foaming material capacity

Fortus 900mc 3D Production System — Stratasys

  • Fused filament fabrication (FFF)
  • Produces repeatable parts up  914 mm x 610 mm x  914 mm (36 in x 24 in x 36 in). 
  • 16 compatible printer materials
  • Carbon, glass, bio fiber filled materials, ULTEM, and PEEK
  • MT Connect software – capable of digital twin creation and documentation of all prints through in-situ real-time data collection and processing.

Juggerbot3D – Tradesman Series P3-44

  • Fused Granular Fabrication
  • The print volume is 46 in long by 35 in wide by 37 in tall. 
  • Strangpresse Model 19 Upgrade
  • Heated and vacuum table up to 115°C
  • Heated enclosure up to 100°C
  • Able to print commodity, flexible, engineering-grade, high-temperature, and high-fill thermoplastics
  • Link to product site

Cincinnati – BAAM 100 – Alpha Size 2

  • The BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) manufactures durable tooling, prototype or production parts from fiber-reinforced plastic.
  • The print volume is 140” long by 65” wide by 72” tall
  • Capacity to print up to 80lbs per hour
  • Utilizes laser platform, including machine frame, motion system, and control that has been adapted with an extruder and feeding system.
  • Fused Granular Fabrication
  • Heated and vacuum print table, pellet extruder, and the Alpha 2’s use of material extrusion 3D printing technology. 
  • Link to product site

Modix BIG – 120x V3

  • Print Volume: 1,200 mm x 600 mm x 640 mm (47 in x 23.6 in x 25 in)
  • Uses open-source filament stock
  • Printing speed 60 mm/sec
  • Can print in high temperatures up to 500°c
  • Link to product site

Gigabot X

  • Direct-drive pellet extrusion-based printer
  • Print volume: 580 mm x 600 mm x 470 mm (22.8 in x 23.6 in x 18.5 in)
  • Used to develop custom bio-based or recycled materials-based on a pellet or flake feed system that simulates that use on our large-scale 3D printer
  • Able to prototype scaled versions of large-scale geometries and final parts at smaller scales.
  • Can print with 3-5 mm plastic granules that melt below 518ºF
  • Link to product site

Ultimaker S5 Printer

  • Composite ready dual extrusion
  • Compatible with over 200 different materials
  • Uses Fused filament fabrication (FFF)
  • Print Volume: 330 mm x 240 mm x 300 mm (13 in x 9.4 in x 11.8 in)
  • Dual nozzle open source filament systems at 2.85 diameters 
  • Enclosed with 3D Print Clean Model 870 enclosures with high accuracy temperature, humidity, airflow, and remote monitoring enabled.
  • Nozzle Temperature – 180 – 280 °C
  • Build Speed – < 24 mm³/s
  • Link to product site

ZMorph VX Multitool

  • Working Area: 250 mm x 235 mm x 165 mm (9.8 in x 9.2 in x 6.5 in)
  • Prints thermoplastics, thick pastes such as ceramics, and foaming agents.
  • Three fabrication methods: 3D printing, CNC cutting, and laser engraving
  • Capabilities: cut blanks, build machine parts, and simulates the large-scale additive manufacturing printer in process design by using both additive and subtractive manufacturing.
  • End-of-arm tooling on an ABB – IRB 4400 6-axis robot to print open source filament.
  • Allows printing on virtually any curved surface, including fiber-reinforced thermoplastic blanks.
  • Link to product site

Formlabs 3L (SLA)

  • Print Volume 33.5 × 20 × 30 cm (13.2 × 7.9 × 11.8 in)
  • 25μm XY Resolution x 25 – 300μm Layer Thickness

Liestritz’s ZSE-27 MAXX Twin Screw Extruder

  • Liestritz’s ZSE-27 MAXX Twin Screw Extruder
  • 40:1 L/D ratio
  • 40Hp motor
  • 1200 rpm in co-rotation and 
  • >150Lbs/hr output for compounding thermoplastics and natural fibers

Thermo Scientific Process 11 Parallel Twin-Screw Extruder

  • Minimized sample material usage (20 g)
  • Throughput range 20g/h to 2.5kg/h
  • Thermo Scientific™ Process 11 Melt Pump for pulsation-free metering
  • Filament Spooler for winding 3D filaments
  • Thermo Scientific™ VariCut Pelletizer with variable pellet sizing

Instrumentation

In addition to printing, the ASCC has the capability to install instrumentation such as visual cameras, thermal cameras, profilometers, and DIC cameras to monitor the printing process. Learn more.

CONTACT:

Evan Gilman

|Chief Engineer for AM

evan.gilman@composites.maine.edu

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