Year in Review 2022
Unveiled the First Ever 100% Bio-Based 3D Printed Home
BioHome3D → On November 21st, ASCC unveiled BioHome3D, the first-of-its-kind 3D printed home made of entirely bio-based composite materials. This project emerged from the Hub and Spoke program, a ASCC and Oak Ridge National Laboratory collaboration, and received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. Other partners in the project include MaineHousing and Maine Technology Institute. The Center invited attendees, media, top U.S Department of Energy officials, along with Gov. Janet Mills Sen. Susan Collins, and UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy to give remarks and be the first to view and tour the home. The 600-square-foot house is made of completely recyclable materials and offers an innovative and sustainable solution to the housing crisis impacting people in Maine and across the country.
Produced the world’s largest 3D-printed logistics vessel
Logistics Vessel → In collaboration with Marine Corps Systems Command’s Advanced Manufacturing Operations Cell (AMOC), ASCC produced the world’s largest 3D-printed logistics vessel for the U.S. Department of Defense. The structures consist of two expendable ship-to-shore vessels that are made up of composite materials. These vessels were printed in one month, compared to traditional materials and methods that can take over a year to produce the same thing. The vessels were unveiled at the UMaine Composites Center in Orono on Feb. 25th. Attendees included Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, U.S Department of Defense leadership, and UMaine officials.ith Marine Corps Systems Command’s Advanced Manufacturing Operations Cell (AMOC), ASCC produced the world’s largest 3D-printed logistics vessel for the U.S. Department of Defense. The structures consist of two expendable ship-to-shore vessels that are made up of composite materials. These vessels were printed in one month, compared to traditional materials and methods that can take over a year to produce the same thing. The vessels were unveiled at the UMaine Composites Center in Orono on Feb. 25th. Attendees included Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, U.S Department of Defense leadership, and UMaine officials.
Hub & Spoke
Externally-funded projects awarded
Awarded for externally-funded projects this year in total
Received in research expenditures
Of new hires were diverse candidates, increasing diversity by 10% since last year
Paid in wages
New Doctoral Research Staff
Active Graduate Research Assistants
Student Employees from
Different UMaine Academic Departments
Three ASCC Researchers Among Top 2% of Scientists Worldwide
Dr. Douglas Gardner, Dr. Mehdi Tajvidi, and Dr. Eric Landis, were identified as among the top two percent of scientists worldwide based on c-score. The c-score is a measure of scientific impact that considers number of citations, co-authorship, and author order in publications. This is the second year that ASCC faculty number among the top scientists worldwide, a testament to the ongoing and far-reaching impact of their research.
ASCC has focused on hiring doctoral researchers as well as encouraging current research staff to pursue their doctoral degrees. This year, three existing ASCC researchers were awarded doctoral degrees:
Dr. Sunil Bhandari – Civil Engineering, studying multi-scale modeling of 3D printed structure for process-structure-performance characterization. Dr. Bhandari was the recipient of UMaine 2022 Outstanding Postdoctoral Researcher Award for his work at the ASCC. Bhandari’s extensive research includes work as a Co-Principal Investigator (CoPI) on various TIDC projects such as 3D-printed highway culverts.
Dr. Andrew Schanck – Civil Engineering, researching live-load testing and subsequent finite element modeling of aging reinforced concrete T-Beam bridges for AASHTO.
Dr. J. Elliot Sanders – Forest Resources, studying fiber-reinforced thermoplastics (FRTP) through ERDC grant.
New Projects & Expansions
ASCC has continued to implement and execute the 5-year GEM Strategic Plan. GEM goals include educating future workforce leaders, developing durable and sustainable housing and transportation infrastructure, and leading in floating offshore wind and large-scale additive manufacturing, all while serving national security priorities.
The GEM Factory of the Future is a part of the 90,000ft2 expansion plan for the Green Energy and Materials (GEM) Laboratory. The Factory of the Future will be a research hub foucsed on AI-enabled large-scale bio-based advanced manufacturing, and providing hands-on educational and workforce development opportunities for students. The factory will house research personnel and serve as a “living classroom” environment for students.
Not only will the Factory of the Future provide enriching educational experiences for students, making it a driving force for enrollment, but the expansion will also provide more opportunities for innovations in additive manufacturing, AI, and other technology and engineering industries.
GEM Education Initative was implemented this year, which is a micro-credentialing and digital badging program. This allows for students to not only experience hands-on work at the Center, but be able to leave with verification and recording of their accomplishments and knowledge gained that follows UMS micro-credential framework and requirements.
For 2022, ASCC provided micro-credentials for those working in mechanical testing, 3D printing, and deep technology entrepreneurship. The ultimate goal is for every student worker at the Center to be eligible for some kind of micro-credential.
Keith Sharp and Rebecca Fisher teach a Research Learning Experience (RLE) class to introduce incoming UMaine students to the Center and the engineering design processes utilized for additive manufacturing and offshore wind. 13 students participated in the Fall 2022 semester.
Construction began on the SMART and High Performance Textile Laboratory, located above the Alfond Advanced Manufacturing Lab for Structural Thermoplastics. The lab is scheduled to open in Summer 2023, and will allow ASCC researchers to explore previously untapped potentials in textile research and development.