Year in Review 2022




HUB AND SPOKE




EVENTS




RESEARCH MILESTONES




TIDC

MAJOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING ACCOMPLISHMENTS




FUNDING




ASCC PEOPLE



NEW PROJECTS & EXPANSIONS

Unveiled the First Ever 100% Bio-Based 3D Printed Home

BioHome3DOn 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



TIDC



Funding


53

Externally-funded projects awarded

$43,935,053

Awarded for externally-funded projects this year in total

$33M

Received in research expenditures

  • Congress approved a federal funding packing including $35M to help build the GEM Factory of the Future expansion. This facility will expand research in AI-enabled large-sclae biobased 3D printing and additive manufacturing and provide an educational hub for community members and students to explore ASCC’s projects and technologies.
  • This year, ASCC fundraised $37M, about half of the budget needed for the GEM expansion. The funding came from a combination of state and federal programs, appropriations, and awards.
  • FOR/Maine Coalition, of which ASCC is a member, was selected as a finalist for the $1B Build Back Better Regional Challenge from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for their proposal ‘Accelerating the Northern Forest Bioeconomy.’

Events


From September 12-13th, ASCC hosted the American Floating Offshore Wind Technical Summit, or AFloat 2022. Industry leaders, researchers, engineers, and even avian professionals from across the globe were invited to the heart of the historic Old Port in Portland, ME to discuss the future of offshore wind for Maine, the U.S., and the world. This year, AFloat garnered nearly 350 registered attendees.

Plan For AFloat 2023

AFloat is returning to Portland Sept. 26-27th, 2023. Find the most recent updates for this year’s event at our website or LinkedIn below.

Source: Sawyer Loftus | BDN

ASCC hosted the Matthew R. Simmons Windstorm Challenge in May. More than 150 Maine middle school and high school students participated. The event challenges students in a hands-on STEM activity, incorporating engineering, design processes, sustainability, economic development, and innovation. This year, the high school winners were The Flat Earth Society from John Bapst High School, scoring 97/100 points. This event came after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the last in-person Windstorm Challenge was held in 2019.

Save the Date for Windstorm Challenge 2023!

Featuring a brand new cirriculum and judging criteria, ASCC is getting ready to host students for the Windstorm Challenge next year!

ASCC, in collaboration with Alliance for Pulp & Paper Technology (APTI), hosted a two-part webinar series on Biobased Materials for Advanced Manufacturing. The series garnered 150 attendees.

Through a partnership between ASCC and the Maine Technology Institute, Dr. Andrew Gifford developed and hosted a two day 3D Printing Training Workshop for Maine boatbuilders at the Center. The workshop introduced and explained 3D printing technology to local Maine boatbuilders, with the goal of showing how additive manufacturing technology could benefit the boatbuilding industry through reductions in costs and production time.


People


New Hires

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.


Research Milestones


New Patents

Publications

Presentations

  • University of Maine became the first university in the state of Maine to be recognized as a Carnegie R1 classified school. This ranks UMaine among the top 4% of research institutions in the United States! ASCC has been committed to helping UMaine achieve this accreditation, and now that it has, will continue to maintain high standards for research and doctoral-level personnel.
  • A notable patent issued is the ASCC collaboration with NASA for ‘Motion Absorbing System and Method for a Structure,’ a floating offshore wind turbine with NASA motion mitigation that is able to reduce vibrations in rockets. This particular patent was invented by NASA researchers alongside ASCC researchers Christopher Allen, Anthony Viselli, Andrew Goupee, and Habib Dagher.
  • Dr. Douglas Gardner surpassed 9,000 journal citations this year.

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.


What’s Next?


New England Aqua Ventus LLC is a joint venture between Diamond Offshore Wind and RWE Renewables, formed to develop a demonstration project off the coast of Maine. The two companies have invested $100M in the project, and construction is expected to start next year.

  • Groundbreaking for the GEM Factory of the Future is projected for October 2023.
  • Opening of the SMART and High Performance Textile Laboratory in Summer 2023.