UMaine’s Advanced Manufacturing Center a Resource to Maine businesses

UMaine’s Advanced Manufacturing Center a Resource to Maine businesses


The Advanced Manufacturing Center is a university
economic development resource. What we do is work with companies and businesses to help
them develop, execute and commercialize new products, new processes and anything related
to manufacturing. We do food products, we do wood manufacturing, we do metal manufacturing,
we do plastics manufacturing, we work with composite manufacturers as well. If somebody has an idea or a concept where
they want help developing a prototype, developing a manufacturing solution, what they will do
is come and meet with us, we’ll sit down and come up with a complete scope of work. We
will work with them on financing if they need to, mostly MTI, Maine Technology Institute
but also CEI, other groups here in the state that help with financing. We’ll build the
prototype, do the testing on it and then help them commercialize that product as well. [music] We have a 3-D printer machine, which can print
many different types of plastics, the hard plastic, the more flexible plastic. Any part
that we can draw on the computer, we can make it out of plastic. We have a FARO EDGE laser scanning arm. It
can scan in any type of object, so we can go right from the scanned part to a 3-D printed
part, we can change the size, shape, whatever we want to do and then print that part off
or we can also go into CNC equipment and actually machine it. We have a machine that will actually cut metal
using a wire, because the wire is electrified and it erodes the metal all the way through
so then it will cut off the metal and it’s very accurate, it’s similar to the waterjet
type system but it’s much more accurate and you can use it for cutting exact parts. We’re
using it for cutting samples for Bangor Natural Gas. At the Advanced Manufacturing Center students
are very important to our operation here. We hire students usually in their sophomore,
junior year, both mechanical and electrical engineering students. They come to work for
us just as any other student would work for a company or business as an intern. What those
students get is basically two to three years of hands-on project management, engineering
experience that is invaluable. Students are very sought after, after they graduate here
from the university. For example, GE in Bangor has 10 AMC former students. When we develop something, we’re not going
to develop it in a vacuum, we’re actually going to develop it so that we can transfer
that knowledge to those private manufacturers here in the state, which can really help that
company get off the ground and get moving. Whether it’s the innovation center or whether
it’s the business school, we’ll actually help pull a team together to make sure that they
have all of the aspects they need to be able to make a good go of it as a business. [music]

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