DIC can match companies with the appropriate expertise and facilities on campus. The department arranges all fee-for-service work, including pilot production and prototype development. These services involve fees for time and materials.
UMaine researchers and faculty have the expertise and facilities to help companies create prototypes for many early-stage technologies. UMaine assistance can shorten the time to market for new technologies and maximize their value.
UMaine houses a number of pilot production plants and demonstration facilities both on campus in Orono and around the state that can help companies with the development of prototypes, troubleshooting projects, and small-scale pilot production. Trained technicians and staff are on-site to faciliate projects and to provide any necessary resources.
Some of the facilities available are:
- Advanced Structures and Composites Center (Composite materials, industrial product testing, offshore wind technology)
The Advanced Structures and Composites Center is a state-of-the-art one-stop-shop for integrated composite materials and structural component development. It offers in-house capabilities for developing a composite product or structure from the conceptual stage through research, manufacturing of prototypes, comprehensive testing and evaluation, code approval and commercialization. The Advanced Structures and Composites Center’s research initiatives include cutting-edge materials and structures technology development for deepwater offshore wind, civil infrastructure, boat-building, residential and light commercial construction, defense, and homeland security. Its 87,000 ft2 facility enables the design, manufacture, and testing of 240 foot-long structural components and full-scale prototypes of blades, towers, ship hulls, and floating foundations. The Advanced Structures and Composites Center couples structural testing fixtures with environmental chambers to simulate structural loading in harsh marine environments and models and tests materials from the nano-scale to the full-scale to optimize structural design, durability, and cost. The Advanced Structures and Composites Center’s capacity for industrial cooperation has led to nearly 300 product development and testing projects over the past five years as well as leading awards for innovation in the composite materials and civil engineering fields. Learn more at http://composites.umaine.edu
- Advanced Manufacturing Center (Precision Manufacturing)
AMC is an engineering support and service center that can assist in every step from first concept to final manufactured product. The facility has 20,000 sq.ft dedicated to machining and materials testing space. The entire building is temperature and humitity controlled.
- Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (Land Based Aquaculture)
Located in Franklin, CCAR is a commercial scale aquaculture facility that has over 80 fish tanks with recirculating systems that can run on fresh or salt water, with temperature control systems (heating and cooling), oxygen storage/distribution, solids filtration systems and settling ponds. There are also office spaces and wet laboratory areas.
- Food Science Pilot Plant (Food products & Sensory testing facility)
The Pilot Plant is a state of the art facility committed to helping Food Processors, Entrepreneurs, Farmers, Researchers and Students in the food industry. It offers a variety of options for anyone seeking to expand product lines, create value added foods, solve issues in current food products, and scale up recipes for commercial production.
- Forest Bioproducts Research Initiative – Technology Research Center (Forest bioproducts)
The University of Maine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute’s new Technology Research Center (TRC) validates, demonstrates, and helps commercialize developing fuel, chemical and advanced material technologies from forest bioproducts at an industrially relevant scale. It provides wood suppliers and wood users the opportunity to collaborate with each other and with University of Maine faculty researchers. TRC is a one-stop shop for processing and analysis of technologies. The 40,000-square-foot facility, located on the grounds of Old Town Fuel & Fiber in Old Town, Maine, features state-of-the-art process control and process information systems.
- Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology (Sensors, Microelectronics, Thin films, Nanotechnology)
LASST has a well-equipped facility for synthesis, characterization, processing of surfaces, interfaces, thin films, sensors, microelectronic devices, and microsystems.
- New Media Time Lab (digital content, new media)
The New Media lab can assist in multimedia and web design, and high end graphic, video and audio production.
- Process Development Center (pulp and paper)
PDC is equipped to work with a wide range of raw materials and processes including pulping, bleaching, papermaking, coating, and finishing. The PDC also has paper testing and analytical capabilities, and serves as a rapid response testing facility for situations that require timely resolution.
- Advanced Computing Research Lab (supercomputer for modeling and analysis)
Promotes/facilitates High Performance Computing (HPC) for the University of Maine System, the New England region, and the North American continent.
UMaine has partnered with several companies and entrepreneurs who have received seed funding for pilot productions from the Maine Technology Institute. Email DIC or call (207) 581-2201 for more information.