Media reports on UMaine and Penquis partnership to 3D print housing community
News Center Maine, WFVX-TV (Fox 22 in Bangor), Yahoo Finance and MarketScreener reported that Penquis, a Maine nonprofit organization that works to eliminate poverty in the state, has received $3.3 million in government funding to address the lack of affordable housing for low-income Mainers. The money will be used to purchase nine new 3D printed homes from the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, which the university unveiled last year with the help of Gov. Janet Mills and Sen. Susan Collins. Habib Dagher, the executive director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the university, says that they had always planned to use their technology to help the community. “We’re delighted that we have an opportunity here to help the homeless in the area and the low-income homes as well. That was the plan from day one — to have opportunities to build homes for those who can’t afford them today or can’t have them at all,” said Dagher.