Building the future: University of Maine home to world’s largest 3D printer

Take an inside look at the world's largest 3D printer — right here in Maine.

by | February 5, 2023

Photo by Roger McCord.

The University of Maine, home of the world’s largest 3D printer, is becoming known as a world leader in engineering advances. The university’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center is headed by Dr. Habib Dagher, also known for teaching the next generation of technology innovators.

In this episode of Chasing Maine, we talk with Dagher about UMaine’s growing reputation as a place where science and technology combine to create products that benefit society. In Dagher’s words, “By working together we can make a difference, educate the next generation and move the needle on societal needs.”

Meanwhile, the center is attracting young, new talent from away, and bringing former students back to Maine to continue their career. “We need to bring the young people back to Maine,” says Dagher. “We have a motto in our lab… None of us is as smart as all of us.”


Chasing Maine is a video series that explores Maine from a distinct visual perspective. Join veteran Maine journalist and storyteller Roger McCord as he chases the people, places and things that define the unique character of the Pine Tree State. Follow the Chasing Maine playlist on YouTube.

Roger McCord

Roger McCord

Roger McCord has had a wide-ranging career in journalism, spanning the gamut from writing/reporting to daily news photography to working on various news desks as an editor. The most recent incarnation is in video production – usually brief features and mini-documentaries in and about Maine.