RCBI’s Design Works Labs Shape Ideas into 3-D Computer Models

Design Works, the newest service at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), is open for business.

“Our Design Works labs offer inventors and entrepreneurs the tools they need to take their idea or concept to reality,” said RCBI Director & CEO Charlotte Weber. “We can help aspiring inventors, artists or entrepreneurs shape their ideas into three-dimensional digital computer models that can then be used to create working prototypes. The prototype can then in turn be used to test the form, fit and function of the end-use product.”

The Design Works labs offer reverse engineering, dimensional inspections and CAD (Computer-Aided Design) assistance.

“We have computer workstations with SolidWorks 3D design software set aside exclusively for clients who need to design their products,” said RCBI Production Engineer Christopher H. Figgatt, E.I.

“In addition, we also offer the use of our FARO ScanArm that is fully integrated into SolidWorks via DezignWorks software. This combination allows clients to use the Faro ScanArm to capture measurements directly into SolidWorks and use them to reverse engineer a part or product.”

RCBI Technical Trainer Ashley Jackson notes that “inventors and entrepreneurs with no access to CAD software now are able to come in and utilize our equipment.”

The RCBI Charleston Design Works lab offers use of RCBI’s Dimension 1200es and Fortus 900mc 3D production center for prototype production. The Huntington Design Works Center offers a ZPrinter 450 3D printer for rapid prototyping and tooling production.

In addition, both labs offer an array of specialized software, including SolidWorks, Rapidform, Mastercam, Geomagic, FARO CAM2, DezignWorks, CMM-Manager and 3D-Doctor.

The RCBI Huntington Design Works lab is located downtown at 1050 Fourth Avenue. The Charleston Design Works lab is located in the Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center at 100 Angus E. Peyton Drive on the Marshall University Graduate College campus.

Founded in 1990, RCBI provides access to cutting edge technology and technical training in West Virginia and the region. Operating from Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Huntington, Charleston, Bridgeport and Rocket Center (near Keyser in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle), its mission includes developing a quality, just-in-time supplier base for the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the commercial sector.