RCBI Offering 3D Printing Summer Camps

HUNTINGTON – 3D Printing is revolutionizing today’s manufacturing. Now sixth through ninth grade students have an opportunity to experience first-hand some of the world’s most exciting manufacturing technology right here in the Tri-State this summer.

3D Printing, which enables users to turn digital designs into actual objects, will be the focus of two specialized summer camps hosted by RCBI. Both camps, featuring Additive Manufacturing technology with 3D Software Design and 3D Printing, will take place at the RCBI Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, located at 1050 4th Avenue in downtown Huntington.

“3D Printing isn’t the wave of the future, it’s happening here and now,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director and CEO. “Since 2009 dozens of manufacturers and entrepreneurs have used our Design Works labs and taken advantage of our 3D printers. Now we’re thrilled to be able to offer youngsters a hands-on introduction to this revolutionary technology.”

Camp 1 will be conducted daily from Monday, June 24, through Thursday, June 27. Camp 2 will be conducted from Monday, July 15, through Thursday, July 18. Each day’s session is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost for each camp is $25 (lunch is included). The camps are open to all sixth through ninth grade students in the Tri-State area.

In addition to sessions at RCBI, the 3D Printing Camps will include a tour of the Marshall University Visualization Lab at the Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories on the Marshall campus, as well as a visit to a local high-tech manufacturer.

“Our intent is that our 3D Camps will be fun, interactive and educational,” Weber said. “At the same time, they will foster the young participants’ interest in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – skills.”

Registration for the camps is now underway. Seating is limited, so early registration is advised. To register, go to http://www.rcbi.org/registration/3dcamp or call 800.469.7224.