Veterans, troops learn 3D printing through RCBI pre-apprenticeship

May 21, 2019

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) is introducing veterans and active duty troops across the globe to careers in Additive Manufacturing – also known as 3D printing.

RCBI offers the Veterans Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Program through its national Apprenticeship Works, which is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

“We are very honored and proud that RCBI has been instrumental in designing and delivering on-the-job training to our veterans and active duty military,” said Charlotte Weber, Director & CEO of RCBI. “We know our armed services recognize the value of additive manufacturing to increase readiness and warfighting capabilities by providing a way to make replacement parts on demand.”

More than 90 veterans and active duty military members have already participated in the program offering an introduction to manufacturing, with an emphasis on additive manufacturing technology. Troops stationed at bases across the United States and overseas have participated in the online program.

RCBI has also partnered with Applied Systems and Technology Transfer (AST2) of Youngstown, Ohio, to provide customized hands-on computer-aided design, 3D scanning and reverse engineering instruction to the Navy and the Department of Defense (DoD) at the Naval Base in San Diego, California.

Since 2009 RCBI has designed and developed 3D Printing processes, courses and workshops that meet manufacturing supply chain needs. RCBI’s Apprenticeship Works Program launched the nation’s first Additive Manufacturing Technician apprenticeship in fall 2018 with input from partners America Makes, Tooling U-SME and the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers.

RCBI delivers courses focused on the leading-edge technology that is revolutionizing the design, development and manufacture of products for the medical, consumer, design and architecture, heavy-equipment, the arts, tourism, energy, military and defense markets.

For more information, or to sign up for the program contact Becky Calwell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 304.720.7740.