Additive Manufacturing Concentration

Using 3D Printers, you'll learn how to turn innovative ideas into reality on your path to a college degree and beyond.

RCBI and Mountwest Community & Technical College (MCTC) are partnering on a Additive Manufacturing concentration in the Engineering Design Technology program at Mountwest.

Students enrolled in the program attend classes at MCTC and at RCBI including its Design Works labs with a stable of 3D Printers in downtown Huntington.

The 3D-printing process begins as a student's original idea is turned into a digital design that presents the idea in three dimensions. When the design is fed into a Fortus or MakerBot 3D Printer, the printer reads the design and forces a thin stream of melted thermoplastic or other material through a nozzle to lay down successive thin layers of material that forms an exact copy of the design. Another 3D Printing process produces the design by adding layer upon layer of a powdered thermoplastic, composite or metal material that is combined to build a working prototype, functional part or customized product.

From production of medical devices and aerospace components, the innovative technology is rapidly being used by a wide variety of companies. It already is being used to produce surgical knee replacement implants that are designed and manufactured to fit a patient's joint perfectly. The same focus is being used to serve architects, artists and makers as well as sporting goods and consumer-product markets. Since RCBI began offering 3D Printing in 2009, dozens of entrepreneurs and manufacturers across West Virginia and the region have incorporated the technology into their operations to bring their ideas to reality and to open new business opportunities.

3D printing promises to create new jobs, markets and opportunities. Use this innovation for a competitive advantage. RCBI and MCTC will show you how. To learn more about the Additive Manufacturing concentration, go here.


The program is available to high school seniors and high school graduates, dislocated workers, welfare-to-work participants, employed individuals, participants in state or privately funded education or training programs, and employers who are expanding the technical capabilities of their current workforce.


RCBI programs are not open enrollment programs, and have admission and candidacy requirements in addition to community college admission guidelines. Each applicant must submit high school transcripts or G.E.D. records. We also assess each applicant’s math skills and require an interview with our staff members