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Students can explore 3D printing technology with summer camp

Jun. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Middle-schoolers will have a chance this summer to get some hands-on experience with the latest manufacturing revolution, 3D printing.

3D printing enables users to turn digital designs into actual objects. It will be the focus of two specialized summer camps hosted by RCBI, both of which will feature Additive Manufacturing technology with 3D Software Design and 3D Printing.

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. They'll be at the RCBI Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, located at 1050 4th Ave. in downtown Huntington.

Cost for each camp is $25, with lunch included. The camps are open to all sixth- through ninth-grade students in the Tri-State area.

"3D Printing isn't the wave of the future, it's happening here and now," Charlotte Weber, RCBI director and CEO, said in a press release. "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.

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

The Printing Camps also 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.

Registration for the camps is now underway, and openings are limited. To register, visit www.rcbi.org/registration/3dcamp or call 800-469-7224.