RCBI hosts WV Makes Festival to inspire 3D printing, making

September 11, 2017 | Categories: Member News

The West Virginia Makes Festival presented by the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) is fast approaching so exhibitors, challengers, sponsors and students are preparing for an exciting celebration of ingenuity, creativity and making.

Staged annually to inspire artists, engineers, inventors, makers and students, the 2017 festival is Friday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Huntington, W.Va., on Marshall University’s Memorial Student Center Plaza. The free festival, scheduled to coincide with national Manufacturing Day, is open to everyone and will feature special exhibits and attractions, live music, and technology including 3D printers and laser cutters.

A group of young makers discusses 3D printing on a LulzBot TAZ 5 at RCBI.

A Design Challenge will provide makers of all ages the opportunity to demonstrate their new ideas and skills, and reward their creative inspirations with cash prizes and bragging rights. Educators and teachers are encouraged to bring student groups so they can engage with makers and entrepreneurs.

For the latest information, including required registration links to participate in the Design Challenge, go to

A founding member of America Makes, RCBI encourages job creation, economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship by supporting manufacturing. RCBI provides leading-edge manufacturing equipment including 3D printing, specialized training and staff expertise so entrepreneurs and manufacturers of all sizes can innovate, create jobs and thrive.