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RCBI’s HIGH-TECH in action:

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RCBI offers access to new and emerging technologies such as the Fortus 3D Printer (pictured) for direct digital manufacturing and functional rapid prototyping.
RCBI offers access to new and emerging technologies such as the Fortus 3D Printer (pictured) for direct digital manufacturing and functional rapid prototyping.

RCBI used its 3D printer to produce prototype automotive fuel filter housings and their components for Allevard Sogefi USA Inc. in Prichard, W.Va. “We primarily use it so that we can have actual prototypes we can display when we’re seeking new business,” said Brandon Smith, a process engineer with the company. “Having a 3D computer image is one thing, but it’s no match for having the real thing to show.”
» RCBI also used its 3D printer to complete a number of projects for a nationally known entertainment company that has asked not to be publicly identified. That request has prompted RCBI staffers to refer to the work done for the secretive company as “Project X.”
» RCBI enabled two Marshall University students to craft an aluminum prototype of their newly designed device that produces synthetic DNA as much as 20 times faster than all previous methods. The students and local investors have gone on to launch a successful company, Vandalia Research Inc.
» RCBI assisted a neurosurgeon at Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in machining an artificial disc for implanting in spinal surgery.
» RCBI provided reverse engineering and programming assistance to Blackheart International of Philippi, W.Va., enabling it to engineer and produce a 3D model of a gunstock used by U.S. Special Operations forces. and functional rapid prototyping.
» RCBI worked with Boeing Phantom Works and Cytec Advanced Materials to identify new materials and procedures to fabricate and repair composite materials.
» RCBI provided Meadow River Enterprises of Lewisburg, W.Va. with technical assistance in development of an electroluminescent lamp that produces highly visible light, a new product with a wide range of military and civilian applications.

 

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