WV Makes Festival set for Friday at Marshall

October 5, 2018

HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) and Marshall University will once again host the West Virginia Makes Festival, where a diverse audience of makers, inventors, tinkerers, entrepreneurs and students will convene.

Running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Memorial Student Center Plaza on Marshall’s Huntington campus, the free event celebrates ingenuity with a Design Challenge that encourages makers to demonstrate their ideas and creations.

Artists, enthusiasts, hackers and hobbyists of all ages who enter the Challenge are eligible for several cash awards. Registration for Design Challengers is free but required. Registration information and event details are online at www.wvmakes.com/wv-makes-festival.

The event coincides with National Manufacturing Day, a coast-to-coast effort to raise awareness of the essential role of modern manufacturing and making in today’s economy.

The next day, Saturday, Oct. 6, makers of all skill levels are invited to the Robert C. Byrd Institute at 1050 4th Ave. for a series of Master Classes. Workshops, presented by industry experts, will include hands-on instruction in a variety of maker topics. No experience is necessary.

The series of 75-minute sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. The cost is $25 for each participant, which includes up to three sessions. Classes are free for students younger than 10, but they must be accompanied by an adult.

The sessions are: Incorporating Mechatronics and Robotics into Your Program; Industrial 3D Printing in Job Shops; Carbon Fiber & Metal 3D Printing with Markforged; Design Tips & Tricks for 3D Printing; Introduction to Fusion 360 CAD/CAM Software; From Photo to a 3D Print; Cutting Metal with a 4000W Laser; and Approaches to Creating in RCBI’s Maker Vault.

For more information and to register, visit http://wvmakes.com/Master-Class/#register or contact Deacon Stone at dstone@rcbi.org or 304-781-1659.

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