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Olive Devices: Creating Superpowers for Disabilites

Posted by Anders Uhl

May 18, 2016 9:58:23 AM


Topics: 3d, laser

Mayor Kenney gets excited about NextFab

Posted by Marcelle Rice

May 4, 2016 3:14:30 PM

kenney_crop.jpgPhoto by Roberto Torres 

On Monday, May 2nd Mayor Jim Kenney attended a panel of tech community leaders to discuss how the City of Philadelphia plans to foster the growth of the local tech industry.

Topics: tour, mayor visit

Emerging Makers: Students, Schools and Post-Grads Make the Most of NextFab

Posted by Anders Uhl

May 3, 2016 10:47:37 AM


As Philadelphia's most forward thinking and tech-savvy development space and community, it stands to reason that NextFab has a strong educational focus. With eighty eight college level institutions and four hundred and fifty thousand college level students in the Philadelphia area, NextFab's student incentives and support programs cultivate valuable and unique relationships with Philadelphia students and institutions.

The Revolution Will Be Prototyped

Posted by Anders Uhl

Apr 13, 2016 9:15:35 AM


"I was having kind of a bad day. I was between jobs, had a cold and was in a pretty foul mood all round. On my walk home from the grocery store, as I turned the corner at the southwest corner of 7th and South a kid on a skateboard careened into me at full force. This knocked us both over and sent my glasses and groceries flying into the street. His skateboard literally landed inches from my face. The profile of the skateboard wheel was it: My ah-ha! moment. Cue the light bulb (albeit surrounded by the Looney Tunes-esque, chirping birds of my post-impact daze). It was at that very moment that I said to myself, "No, it can't be that easy, can it? Would 8mm skate bearings fit on an 8mm cymbal stand? I mean, it should, right?" -Guy Juravich

Topics: 3d, music, 3d-print, 3d-cad, drums, instrument

"Like Instagram Filters for Digital Audio..."

Posted by Anders Uhl

Mar 31, 2016 10:57:22 AM


Musician and recording engineer, Peterson Goodwyn, was looking for components to add texture to his audio recordings. With analog recording gear becoming increasingly sought after and consequently, expensive, Goodwyn sought other options. Applying "a little patience and research" Goodwyn realized that he could build the components that he needed for a fraction of the cost of buying them. Connecting with others with a strong DIY spirit, he saw a market for his DIY audio kits and founded DIY Recording Equipment (DIYRE). Like so many great start ups, DIYRE's foundations were in Goodwyn's basement. Realizing the limitations of his space and tools, he joined NextFab allowing a greater level of sophistication in development and production. 

Topics: electronics, music, audio

Welding Theory and Application at NextFab

Posted by Anders Uhl

Mar 23, 2016 2:52:31 PM


Matt Watson, NextFab's Metal Processes Manager, has been re-engineering the educational and instructional aspects of the metal shop. His focus on precision, accessibility and relevance to members needs, has built the foundation of the Welding Theory and Application class at NextFab's Washington Avenue location.

Topics: welding, metal-forming

Mayor Jim Kenney visited NextFab for a tour!

Posted by Laate Olukotun

Mar 14, 2016 3:44:00 PM

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney visited our Washington Ave location with the Director of The Philadelphia Department of Commerce, Harold Epps, and other city officials, for a tour with NextFab Founder and President, Evan Malone.

Topics: tour, mayor visit

Let's Get Physical: A Medical Hackathon "Saves Lives with Nerd Powers!"

Posted by Anders Uhl

Mar 7, 2016 11:28:41 AM

Between the 15th and 18th of November, 2015, Jefferson University and NextFab hosted the three-day Independence/Jefferson HealthHack. As the name suggests, this was an event to "hack" health, or more specifically, healthcare apparatus and processes. The event brought together nearly 200 people to solve challenging healthcare issues. Designers, med students, engineers and entrepreneurs alike formed teams to tackle problems that badly needed attention. The winning Hackathon solution was developed by a dynamic team of makers, we asked them for their thoughts on this exciting program.

Topics: Healthhack

UPenn Electric Race Team Dominates the Field

Posted by Anders Uhl

Feb 18, 2016 11:54:51 AM


With the help of NextFab, the University of Pennsylvania Electric Racing team has been racking up the wins on the track with their zero emmissions, zero-to-sixty-in-under-three-seconds, 115hp, Rev1 electric race car.

Topics: waterjet, contract

On Feb 10, Make Your Own Honey Dipper at North 4th!

Posted by Anders Uhl

Feb 5, 2016 5:04:51 PM



Check out the Honey Dipper project at North 4th utilizing the Roland MDX CNC and the wood lathe!

Topics: roland-mdx, nextfab, North 4th, wood lathe


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