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The Jig is Up: Our Intern Created 3D-printable Jigs for Startup

Posted by Laate Olukotun

Sep 29, 2015 10:30:00 AM

In the Summer of 2015, an intern named Wei Zhen Li joined the young team of engineers and project managers working at a little startup called ConnectDER.

It’s unusual for a summer intern to have a lasting impact on a company, particularly one that's working at a break-neck speed to affect the course of America's energy grid, even more so when that intern is fresh out of high school.

Topics: intern, solidworks, jigs

Geeking Out: How We Made the 2015 Geekadelphia Trophies

Posted by Anders Uhl

Sep 10, 2015 11:50:04 AM


"I knew the minute I held this award that it wasn't going to be just a piece of decoration for my room (although, it does look awesome with the lights and all). It would demand responsibility." - Ather Sharif, 2015 Geek of the Year

Topics: electronics, 3d, 2d, design, shopbot, corian

Itzik Lorant's Work Chosen for Math Art Show

Posted by Anders Uhl

Aug 25, 2015 9:30:00 AM


NextFab member Itzik Lorant's complex, three-dimensional sculptural luminaires utilize wood, metal, plastic, textiles and light to create dynamic visual patterns. Playing with light, shadow, shape, and material, they are a unique blend of mechanical detail and artistic expression. Lorant's striking pieces get noticed; Lorant was recently chosen as an exhibitor in the 2015 Bridges Math Art International Conference, held in Baltimore, Maryland at the end of July. 

The Thrill of Invention

Posted by Anders Uhl

Aug 19, 2015 10:38:00 AM


Designer/Builder Jesse Frome uses mechanical engineering to build unique, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces with organic, biomorphic forms. Getting his business off of the ground has involved building mechanical jigs for NextFab's tools in order to rapidly prototype his designs. And Frome has accelerated his iterations by receiving feedback from the vast network of expertise in the NextFab community of staff, members and residents.

Topics: nfs

"It was just an idea until I came to NextFab!"

Posted by Anders Uhl

Aug 11, 2015 10:30:00 AM


Simone Spicer is a Philadelphia-based painter and sculptor, who, after twenty years of working as a paint contractor, saw a problem that was ready for a solution. "I have always wanted someone to invent a stand for a wet paint roller, just so I could free up my hands on the job. Finally it was the right time for me to invent one myself!" Simone quickly found that having a great idea required great determination in order to have a great product.

Topics: 3d, contract

Skate Park Meets Conceptual Art

Posted by Anders Uhl

Jul 24, 2015 10:11:01 AM


 If you've passed by Paine's Park recently you have likely noticed the two large gray structures that have taken residence there. The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program's outdoor exhibition  Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space, comissioned British artist Jonathan Monk to create the two skateable sculptures. The sculptures reference artist Sol Lewitt's installations in the nearby Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden, Pyramid  and Steps.

Topics: shopbot

Making Superfine Tables

Posted by Anders Uhl

Jul 21, 2015 10:30:00 AM


Artist Maury Superfine builds beautiful wooden tables. In fact his tables are so good-looking that we asked him to build a series of tables for our second floor common area at the Washington Avenue location. 

Topics: woodworking, Member Project

Making a Tiny, 3D-Scanned Sculpture Larger Than Life

Posted by Anders Uhl

Jun 29, 2015 9:04:58 AM

Poseidon with Brandon Boulden

Visitors to NextFab's Washington Avenue 3D room may have noticed an enormous head of Poseidon, just above the entry,  presiding over the 3D printers and lasers.  The sculpture is the work of NextFab's own Brandon Boulden, Manager of Laser Processes, 3D Imaging & 3D Printing.

Topics: 3d, nextengine, 3d-scanning, shopbot

NextFab Member Daniel Stein Brings a New and Improved Third Hand Kit to Market

Posted by Rachel M. Anderson

May 15, 2015 5:09:00 PM


When is the last time you were in the middle of a project and found yourself thinking, “This sure would get done quicker if I had a third hand?”

Topics: tools, electronics-projects, third hand

DIY Light-up Weather Forecasting with BeagleBone Black

Posted by Mark Neuburger

Feb 11, 2015 2:30:00 PM

If you've been by NextFab recently, you've probably seen my light-up map of the United States hanging on the wall in reception.  It automatically updates itself to show the current temperature at each of the fifty state capitals, using a microcomputer with a wireless Internet connection to download the latest weather information and update the lights for each city.

Topics: Member Project


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