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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

Mike Harpring Fabs Beautiful New Kensington Pub

Posted by Anders Uhl

Jan 28, 2016 5:07:40 PM

Martha is a cozy, eclectic new bar in the Kensington neighborhood of North Philly. Located at the corner of East York and Martha Street, the pub has been described as a "chill bar with snacks and a retro den feel." Martha's atmosphere is more like an artist's residence than a bar. Utilizing NextFab's wood and metal shops, member Mike Harpring fabricated fixtures and furnishings to accent the unique space. 

Junior Member Sidharta Vadaparty and His Killer Kinemeter

Posted by Anders Uhl

Jan 11, 2016 10:04:50 AM


9th grade student Sidharta "Sid" Vadaparty was dissatisfied with the accelerometer available in his high school physics class. He decided to make his own "portable, affordable and mod-able" version. With his bright mind, supportive father and a little help from NextFab, the open source Kinemeter was born. Here we profile Sid and his exciting new project.

Topics: laser, arduino

NextFab Electronics Wizard Makes the Season Bright

Posted by Anders Uhl

Dec 23, 2015 11:09:53 AM


NextFab's Electronics Supervisor, Matt Garfield, had a brilliant idea for a holiday gift. While working on a contract project, he had explored inductive coupling for wireless power transfer. It wasn't the right fit for the project, but it got his gears turning, and as the holiday season rolled around, he found a wonderful application for this exciting technology.

Topics: electronics

Vanessa Chan's Creative Innovation Wipes Out Gripes

Posted by Anders Uhl

Dec 18, 2015 12:39:33 PM

Loop It at work

What brought corporate executive Vanessa Chan out of the corporate world and into NextFab? She claims that it was her inner tinkerer and love for jewelry design, but this highly creative maker with a PhD in Material Sciences and Engineering takes tinkering to another level. Chan's ability to fuse her tech engineering chops with her playful creativity is at the heart of her new company.

Topics: laser, Entrepreneurship, Member Project

NextFab Builds Outdoor Game Tables for University City Science Center

Posted by Anders Uhl

Dec 3, 2015 10:40:11 AM


NextFab recently completed a project for the University City Science Center for their renovation of the 37th St. Walkway between Chestnut and Market Streets.

Intro to Jewelry at North Fourth Supports PAWS

Posted by Anders Uhl

Nov 25, 2015 1:25:26 PM

Pet Tags made in the Intro to Jewelry class

The Introduction to Jewelry Making class at NextFab's North Fourth location teaches the fundamentals of jewelry making and supports the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. Sign up for a class and see why the Jewelry shop at North Fourth is such a gem!

Open Studio Night Series at NextFab North 4th!

Posted by Laate Olukotun

Nov 17, 2015 7:42:10 PM

If you haven't been in to NextFab or if you haven't been to NextFab's North 4th Street location or if you are just looking for something fun to do in the fall and winter months, check out the Open Studio Night series at North Fourth!

NextFab Supports Budding Young Entrepeneur

Posted by Anders Uhl

Nov 11, 2015 12:22:55 PM

Shemar Coombs took an entrepeneurship class in his senior year of high school. This brought him through the doors at NextFab and eventually to New York City for the national 2015 Network for Teaching Entrepeneurship Challenge semi-finals.

Topics: 3d

From Our Labs: Creating with Corian

Posted by Anders Uhl

Nov 2, 2015 3:57:47 PM

Most people think of Corian, a DuPont product, as a solid surface countertop solution - intended for kitchens and office desktops. But Corian is an amazingly versatile material that can be used for a broad range of applications. Our pro fabricators at NextFab have been innovating with Corian for quite some time now, and they’re here to inspire you during your next project.


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Welcome to the NextFab Blog, where we discuss the ideas changing the world as we know it. Step inside the revolutionary world of 3D Printing technology, traditional and Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machinery, innovation and imagination.



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