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TechStyles: Fashion Innovation in Philadelphia

Posted by Christine

Oct 14, 2014 1:17:02 PM

Panel_DiscussionLast month, the coworking space at NextFab was home to a very special event: the TechStyles panel discussion with interactive demonstrations, produced by Skai Blue Media. The panel explored the role of technology in fashion innovation. Makers at the forefront of the local fashion scene shared their experiences integrating technology and design: fashion and textile designer Dom Streater, SPOR founder Jason Browne (who makes solar battery chargers), Dave Becker of Beacon & Lively, and NextFab's own Christine Zapata.

Topics: 3d-printing, makers, fashion

David Beker's Laser Cut Lamp

Posted by Angie Hilem

Oct 8, 2014 4:46:40 PM


Traditional Patterns Inspire Modern Decor

Geometric shapes in your home can bring new dimension and design. Inspiration from ancient tiles makes this project an interesting mix of old meets new.

This stunning lamp is made of 5 pieces of laser cut plywood. NextFab member David Beker "drew the image based on Moorish tile patterns [he's] seen."

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3D Printing David Pogue's Face

Posted by Angie Hilem

Oct 3, 2014 11:44:40 AM


Want to see the cool things David Pogue, technology columnist for Yahoo Tech, CBS News, and Scientific American, did on his recent visit to NextFab?

Watch this short video by Kurtis Sensenig for a glimpse of the fun we had.

We used a 3D scanner to scan David's face and create a 3D computer file. Then, we incorporated a digital CNC, which means computer numerical control, system. Our ShopBot, which is a CNC router, carved out a replica of his visage from high-density foam. The same 3D file was used to create a 3D printed model of his face!

 

 

Topics: 3d-modeling, 3d-scanning, 3d-printing, shopbot, cnc, Video

Steelborn Choppers: Waterjet-Cut Brake Rotors

Posted by Christine

Sep 30, 2014 2:55:00 PM

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Steelborn Choppers makes motorcycles. Glorious, hand-built, one-of-a-kind motorcycles. Operating out of Brooklyn, NY, the company gives intense attention to details of each bike:

Steelborn Choppers are rolling metal creations powered by American V twin engines.
Hours of dedication are spent to design and then to precisely fabricate & refine each part.
Absolutely no compromises are made when it comes to quality and the length of time it takes for each build.
It's all "one part at a time, one bike at a time" with a "total hands-on" philosophy that goes into the craft of each individual custom bike. (via)

Topics: adobe-illustrator, 2d, waterjet, cad, 2012, nextfab, digital-fabrication, fabrication, custom-fabrication, choppers, Steelborn Choppers

Mapping Freire: Integrating Curriculum and Public Art

Posted by Yulia Novozhilova

Sep 5, 2014 3:39:47 PM

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Topics: public-art, printing, photography, NextFab Members

Salish Sea Lab Video Competition

Posted by Christine

Aug 22, 2014 11:58:00 AM

squamishbydayYou may have heard about Miguel Horn and Chris Landau’s Vancouver Biennale sculpture residency project, Salish Sea Lab. They met right here at NextFab! It’s a beautiful sculpture by day. Did you know that it also dreams at night?

In June we put the spotlight on this cool project by NextFab members Miguel and Chris. The project got its funding, and the installation was unveiled on June 27th at the Adventure Centre in Squamish, British Columbia! You can see more photos of the work in progress here, and the unveiling of the finished installation here.

Topics: contest, Salish Sea Lab

An Instructable: Arduino-Powered LED Clock

Posted by Christine

Aug 22, 2014 10:51:32 AM

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On Tuesday, NextFab utilized LED lights provided by Instructables to build clocks! Ten participants had the opportunity to come and build their own Arduino-powered clocks.

Topics: arduino, instructables

David Beker's Small Wall Cabinet

Posted by Angie Hilem

Jul 8, 2014 11:49:00 AM


 

Traditional Techniques & Next-Gen Tools

  • David Becker is a member who entered this piece to The 21st Annual Wharton Esherick Museum Woodworkers' Competition and Exhibition.
  • He used "a great deal of traditional woodworking techniques, but the project is really focused around the two large laser-cut walnut panels."

 

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Meet Our First NextFab Ambassador: Corinne Warnshuis

Posted by Angie Hilem

Jul 3, 2014 4:03:40 PM


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Why have Ambassadors?

We started the Ambassador Program because we recognized people within our community who advocate for NextFab, though they aren't a part of our organization. They understand our mission and desire to contribute to the eco-system of innovation. Whether they never joined due to a lack of resources or because they weren't entirely sure of what we do, this opportunity gives them a chance to experience all all we have to offer.

Ambassadors are given memberships and asked to participate, as most members do, by taking classes and actively participating in various events. Each ambassadorship is catered to the individual, but each includes complimentary access to our facility. In addition to the resources on hand, ambassadors will engage with our knowledgable and supportive staff. Our demographic is wide, and our members consist of hobbyists, hi-tech professionals, freelancers, and life-long learners.

Additive Manufacturing Technology: DVIRC & 3D Printing

Posted by Angie Hilem

Jun 25, 2014 12:05:00 PM

Bukito 3D Printer In Action

Last month, we hosted our first class in a series on Advanced Manufacturing Technology, sponsored by DVIRC. The focus of this course is 3D printing.

DVIRC and its partners create an opportunity for manufacturers to innovate by providing the means to learn about, assess, and invest in specific advanced manufacturing technologies. The Advanced Manufacturing Accelerator assists regional manufacturers by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to capture the value of AM and achieve profitable growth through new products, processes, services, markets, and customers. Read more about specific business opportunities here.

    

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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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