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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

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


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