You've probably seen the billboards, "With Love, Philadelphia, XOXO," part of a campaign for visitphilly.com to promote travel and tourism in and around Philadelphia. You may have also seen the red "XOXO" at 30th street station or Independence Hall. This summer, NextFab is helping to spread the love by fabricating two event specific, mobile XOXO sculptures.
It’s fun to cheer on friends who are doing great work. Kurt Swanson, a buddy of mine and fellow long-time member at NextFab, has been working his butt off for the last several years to bring a number of products to market. Usually he designs products for clients, but his most recent announcement is a bit more personal. Kurt's product development firm, Likuma Labs, is a resident company at NextFab, and they recently kickstarted a new air conditioning unit called Noria.
Engineer and entrepreneur Ben Wolfgram teamed up with his artisan parents to create a fun new business that encompasses both of their passions.
Photo 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.
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.
"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
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.
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.
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.