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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 5:09:30 PM

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

NextFab Member Spotlight: RAW Artist Chris Prewitt

Posted by Katherine McNamara

Jan 19, 2015 3:31:36 PM


On November 19th, 2014 at The Trocadero Theatre, Philly's freshest artists gathered to showcase their newest pieces, performances and tricked out experiments under the RAW Arts Collective. NextFab's own CreasePranaPopsart (aka Chris Prewitt) displayed pieces which reflect his signature, fractalized style and were executed with techniques he learned as a NextFab member.

We caught up with Chris after the show to talk fabrication techniques, his future goals, and navigating the fine line between waking life and the realm of the surreal.

NextFab Made: A Blog by Kid Hazo

Posted by admin

Jan 12, 2015 8:00:00 AM

A NextFab Guest Blog, by Kid Hazo

A few months ago, I was asked to compete in the Red Bull Canvas Cooler competition. Since I'm not your everyday artist, I decided to think outside the box on this challenge, literally. We were given a small cooler in the shape of a cube and asked to turn into our own, unique design. Since my street art work primarily works in 3D space I decided to transform this piece into a sculpture instead of sticking to flat 2D surface.


Topics: 3d, 3d-modeling, laser, artist, art, laser-cutter, NextFab Members

Call To Makers: NextFab's Pop Up Shop Wants You!

Posted by Angie Hilem

Dec 1, 2014 6:00:00 PM

Makers Can Make A Profit


Why not provide Philly with awesome handmade gifts for their loved ones and make some money at the same time? You can still apply to be a featured seller.

Topics: Pop Up Shop

An Instructable: Arduino Game Controller

Posted by Christine

Oct 30, 2014 9:00:00 AM

You, too, can control the side of a building! Or maybe just your own computer...the choice is yours.


Topics: 3d-printing, arduino, philly-tech-week, instructables

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."


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


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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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