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Intro to Jewelry at North Fourth Supports PAWS

Posted by Anders Uhl

Nov 25, 2015 1:25:26 PM


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.

2D: Photo Scanning and Printing at NextFab

Posted by Anders Uhl

Oct 5, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Theatrical Debut

September 16th marked the opening of a solo exhibit of my photography in Santa Fe, NM. The photography on display was photographed between 2009 and 2015 and representative of my travels to Haiti, Africa, India, Nepal, Tibet and throughout the United States during that time period.

While my cinematic work had been shown theatrically (I am a film maker by profession), this was the first display of my still photography in a theater, The Jean Cocteau Cinema, an art house theater owned and recently re-opened by "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin.

Topics: 2d

The Jig is Up: Our Intern Created 3D-printable Jigs for Startup

Posted by Laate Olukotun

Sep 29, 2015 10:30:00 AM

In the Summer of 2015, an intern named Wei Zhen Li joined the young team of engineers and project managers working at a little startup called ConnectDER.

It’s unusual for a summer intern to have a lasting impact on a company, particularly one that's working at a break-neck speed to affect the course of America's energy grid, even more so when that intern is fresh out of high school.

Topics: intern, solidworks, jigs

Geeking Out: How We Made the 2015 Geekadelphia Trophies

Posted by Anders Uhl

Sep 10, 2015 11:50:04 AM


"I knew the minute I held this award that it wasn't going to be just a piece of decoration for my room (although, it does look awesome with the lights and all). It would demand responsibility." - Ather Sharif, 2015 Geek of the Year

Topics: electronics, 3d, 2d, design, shopbot, corian

Itzik Lorant's Work Chosen for Math Art Show

Posted by Anders Uhl

Aug 25, 2015 9:30:00 AM


NextFab member Itzik Lorant's complex, three-dimensional sculptural luminaires utilize wood, metal, plastic, textiles and light to create dynamic visual patterns. Playing with light, shadow, shape, and material, they are a unique blend of mechanical detail and artistic expression. Lorant's striking pieces get noticed; Lorant was recently chosen as an exhibitor in the 2015 Bridges Math Art International Conference, held in Baltimore, Maryland at the end of July. 

The Thrill of Invention

Posted by Anders Uhl

Aug 19, 2015 10:38:00 AM


Designer/Builder Jesse Frome uses mechanical engineering to build unique, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces with organic, biomorphic forms. Getting his business off of the ground has involved building mechanical jigs for NextFab's tools in order to rapidly prototype his designs. And Frome has accelerated his iterations by receiving feedback from the vast network of expertise in the NextFab community of staff, members and residents.

Topics: nfs

"It was just an idea until I came to NextFab!"

Posted by Anders Uhl

Aug 11, 2015 10:30:00 AM


Simone Spicer is a Philadelphia-based painter and sculptor, who, after twenty years of working as a paint contractor, saw a problem that was ready for a solution. "I have always wanted someone to invent a stand for a wet paint roller, just so I could free up my hands on the job. Finally it was the right time for me to invent one myself!" Simone quickly found that having a great idea required great determination in order to have a great product.

Topics: 3d, contract


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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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