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Motivated Millenial Makes the Case for Charity

Posted by Anders Uhl

Jul 15, 2016 2:22:47 PM


NextFab member Kurt van Mol was frustrated at his job as an electrical engineer. The company that he worked for left little room for the growth that he was seeking. Financially, the company was on shaky ground and as payroll fell further and further behind, van Mol decided to do some soul searching. The result: a charitable start-up called Donor Dotz.

New American Public Art Enchants Camden With "Ourself" (Pt.1)

Posted by Anders Uhl

Jul 5, 2016 2:03:59 PM

napa_title.jpgNew American Public Art (NAPA) is a multidisciplinary design-build studio working at the forefront of public space and art. Their new project, entitled "Ourself", is currently transforming public space in Camden, NJ. Light, sound and microcomputers all come together in two beautiful interactive sculptures in this site specific, life affirming project.

NextFab Sculpts Adaptable Affection for Visit Philadelphia

Posted by Anders Uhl

Jun 22, 2016 11:38:51 AM


xotitlered.jpgYou've probably seen the billboards, "With Love, Philadelphia, XOXO," part of a campaign for 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.

Topics: shopbot, woodwork

Noria is cool.

Posted by Laate Olukotun

Jun 1, 2016 5:44:39 PM


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.

Topics: 3d, kickstarter, Resident Companies, Incubator,, crowdfunding

BenShot Builds Family Business With NextFab Support

Posted by Anders Uhl

May 31, 2016 10:46:37 AM

glass work


Engineer and entrepreneur Ben Wolfgram teamed up with his artisan parents to create a fun new business that encompasses both of their passions.

Topics: laser

Olive Devices: Creating Superpowers for Disabilites

Posted by Anders Uhl

May 18, 2016 9:58:23 AM


Topics: 3d, laser

Mayor Kenney gets excited about NextFab

Posted by Marcelle Rice

May 4, 2016 3:14:30 PM

kenney_crop.jpgPhoto 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.

Topics: tour, mayor visit

Emerging Makers: Students, Schools and Post-Grads Make the Most of NextFab

Posted by Anders Uhl

May 3, 2016 10:47:37 AM


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.

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


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