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Studio Profile: Cody Heller, Jeweler

Posted by Anders Uhl

Jan 13, 2017 10:00:39 AM

NextFab member Cody Heller is a jeweler working out of the North Fourth jewelry studio and a great example of a member who maximizes the potential of his membership.

Topics: jewelry

NextFab's "Studio for Innovators"

Posted by Todor Raykov

Dec 23, 2016 10:25:00 AM


NextFab’s membership consists of more than 700 members and is supported by a 35-person staff with a stunningly diverse skillset, including woodworkers, metalworkers, designers, electrical and mechanical engineers, marketers, and, of course, an InBIA Certified Incubation Manager. The organization prides itself on being an integral part of Philadelphia’s booming startup ecosystem.

Winter Workshop: Seasonal Candle Holder

Posted by Anders Uhl

Dec 20, 2016 10:24:30 AM

,holiday_metal_title1.jpgNextFab seasonal workshops are a fun way to learn new skills and come away with a great gift for yourself or someone else. The recent Candle Holder Winter Workshop is a great example. Check out these beautiful candle holders designed by metal shop supervisor, Matt Watson.

Topics: metal-forming

Winter Workshop: Showflake Arduino Delights

Posted by Anders Uhl

Dec 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM

 ShowFlake_title_final.jpgNextFab seasonal workshops are a fun way to learn new skills and come away with a great gift for yourself or someone else. The recent “Showflake”  Winter Workshop is a great example. Check out this unique tech decoration designed by Electronics Manager, Matt Garfield.

Topics: arduino

Ryan Hyde: Resident Luthier

Posted by Anders Uhl

Nov 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM


I first met Ryan Hyde when he was a NextFab staff member, working in the wood shop at 2025 Washington Avenue. His enthusiasm and positivity were immediately contagious. One day in the shop Ryan called me over to check out a project that he had just finished, an electric ukulele. My first impression was that it was a really charming novelty but as soon as he plugged it into a mini amp I was thunderstruck! The ukulele rocked. This lead to the electric ukulele class that Hyde now teaches at NextFab.

Design Profile: Ric Allison and The Poetic Moment

Posted by Anders Uhl

Oct 28, 2016 12:07:49 PM


When I first met Ric Allison, he was quietly working in the metal shop (as quietly as one can work in a metal shop). I introduced myself, he briefly glanced up, politely said hello and got back to work. Nose to the grindstone. Watching Ric’s work develop I realized why he was so diligent, or rather what that diligence was able to manifest. The beauty of both the design and craft of his work can be startling. There is a bold, almost futuristic, biodynamic aspect in his pieces, but it also echos a past that revered craftsmanship and detail. His hand is always evident in his work, even if it is subtly betrayed by precision.

Topics: design

"The Magical Pumpkin Machine"

Posted by Anders Uhl

Oct 18, 2016 10:28:21 AM

mrpumpkin_title.jpgThere is a legend that haunts the halls of 2025 Washington Avenue, the legend of a man and a machine with diabolical designs of gutting a thousand pumpkins this Halloween.

Jessie Garcia Uses Her Head to Save Lives

Posted by Anders Uhl

Sep 30, 2016 1:33:28 PM

tozuda_title.jpg“I’ve always been a hardheaded person,” jokes Jessie Garcia, founder of Tozuda, a start-up company developing head injury prevention products. This hardheadedness has lead to the development of a life saving product.

Design-Build Studio Enchants Camden With "Ourself" (Pt.3)

Posted by Anders Uhl

Sep 15, 2016 12:53:04 PM

napa3_title.jpgNew American Public Art (NAPA) is a multidisciplinary design-build studio working at the forefront of public space and art. This is the third in a three part series, covering the construction phase of the "Ourself" project. Pt.1 can be read here.

NextFab's RAPID launches to super-charge your startup!

Posted by Anders Uhl

Aug 26, 2016 4:03:51 PM

RAPID_title_2.jpgNeed a quick push to get your product developed and and your business moving forward? NextFab’s RAPID hardware accelerator (Revenue Through Advanced Manufacturing, Product Development, Innovation, and Design Thinking) is here to help. Join four other founders and accelerate your business today!

Topics: Incubator,, Startup


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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 Numeric Controlled (CNC) machinery, innovation and imagination.



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