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Skate Park Meets Conceptual Art

Posted by Anders Uhl

Jul 24, 2015 10:11:01 AM


 If you've passed by Paine's Park recently you have likely noticed the two large gray structures that have taken residence there. The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program's outdoor exhibition  Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space, comissioned British artist Jonathan Monk to create the two skateable sculptures. The sculptures reference artist Sol Lewitt's installations in the nearby Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden, Pyramid  and Steps.

Topics: shopbot

Making Superfine Tables

Posted by Anders Uhl

Jul 21, 2015 10:30:00 AM


Artist Maury Superfine builds beautiful wooden tables. In fact his tables are so good-looking that we asked him to build a series of tables for our second floor common area at the Washington Avenue location. 

Topics: woodworking, Member Project

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 5:09:00 PM


When is the last time you were in the middle of a project and found yourself thinking, “This sure would get done quicker if I had a third hand?”

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


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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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