May 15, 2015 5:09:30 PM
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Oct 14, 2014 1:17:02 PM
Last 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.
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."
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!
Sep 30, 2014 2:55:00 PM
Steelborn Choppers makes motorcycles. Glorious, hand-built, one-of-a-kind motorcycles. Operating out of Brooklyn, NY, the company gives intense attention to details of each bike:
Steelborn Choppers are rolling metal creations powered by American V twin engines.
Hours of dedication are spent to design and then to precisely fabricate & refine each part.
Absolutely no compromises are made when it comes to quality and the length of time it takes for each build.
It's all "one part at a time, one bike at a time" with a "total hands-on" philosophy that goes into the craft of each individual custom bike. (via)