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Reflecting On NextFab Build with InHabit's Jackie Gusic

Posted by Tracy McCarthy

Mar 13, 2014 3:46:42 PM

It's been one year since NextFab's grand opening of the 2025 Washington Avenue location, and it's been a wonderful adventure building and settling into our new home.

Snow Sculptures Remind You Why You Used To Love The Snow

Posted by Tracy McCarthy

Feb 18, 2014 3:26:22 PM

Everybody loves winter's first snowfall.  Those delicate white sprinkles cascading from the heavens makes even the most cynical east-coaster turn their head up to catch a flake on their nose.

Topics: NextFab Members, instructables

What's Kickin' at NextFab: Jalapeño Portable Beat Maker and Colour Modular Analog Saturator

Posted by Tracy McCarthy

Jan 21, 2014 9:00:00 AM

This year is off to an amazing start with the launch of two supercool Kickstarter projects that got a little help from the NextFab: John Hunchar's Jalapeño™, the portable device that mixes music in real-time; and Peterson Goodwyn's Colour Modular Analog Saturator, DIY audio recording equipment. 

Topics: kickstarter

"Conch Republic" Debuts at Sculpture Key West

Posted by Tracy McCarthy

Jan 3, 2014 10:52:00 AM

Contemporary visual artists Kate Kaman and Joel Erland are doing more in Key West this winter than looking for their lost shaker of salt.  They've managed to seamlessly blend art and technology into the serene Floridian landscape.

Topics: sculpture, NextFab Members

SPORE Takes Life at NextFab

Posted by Tracy McCarthy

Dec 23, 2013 5:03:55 PM

Jason Browne -- a Drexel senior, entrepreneur, and NextFab member -- has teamed up with staff to prototype Spore, a solar-powered battery charger.

Unearthing the Wonder of King Tut

Posted by Tracy McCarthy

Dec 4, 2013 10:55:00 AM

Upon his early death at age 18, King Tut was laid to rest in a small tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1323 BC.  The tomb was forgotten until Howard Carter and George Herbert made its magnificent discovery in 1922. Since then, only two larger-than-life statues honoring the young king have ever been recovered. One of the giant statues has been restored and remains at the Chicago Oriental Institute. The other, with the natural weathering and deterioration that comes with a millennium of existence, lives at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.


And now, a third large monument exists, due to the innovation, partnership, and ingenuity of Philadelphia-based sculptor and NextFab member Miguel Antonio Horn and with the help from our creative team.

Topics: shopbot-cnc, 3d-scanning

Due North: Philagrafika and NextFab Collab Points to the Future of Digital Printmaking

Posted by Tracy McCarthy

Nov 27, 2013 10:03:00 AM


In January, 2014, the Icebox Project Space will be hosting Due North, an international collaboration between American and Icelandic artists, realized by artist and curator Marianne Bernstein.

Topics: digital-fabrication, collaboration

Collaborative Projects Gain Traction: subTRACTION, Opening November 1st at Napoleon

Posted by Tracy McCarthy

Oct 28, 2013 2:26:00 PM

At NextFab, we have lots of cool tools. (Really, lots!) But our most valuable tool we offer our members is our network of like-minded makers, artists, and creatives. Having a multitude of perspectives right across the drawing table is the most effective way to foster individual and community-wide innovation.  So when we hear about projects like Traction Company's subTRACTION, we get that warm, fuzzy feeling that the kids are gonna be alright.


Topics: NextFab Members

NextFab Member Chris Landau Pays Homage to Buckminster Fuller in "Vector Equilibria"

Posted by Tracy McCarthy

Oct 17, 2013 10:39:00 AM

On October 19th and 20th from 7-9pm, Philadelphia artist, designer, and NextFab member Chris Landau will be projecting his abstract video installations entitled "Vector Equilibria" outside the University City Science Center on the east façade of 3440 Market Street.  It's all a part of the Knights Arts Grantee project "Animated Architecture" -- a festival of site-specific, indoor/outdoor video art events screened at various buildings around Philly.


A concept view for "Vector Equilibria"

Topics: video installation

FIGMENT Coming to West Philly on October 6!

Posted by Tracy McCarthy

Oct 3, 2013 8:36:00 AM


Topics: Philadelphia events


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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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