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.
"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
Shemar Coombs took an entrepeneurship class in his senior year of high school. This brought him through the doors at NextFab and eventually to New York City for the national 2015 Network for Teaching Entrepeneurship Challenge semi-finals.
"I knew the minute I held this award that it wasn't going to be just a piece of decoration for my room (although, it does look awesome with the lights and all). It would demand responsibility." - Ather Sharif, 2015 Geek of the Year
Simone Spicer is a Philadelphia-based painter and sculptor, who, after twenty years of working as a paint contractor, saw a problem that was ready for a solution. "I have always wanted someone to invent a stand for a wet paint roller, just so I could free up my hands on the job. Finally it was the right time for me to invent one myself!" Simone quickly found that having a great idea required great determination in order to have a great product.
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.
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.
I’m here at the 2010 Rapid Conference in Disneyland Anaheim and enjoying every minute. There wasn’t much time to hang out with Mickey but a lot to be learned about 3D printing/ Additive Manufacturing (AM). The term rapid prototyping has been a term used in the past but that has now been replaces by AM because it’s not just for prototypes anymore. We are starting to make functional parts for real world applications. The end goal is to be able print metals and plastics that come out of these “magic” machines and end up in the consumers hands. You may have seen this technology in Star Trek years ago but it will soon be a reality and a part of everybodies daily life. There is a wide range of industries advancing these various technologies including medical, automotive, and entertainment (to name a few). They each have their own drive and specialty materials but they all speak the same language and share the knowledge for the great good.
Rapid advancements are being made everyday and parts that once looked like a blocky Teris game in your hand are now organic shapes with printed layers measured in microns. It has a great opportunity to see the new products, machine, and materials first hand and pick the brains of the creators as well as getting feedback from beta tested professionals. There was a lot to see and many samples to examine but here are a few item of personal interest.
Object- Printing plastics & rubber… TOGETHER!
Open source 3D materials
Direct Metal Parts
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