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Cut Copy's New 3D Printed Music Video: Powered by NextFab.

Posted by Yulia Novozhilova

Feb 24, 2014 5:47:00 PM

The Australian electronic band Cut Copy has teamed up with Party, a Tokyo- and New York-based creative company, to use cutting edge technology to make an unforgettable music video for their new single, “We Are Explorers.”

NextFab’s Chris Thompson and Brandon Boulden helped the creative vision become a reality, providing technical support and stellar 3D printing for this innovative project. The figurines used in the stop-motion animation for the video were printed by Chris and Brandon on our Stratasys Dimension SST 1200es with UV-fluorescent filament. The video was shot under blacklight over the course of 6 nights on the streets of Los Angeles.

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Topics: 3d-printing, Creators Project

Join the Shovelution: From a Rapid Prototype to Shark Tank

Posted by admin

May 3, 2013 10:11:00 AM

We’re eight days from the ABC Shark Tank talent search!


In a little over a week NextFab will be teeming with inventors, entrepreneurs, and creators all vying for a chance to be on the hit television show Shark Tank.


We had our first of two Shark Tank related events this past Tuesday. We offered entrepreneurs a chance to test their elevator pitch to a panel of celebrity business experts from Wharton Business School, Philly StartUp Leaders, and IP / Business law specialists. Each presenter was given valuable feedback on business stategy, financing, and negotiation.


NextFab member Howie Rosenshine participated in this event and presented his ingenious Shovelution! Howie was gracious enough to speak to us about his experience in front of the mock sharks.


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1. How was your experience overall at the mock Shark Tank event?


There is no substitute for standing in front of real live stone faced strangers while trying to pitch your idea, particularly if you don’t do this sort of thing often.  So that was quite valuable for me.


2. Do you feel prepared to give your big pitch on May 11th?


Not really, but I certainly do need to practice loosening up and probably speaking up as well.


3. What advice can you share with other presenters?


You should always present ideas, bullets, whatever in groups of three, because people remember best in groups of three.  If you have sub items, then arrange them in groups of three as well, etc.


This may take some practice, but it is worth it.  It is a simple and effective communications technique.


Remember, three only.


4. How did your idea evolve from shovel to shovelution?


The patent for my auxiliary handle for a shovel was issued in 1995, and it took about a year for the patent office to process it before issuing it.  And I certainly spent a number of years during the process of invention and creating and submitting the patent application. I can’t remember how many exactly…my memory isn’t what it never was.


5. What part did NextFab play in the development of your prototype and finished item?


Before NextFab, I knew nothing about 3D CAD, 3D printing or injection molding.  


Tomorrow, I am having 2000 custom injection molded pieces delivered for the Shovelution.  I did the CAD for those pieces, the 3D printing of the various prototypes on the Stratasys and the modifications necessary for a successful mold run (first try).


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6. On a scale of 1 to 10 how nervous are you for the 11th?


I’m pretty nervous, typically.


7. On a scale of 1 to 10 how excited are you for the 11th?


I don’t get excited, typically.


8. Any last tips, tricks, or pointers you can share?


Sure, you know how they say you should picture your audience naked to stop from being nervous during your presentation.  Well let’s say there are 3 people you are presenting to for the Shark tank pitch.  If you take even 10 seconds for each judge/listener you’ve already blown 1/2 of your allotted time.


So my advice is to skip the naked reconstruction, and use the full 60 seconds for your pitch.


You can always linger afterwards.


Also, can you give us a little bio on you. What makes Howie tick! I mean besides the fact you’re hilariously funny.


I have undergraduate and graduate degrees, in Molecular Biology and Computer Science, from Penn State and Penn, respectively.   I spent much of my career at Sun Microsystems (which was purchased by Oracle a few years back) as a software and/or systems engineer, until Oracle decided that I needed a change of scenery.


At heart I am a problem solver.  It feels the same to me whether I’m solving a software problem, a hardware problem, a mechanical problem etc.  That’s not to say I’m equally good at all of them, or in fact to imply that I’m any good at any of them at all. But that is how I perceive the world.


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Topics: philadelphia, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, nextfab-studio, injection-molding, 3d-cad, shark-tank, rapid-prototype, rapid-prototyping

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Apr 27, 2013 2:25:36 PM

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NextFab/ Evan Malone on 6abc!


3D printing is a new technology promising to revolutionize how we get products and the Delaware Valley is becoming a hotbed for it.”

Topics: philadelphia-phl-upenn, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, nextfab-studio

Weekly Staff Picks, November 4, 2012

Posted by admin

Nov 4, 2012 1:24:19 PM

Topics: simulation, nfs, solar-power, alternative-fuel, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, audio, super-computer, augmented-reality, nextfab, microcontroller, disney

Weekly Staff Picks, September 23, 2012

Posted by admin

Sep 23, 2012 1:18:46 PM

Here are our Staff Picks for this week.   Aviation, Art, Crocheting, 3D Printing and Woodworking are what we have for today.   We hope you enjoy them!




Reuters   Jet aircraft running on sawdust or straw?   Sustainable fuel for Turbine and Jet powered vehicles. - Gregg

treehugger   A crocheted playground! - Brandon

Cargocollective   Lots of cool concept art by Scott Robertson (see also: Design Studio Press). - Alex

core77   CNC milled and 3D printed Fisher Price records. - Christine

Inspir3d   Is it melting wood? - Brandon

Topics: nfs, crochet, sustainable-fuel, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, woodworking, cnc-milling, nextfab, art, aviation

Weekly Staff Picks, July 8, 2012

Posted by admin

Jul 11, 2012 11:06:57 AM


Here are our Staff Picks for this week.   CNC woodworking, art and robotics merge, 3D printing, metal casting and laser cutting fill this week’s picks.   We hope you’ll enjoy them.



Wood Joinery Notebook   Very interesting article about CNC wood joinery. - Gregg



The Art of Curve Folding and Robotic Manufacturing   Two robot arms working together to fold sheet metal to make a very cool wall facade. - Alex



Portable 3D Printer   This kickstarter is for a 3D printer with a 100mm ^3 build envelope.   The designer has proved that he can successfully print 10 micron thick layers in PLA, although the machine can increment its z-height in 0.4 micron steps.   Another useful feature is the fast print head motion (it’s capable of 300mm/sec). - Alex



Metal Molding in the South of Brazil   Interesting story about various types of metal casting in the southern region of Brazil. - Yulia



The Lasersaur is an open source laser cutter. - Alex

Topics: nfs, 3d-printing, robotics, open-source, Uncategorized, woodworking, metal-casting, laser-cutting, nextfab, metal-folding, joinery, cnc

Our 3D Printer Workshop Instructor Jordan Miller on BBC

Posted by admin

Jul 5, 2012 4:25:00 PM


Jordan Miller, Ph.D., one of the instructors of the Build-Your-Own-3D printer workshop shared a great news with us. Recently his research has been featured in various media including BBC and LA Times. His study involves growing artificial human organs using 3D printing technology. 



The picture above is the 3D printer he uses in his lab for his experiments, and it’s in fact the same 3D printer he will be teaching later this month how to build, tune, and print!


For more info on the workshop, please visit HERE. Still a few seats left! 


http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-18677627



http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/penn-researchers-improve-living-tissues-3d-printed-vascular-networks-made-sugar



Topics: jordan-miller, 3d-modeling, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, bbc, nextfab, la-times, upenn, diy

Weekly Staff Picks June 10, 2012

Posted by admin

Jun 10, 2012 10:11:44 AM


Here are our Weekly Staff Picks for this week.




3D Scan Your Head and use it as a Chess Piece   An example of using the new technology for 3D scanning by Autodesk 123D. - WanTing



Tim Cook’s US Manufacturing Reality Distortion Field   Interesting article discussing whether Apple can’t (or won’t) do more manufacturing in the US. Normally, people cite China’s subsidized labor wages and favorable tax policies are cited as the major reasons, but the author make some convincing counter-examples:


I’ll leave the subject with one last counter-argument to this tale of how woefully inadequate US manufacturing is to the task.   Take a look at Germany.   By all accounts it should be far less competitive than the US in manufacturing.   Taxes are worse.  Regulations are worse.  Wages are higher.  Yet, Germany’s manufacturing economy thrives.” - Alex



Mechanical Principles (1930) by Ralph Steiner   It’s like the movie Metropolis, but with gears! - Seth



Roominate: Make It Yours   Customizable dollhouse toy for lil’ gals. - Christine



Tron News   Listen to two full albums of Draft Punk songs, remixed as Nintendo soundtracks. - Brandon

Topics: nfs, mechanical-principles, 3d-scanning, apple, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, nintendo, dollhouse, nextfab, tim-cook, mechanisms, chess

Weekly Staff Picks May 27, 2012

Posted by admin

May 27, 2012 10:20:00 AM

Here are our Staff Picks for this week.   Sciences and art converge again.   


Bio Computer   Using a PC’s waist heat to help wheatgrass germinate.   Thinking inside the box. - Gregg


Superplastic Forming Aluminum   Short video showing a process called superplastic forming - in this case of aluminum.   Essentially, the material is heated to a high temperature, allowing it to be formed with methods typically used on plastics.   In the video, the aluminum sheet is heated to about 900F before being formed over a tooling die.   The pressure is applied from above with a bladder filled with compressed nitrogen. - Alex


FreshFiber   Really cool iPhone/iPad cases. All the products are 3D printed in Nylon, allowing for personalizations like including your name. - Alex


f.lux   Software to help you feel comfortable in front of your computer. - Brandon

Topics: horticulture, nfs, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, superplastic, software, nextfab, metal-forming

Build-Your-Own-3D-Printer Workshop

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May 21, 2012 6:29:00 PM

Want your own desktop 3D printer? We will give you a kit + teach you how to put it together, tune it, and to print parts! 



2-days workshop : 7/28-29, 8/11-12, or 8/25-26 (SAT&SUN)


SPACE LIMITED. Reserve your seats now!


In this class, you will be building a MendelMax 1.5, the most advanced version of the RepRap 3D printer. Since many parts of the RepRap are made from plastic, they can be printed on a RepRap, meaning the RepRap self-replicates by making a kit of itself - a kit that anyone can assemble given time and some additional materials. It also means that - if you’ve got a RepRap - not only you can print out all sorts of fun stuff, you can also print all the plastic parts needed to make another RepRap for a friend, or use the knowledge to fix it, repair it, and 3D-print upgrades!!


PLUS: each 3D printer will come with a free licence of MOI v2, easy to use 3D modeling software. (a $295 value


We CARE about quality: we have built many 3D printer kits, and have concluded that this is the BEST value currently available, in terms of price, build volume, rigidity, precision. Each class will be limited to 7 kits to ensure everyone gets the attention you need.


All of our instructors from Hive76 have been working in this field since the beginning. We are passionate about 3D printing and commited to spreading the knowledge to everyone! 


During this class, you will build it, tune it, learn the software, and test print, all in one workshop! At the end of the workshop, you will walk out the door with a working 3D printer!  It’s a pretty time/labor intensive process, so get yourself ready! 


Day 1 : 10:00AM - 1:00PM Assembling Hardware 


            (Break: Lunch provided) 


            1:30PM - 9:00PM  Wiring Electronics


Day 2 : 10:00AM - 1:00PM  Software + Machine Tuning


            (Break: Lunch provided) 


            1:30PM - 8:00PM   3D Printing 


What to bring: 


- A laptop + powercord (OS X 10.6+ and Ubuntu 11.04+ are recommended for robotics control and 3D printing. Windows should work but due to the variability in Windows systems you may have some hurdles to getting the proper software installed. You will need Python v2.7+, the Arduino environment, and a few other bits.)


- Enthusiasm and a passion for learning and helping others learn.


- Bring your friends! (3 Students MAX per kit):  Bring a friend, a parent, your kids, anyone else you want to help you build your kit and learn all of its inner workings and how to fix it!


For more information please email itsuki.ogihara@nextfabstudio.com


About the instructors:



Jordan is a founding member of Hive76 in Philadelphia and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. His research in the department of Bioengineering combines chemistry and rapid prototyping to direct cultured human cells to form more complex organizations of living vessels and tissues. Jordan has been in the 3D maker community since the beginning. He developed the MakerBot heated build platform at Hive76 and uses his MendelMax every day in the lab for biomedical research.


Christopher Thompson


Chris is a designer and digital artist in Philadelphia and a member of Hive76. He produces Creative Commons Licensed, digitally generated art and has designed and produced a few products such as the Math Clock and Meatcards. Chris is also a 3D printing aficionado and co-developed a new hobbed bolt for RepRap extruders which you will get as part of your MendelMax 1.5 Kit!


Topics: workshop, desktop, mendel, 3d-printing, reprap, opensource, Uncategorized, kit, mendelmax, hive76, nextfab

    

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