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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.

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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

3D Printing David Pogue's Face

Posted by Angie Hilem

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!

 

 

Topics: 3d-modeling, 3d-scanning, 3d-printing, shopbot, cnc, Video

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

    

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