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Making a Tiny, 3D-Scanned Sculpture Larger Than Life

Posted by Anders Uhl

Jun 29, 2015 9:04:58 AM

Poseidon with Brandon Boulden

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.

Topics: 3d, nextengine, 3d-scanning, shopbot

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

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

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

3D Scanning

Posted by admin

Jul 31, 2011 4:00:00 PM

I just took the 3D Scanning class, featuring the NextEngine i2020 3D Laser Scanner.   Wow.   This is really cool.   While it’s not as easy as it appears in the Jay Leno’s Garage video on youtube (see here), it is pretty easy and extremely cool.   There is some work with the software that one must do to join scans; the technology is really invaluable for anything with complex curves such as organic items.   For our class, a reproduction of a Tiger’s claw was used.   You can imagine how difficult that would be to model in 3 dimensions without this tool.   

Topics: nextengine, 3d-scanning, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, nextfab


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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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