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Winter Workshop: Showflake Arduino Delights

Posted by Anders Uhl

Dec 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM

 ShowFlake_title_final.jpgNextFab seasonal workshops are a fun way to learn new skills and come away with a great gift for yourself or someone else. The recent “Showflake”  Winter Workshop is a great example. Check out this unique tech decoration designed by Electronics Manager, Matt Garfield.

Topics: arduino

Junior Member Sidharta Vadaparty and His Killer Kinemeter

Posted by Anders Uhl

Jan 11, 2016 10:04:50 AM


9th grade student Sidharta "Sid" Vadaparty was dissatisfied with the accelerometer available in his high school physics class. He decided to make his own "portable, affordable and mod-able" version. With his bright mind, supportive father and a little help from NextFab, the open source Kinemeter was born. Here we profile Sid and his exciting new project.

Topics: laser, arduino

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.


Topics: 3d-printing, arduino, philly-tech-week, instructables

An Instructable: Arduino-Powered LED Clock

Posted by Christine

Aug 22, 2014 10:51:32 AM


On Tuesday, NextFab utilized LED lights provided by Instructables to build clocks! Ten participants had the opportunity to come and build their own Arduino-powered clocks.

Topics: arduino, instructables

Weekly Staff Picks, July 22, 2012

Posted by admin

Jul 22, 2012 9:44:42 AM

Here are our staff picks for this week. We have Science and the Arts covered with 3D printing, green automotive, Maker Movement, Arduino and general electronics. We hope you enjoy them!

The Roopod   A home made vehicle that’s street legal and gets 78 mpg. - Gregg

Friction welding   Very hot stuff.   This shows the power of friction. - Matt

CNN Idea Series   What if you could make anything you wanted? - Gregg

The Diyode Board is designed to assist beginners to the Arduino platform. - Gregg   This is a good site for electronics hobbyists. - Gregg  

Topics: electronics, nfs, alternative-engery, arduino, maker, Uncategorized, automotive, nextfab, welding, microcontroller

E-Textile Class 2/18-19 by Christine & Ross

Posted by admin

Feb 21, 2012 4:54:00 PM

Thank you everyone for attending the E-Textile class! We covered a LOT of material. I personally found this class so exciting! I loved the idea of technology and fashion coming together in one form.

Here I would like to share a couple of things covered in the class…

To start, we covered basic electronics to make sure everyone was on the same page, and then we jumped into creating “SOFT” circuits. We “sewed” the circuit using conductive thread and conductive fabric—they are made with a base material such as cotton or polyester, and various conductive metals (copper, silver etc…). During the class, we all got a chance to create a simple LED lighting circuit with a switch built in, all made out of “soft” materials.

It worked!! Yay!!

The second part of this class was to learn Arduino. Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. It is becoming very popular among tech enthusiasts and the DIY/maker community.

In this class, we used the Lilypad which is a microcontroller board designed for wearables and e-textiles. It can be sewn to fabric and similarly connected to power supplies, sensors and actuators with conductive thread.

We got to program the Lilypad to turn on the LEDs. Everyone brought in their own projects they are currently working on. That was fantastic.

Great work, folks!! We would love to hear about the projects you are working on using the techniques and knowledge you learned from the class. Please send us some updates. If you have any questions regarding what you learned in the class or related to any projects you are currently working on, we would love to help. Please feel free to contact us.

Topics: electronics, lilypad, arduino, Uncategorized, nextbad-studio, nextfab, led, fashion, e-textile

E-Textiles Workshop

Posted by admin

Nov 26, 2011 11:46:47 AM

We live in a world where you can order groceries to your doorstep, know what your friend in Taiwan is up to… and wear your electronics!

Want to learn about the world of e-textiles and start your own high-tech wardrobe?

Inspired by Leah Buechley, inventor of the Lilypad Arduino and director of MIT’s High-Low Tech research group, we are hosting a 2-day workshop that will teach you everything you need to know in order to make your own wearable electronics!

  • Day One, 12/10, 1:00PM - 5:00PM: We will learn about e-textiles materials and methods including: soft circuits, power, voltage, resistance, hand-sewing vs. machine sewing, conductive fabric, conductive thread, sewing LEDs, switches, sensors, plus examples of what you can do with these tools!

  • Day Two, 12/11, 1:00PM - 5:00PM: We will start with an intro to programming with Lilypad Arduino, and then we will work on individual projects. 

Find out more information and register here: E-Textiles 101.

Topics: workshop, electronics, e-textiles, lilypad, conductive-fabric, lilypad-arduino, arduino, Uncategorized, nextfab-studio, leah-buechley, e-textiles-workshop, wearable-electronics, nextfab, textiles, high-low-tech

Weekly Staff Picks, September 18th

Posted by admin

Sep 18, 2011 5:47:00 PM

Here are our Staff Picks for the Week of September 18th, we hope you enjoy them.   We run from artistic to career advancing this week.  

Arduino Arts is an good Arduino beginner’s site I found while researching other Arduino projects.   There are links to tutorials and more.   It’s a relatively new site and has been expanding quickly.   -Gregg

Writing on the wall with der Kritzler (Kritzler is German for Scribbler) is about a cool machine that draws on windows.   -Alex

Bronze Tangle Process - An artist describes his process for casting “tangles” out of bronze.   The process involves 3D printing an investment casting which is then burned away to make the cavity for the bronze.   -Alex

FREE Course: How to Succeed as a Creative Professional.   It’s a 25-week program designed to equip you with the creative and professional skills you need to succeed in your chosen career path – whether you’re an employee, freelancer or creative entrepreneur.   -Yulia

Topics: career-building, 3d-printing, education, arduino, tutorials, artist, Uncategorized, make-magazine, kickstarter

Laundry Notification by Arduino

Posted by admin

Aug 8, 2011 10:07:00 AM

This had to happen sooner or later.   Fixing and improving the timer on a laundry washing machine using an Arduino.   Read more about it here.   Here’s a link to how he did it.   It’s probably less expensive than a repair call.   


Topics: arduino, Uncategorized

Arduino Development Kit for iPhone

Posted by admin

Aug 4, 2011 6:42:00 PM

Redpark Breakout Pack

MakerSHED has released an Arduino Development Kit for the iPhone.   Read more about it here.   This is cool.   It comes with a Dock Connector to Serial Port Cable!   It is out of stock now, but you can get notified when it is back in stock or get just the cable here.

08/07/11 It looks like this is back in stock at MakerSHED.

Topics: iphone, arduino, Uncategorized, hacking


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