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Weekly Staff Picks, September 23, 2012

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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

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

**NextFab Logo Latte ART **

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Mar 10, 2012 12:00:00 PM

Thank you David from Good Karma Cafe!! We collaborated on creating a latte art of our NextFab logo. The logo came out so nicely. Plus, it was fun!! I am so pleased with the result. This was a bit more tricky than I thought it would be… It took a few tries to get it to work.



Here is the trick. We laser cut the stencil with our Trotec 500. We tweaked our logo so it can be cut in to a stencil without losing elements. With stencils, you cannot have free floating elements (or they won’t stay on). You have to make sure all the elements are connected.



We used cinnamon powder to sprinkle over the stencil to get the image. You can also do this with other powder toppings like cocoa powder, nutmeg, etc…One thing you should know is that the surface of the froth should be as close to the top of the cup as possible without touching the stencil to get the most detail and clean edges.



Voila!! Thanks to all the staff at Good Karma for helping me out with this. I’m really happy with the result. I can’t wait to do other images!

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Topics: cafe, coffee, stencil, trotecspeedy500, Uncategorized, latte, logo, trotec, nextfab, art, good-karma, nextfaf-studio, david, latte-art

Digital Embroidery Workshop with Artist Shelley Spector

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Oct 11, 2011 4:54:00 PM



Since May of this year, Philadelphia sculptor, Shelley Spector has been Breadboard’s Artist in Residence at NextFab Studio. Using fabric cut from secondhand clothing and wood cast off from NextFab’s commercial projects, she has developed a colorful new body of work of digitally embroidered images in laser cut frames.


These new works, which will be featured in an upcoming solo exhibition at the Esther Klein Gallery beginning February 2012, are the inspiration for a public workshop, which will take place on Saturday, October 29th from 1-4PM at NextFab Studio, 3711 Market Street, Philadelphia.


Workshop participants will get to work side by side with Spector to create a piece using the digital sewing machine, (affectionately named Gwen) and the laser cutter (also known as Speedy). Each participant will get a take away piece of art designed by Spector that they will fabricate under the supervision of the artist and NextFab’s tech experts.


This free workshop includes a preview of Spector’s newest work and a tour of NextFab’s state of the art facilities. It is open to all on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is necessary - space is limited.


Spector is an artist, curator, editor and teacher. She has been working for more than 20 years, creating works of various media that most recently explore themes of money, relationships, tools of measurement and the environment. Her work has been exhibited at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Gallery Joe, Fleisher Art Memorial Challenge Exhibition and The Print Center in Philadelphia, PA, and Delaware Center For Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, DE. She is represented by the Bridgette Mayer Gallery, where she has an upcoming show in January 2013.

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Topics: workshop, project, sewing, philadelphia, laser, Uncategorized, breadboard, nextfab, art, laser-cutter, embroidery, fabrication, tech

Weekly Staff Picks, September 25, 2011

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Sep 25, 2011 10:18:00 AM

Here are our Staff Picks for the Week of September 25th, we hope you enjoy them.


Building a Wimhurst Influence Machine from MAKE: Magazine, how to make a Wimshurst Influence Machine which is a late 19th century electrical generator.   -Gregg


Junk Culture is a cool site about using old tires for artistic purposes.   -Brandon


This is Colossal is a blog mixing art, design and physical craft that I recently discovered and absolutely LOVE!   -Rachel


Electric Vehicle TV Detailed instructions on converting internal combustion cars in to electric cars, including vintage sports cars, SUV’s.   -Evan


Speed of Light under scrutiny at CERN   I found an article last night that really caught my attention and I wanted to share it with some fellow science lovers. The article claims that the speed of light has been surpassed by subatomic particles. It hasn’t really been confirmed yet, but I still thought it was pretty cool.   -Matt

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Topics: art-blog, spped-of-light, Uncategorized, wimhurst, electric-generator, electric-vehicles, art, science, electric-cars

    

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