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Steelborn Choppers: Waterjet-Cut Brake Rotors

Posted by Christine

Sep 30, 2014 2:55:00 PM



Steelborn Choppers makes motorcycles. Glorious, hand-built, one-of-a-kind motorcycles. Operating out of Brooklyn, NY, the company gives intense attention to details of each bike:

Steelborn Choppers are rolling metal creations powered by American V twin engines.
Hours of dedication are spent to design and then to precisely fabricate & refine each part.
Absolutely no compromises are made when it comes to quality and the length of time it takes for each build.
It's all "one part at a time, one bike at a time" with a "total hands-on" philosophy that goes into the craft of each individual custom bike. (via)

Topics: adobe-illustrator, 2d, waterjet, cad, 2012, nextfab, digital-fabrication, fabrication, custom-fabrication, choppers, Steelborn Choppers

NextFab designs and fabricates Custom Trophy for 2013 MLU Championship Game

Posted by admin

Jul 18, 2013 2:30:00 PM

Nic Darling, the Executive VP of Major League Ultimate (MLU), reached out to NextFab Studio to design and build a trophy to award the winner of the 2013 MLU Championship Game. Nic then met with Tom Welsh, the leader of the contract services team and ironed out the budget and schedule. Just a few weeks later, NextFab produced a trophy that could hold its own next to trophies like the Stanley Cup or NFL Championship trophy.  

Similar to many of NextFab’s custom design jobs, the process was divided into a conceptual phase, followed by a detailed design and fabrication phase. Drawing from within NextFab’s team of designers, several conceptual designs were created, and Edwin Rivera, NextFab’s Industrial Designer, gave them life with a set of sketches.  Just a few days later, Nic chose his favorite design, and the team set down the path of making it a reality. The trophy includes a section that has the entire team members’ names engraved.  The design allows for an additional section to be inserted each year for the winning team.

The trophy is a full size engraved polished aluminum disc atop a pair of crossed arcs.  The arcs were cut on NextFab’s Flow water jet and the disc was turned on our Haas CNC lathe.  Engraving would be done on the Shopbot CNC router.  Finishing included welding, grinding, sanding, and polishing operations. After the final assembly of the trophy onto a custom wooden base, it was ready. 

Nic picked up the finished trophy to present at the championship. During the championship game, Tom tuned in to the broadcast to watch the game and see the awards ceremony. Tom said, “Seeing the the trophy being handed to the winning players who were gushing with pride in front of the cheering crowd was an emotional experience.  It made me proud to be a part of NextFab.”





Photos from the game day, by Sean Carpenter.

Topics: Uncategorized, trophy, nextfab, custom-fabrication

Project Highlights: Recycled material coffee table

Posted by admin

Jun 8, 2013 8:26:00 AM

Hello everyone!

My name is Connor McGoey. I am an industrial designer and I work at NextFab as a technical supervisor. Here is one of my personal projects I’ve recently completed at NextFab.

Coffee table built from material that had been re-claimed and intended to be re-purposed. 


The legs were salvaged from a discarded kitchen/dining room table. I used a chop saw to cut the legs to a desired length. I then marked and cut out notches for mounting the legs to the side of the table using a combination square for measurement. The marked cuts were cut using the band saw with use of the fence to achieve a strait cut. The legs were attached using wood glue and brad nails.


The body of the table is constructed of chipboard commonly used in exterior building construction prior to insulation and siding. The 1/2” piece of chipboard was cut to lengths using the Sawstop table saw. Construction of the body table was assembled using wood glue and 1” brad nails. Lastly the table top/window frame was sanded using and palm sander with an 80 grit sanding pad to remove decades of old paint. The top was mounted using hinges at the rear as well tension hinges mounted on the left and right hand exterior sides to prevent the lid from slamming shut. The piece will be finished with a nature nut oil to provide the lowest possible impact to the environment in it’s continuation toward it’s next life cycle.

What are you working on?


Topics: Uncategorized, nextfab, fabrication, salvage, custom-fabrication


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