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"Like Instagram Filters for Digital Audio..."

Posted by Anders Uhl

Mar 31, 2016 10:57:22 AM


Musician and recording engineer, Peterson Goodwyn, was looking for components to add texture to his audio recordings. With analog recording gear becoming increasingly sought after and consequently, expensive, Goodwyn sought other options. Applying "a little patience and research" Goodwyn realized that he could build the components that he needed for a fraction of the cost of buying them. Connecting with others with a strong DIY spirit, he saw a market for his DIY audio kits and founded DIY Recording Equipment (DIYRE). Like so many great start ups, DIYRE's foundations were in Goodwyn's basement. Realizing the limitations of his space and tools, he joined NextFab allowing a greater level of sophistication in development and production. 

Topics: electronics, music, audio

NextFab Electronics Wizard Makes the Season Bright

Posted by Anders Uhl

Dec 23, 2015 11:09:53 AM


NextFab's Electronics Supervisor, Matt Garfield, had a brilliant idea for a holiday gift. While working on a contract project, he had explored inductive coupling for wireless power transfer. It wasn't the right fit for the project, but it got his gears turning, and as the holiday season rolled around, he found a wonderful application for this exciting technology.

Topics: electronics

Geeking Out: How We Made the 2015 Geekadelphia Trophies

Posted by Anders Uhl

Sep 10, 2015 11:50:04 AM


"I knew the minute I held this award that it wasn't going to be just a piece of decoration for my room (although, it does look awesome with the lights and all). It would demand responsibility." - Ather Sharif, 2015 Geek of the Year

Topics: electronics, 3d, 2d, design, shopbot, corian

Weekly Staff Picks, September 2, 2012

Posted by admin

Sep 2, 2012 10:00:07 AM

Topics: electronics, human-powered-flight, nfs, sustainability, Uncategorized, optics, nextfab, quadrotor, cnc, resistors, wood-pulp

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

Weekly Staff Picks, January 8, 2011

Posted by admin

Jan 8, 2012 9:38:00 AM

It’s been a little while since we posted our weekly links due the the holidays. We have a collection of links for you today that span technology and art and some that combine both. Please enjoy!

lighting bag by Wonsik Chae. - Brandon

The art and Science of CNC Waterjet and Laser Cutting   Major custom metalwork company in Brooklyn does some beautiful laser cutting, water-jet cutting, and bending for architecture, art, and interiors. Check out their videos too. - Evan

Laser cut artwork + bicycles + cameras = awesome
If attached to a bike wheel and filmed in motion this intricate paper cutout will animate to create lovely fluid movements; cogs turning and clouds growing and the like…I intend for these to be presented as art objects as in the pictures. I must stress, as I have many times with this project, this is about animation. It is not possible to see this with the naked eye. If you stick this on your bike you will not be able to see it unless you are filming it, I will include instructions on how to film it but I really see these more as pieces of art. - Alex

Self healing circuitry? Has any one seen our T-1000 around? - Gregg

Paper Powered Batteries   Students-destroy your failed assessments and cool down your beer at the same time! - Matt 

Wearable iPod Interface   Apple may be working on a wearable iPod with Siri. - Gregg

Topics: electronics, alternative-energy, bicycle, waterjet, laser-cut, Uncategorized, nextfab, cnc

Hive 76/NextFab Collider

Posted by admin

Dec 23, 2011 3:59:00 PM

We had a great time Tuesday night with our members and fellow maker group Hive 76 members!

We kicked off the 5-hour make session with food, introductions, and some brainstorming for collaborative projects that we were excited about completing during the event. 

Hive76 members got some demos on our machines such as our Trotec laser cutters, Roland CNC mill, and our Brother Digital Embroidery machine. Snowflakes generated from evilmadscientist were laser cut and engraved with a holiday-themed message from Hive76 and NextFab Studio. Some were wired with LEDs in our electronics lab. 

As projects were being discussed, we gave demos on our PCB fabrication process, soft switch construction, and brass CNC engraving. One of our members and a Hive76 member had an idea for a “chair jousting” target apparatus (yes, it is exactly how it sounds), and make it, we did. 

Thank you to all of our members who came in and to Hive76 for a great night of making and mingling! 

Also, thank you to musician Jack Myers ( who played live music for the event. 

Hope to see you all again soon!

Happy Holidays!

Topics: electronics, hackerspaces, Uncategorized, nextfab-studio, hackers, hive, makers, fabrication-processes, laser-cutters, hive76, nextfab, collaboration, cnc

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

Free Electronic Recycling Event with Weavers Way and Chestnut Hill Friends

Posted by admin

May 25, 2011 1:30:19 PM

June 25, 2011 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

Cost: Free, Donations also accepted

The Weavers Way Environment Committee and the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting are co-sponsoring a free electronics recycling collection on Saturday, June 25 from 10am to 2 pm at 100 E. Mermaid Lane, in the parking lot at the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting. All materials received will be handled in a safe and ethical manner by Materials Processing Corp. (MPC).

While this event is free, voluntary donations will be requested. Half of the donations received will go to the Environment Committee’s fund, whereby small grants are given to community groups for environmental projects and education. The other half will fund community gardening projects in the Fair Hill neighborhood.

A wide variety of items will be accepted, including computers, printers, TVs, audio equipment, cameras, cell phones, DVD players, VCRs and telephones. For a complete list of items or for questions, email

Pennsylvania recently passed a law setting standards for recycling electronics in order to keep their toxic waste out of landfills. MPC, Materials Processing Corp., exceeds the highest standards for electronics recycling. Along with various industry certifications, they are also certified by the nonprofit Basel Action Network as an e-Steward. MPC recently opened a state-of-the-art facility in NE Philadelphia where they have hired 40 local employees. The company adheres to safe practices for recycling so that the environment and workers’ health are not compromised. MPC sees reuse as the highest form of recycling, so they recondition collected items when at all possible. They have a strict no landfill policy. None of the materials they collect are processed in developing countries, where unregulated electronics usually are sent.

We hope to see you on the 25th. There is no rain date planned, so we’ll be there rain or shine. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors! Volunteers are needed to help with the collection. If you’d like to help, email us at or call Stevik at 215-242-4419.

Topics: electronics, recycling, event, Uncategorized


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