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BenShot Builds Family Business With NextFab Support

Posted by Anders Uhl

May 31, 2016 10:46:37 AM

glass work


Engineer and entrepreneur Ben Wolfgram teamed up with his artisan parents to create a fun new business that encompasses both of their passions.

Topics: laser

Olive Devices: Creating Superpowers for Disabilites

Posted by Anders Uhl

May 18, 2016 9:58:23 AM


Topics: 3d, laser

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

Vanessa Chan's Creative Innovation Wipes Out Gripes

Posted by Anders Uhl

Dec 18, 2015 12:39:33 PM

Loop It at work

What brought corporate executive Vanessa Chan out of the corporate world and into NextFab? She claims that it was her inner tinkerer and love for jewelry design, but this highly creative maker with a PhD in Material Sciences and Engineering takes tinkering to another level. Chan's ability to fuse her tech engineering chops with her playful creativity is at the heart of her new company.

Topics: laser, Entrepreneurship, Member Project

NextFab Made: A Blog by Kid Hazo

Posted by admin

Jan 12, 2015 8:00:00 AM

A NextFab Guest Blog, by Kid Hazo

A few months ago, I was asked to compete in the Red Bull Canvas Cooler competition. Since I'm not your everyday artist, I decided to think outside the box on this challenge, literally. We were given a small cooler in the shape of a cube and asked to turn into our own, unique design. Since my street art work primarily works in 3D space I decided to transform this piece into a sculpture instead of sticking to flat 2D surface.


Topics: 3d, 3d-modeling, laser, artist, art, laser-cutter, NextFab Members

Weekly Staff Picks, April 22, 2012

Posted by admin

Apr 22, 2012 10:03:51 AM

Here are our Staff Picks for this week.

The Tricorder Project   Open source project aims to build StarTrek Tricorder- want to help? - Evan

Republic Bike   Customized bikes: Republic Bike.   You can customize your bike based on shared design. - WanTing

Phantasm CS   This is a plug-in for Illustrator that adds several useful tools including embedded image capabilities and vector toning.   There’s a free trial period. Great for laser work. - Stephanie

Computers Powered by Crabs   Research shows that logic gates (OR, XOR, and AND) can be simulated by herding soldier crabs through tunnels, meaning a crab-based computer is at least theoretically possible. - Alex

Say Hello to Tegris   Ever wonder how laser cutting machines are made?   Quench your curiosity! - Seth

Topics: nfs, carbon-fiber, bicycles, tricorder, laser, Uncategorized, phantasm-cs, tegris, laser-cutting, crabs, illustrator

March NextFabulous Social is on 3/22!!

Posted by admin

Feb 29, 2012 4:52:07 PM


Step away from the machines two hours early for our monthly social event at various locations around town. Kick ideas around with the NextFab staff, meet some fellow makers to find out what they are up to, and show off your projects over a drink or two.

This month we are going to the Sidecar Bar and Grille located at 2201 Christian Street (22nd & Christian) Philadelphia, PA 19146. (Thank you for hosting us!!) They’ve just opened up a second floor and we helped their designer laser engrave the tap handles!

Topics: sidecar, philly, philadelphia, bar, tap, laser, maker, Uncategorized, nextfabulous, nextfab, restaurant

Digital Embroidery Workshop with Artist Shelley Spector

Posted by admin

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.

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


Posted by admin

Oct 5, 2011 4:16:00 PM


The cool stuff just keeps coming from our long time member, the laser guru, Sharif Pendleton.  Just in time for starting the holiday shopping—ahead of schedule and with style. Check out his blog to read more about it!

Topics: project, laser, trotecspeedy500, holiday, Uncategorized, member, coasters, nextfab, etching

Safety Glasses Holder 5000

Posted by admin

Sep 29, 2011 7:08:00 PM

Sounds of plastic clattering on the floor got you down?

Tired of losing eyes day in and day out for lack of proper eye wear?

Unable to balance the stresses of a hectic work day AND balancing safety glasses on a poorly designed rack?

Then NextFab has a solution for you.

We would like to introduce to you…the Safety Glasses Holder 5000! (pictured below)


NOW in BLUE!!!

Disclaimer: Safety glasses holder should not be used to protect eyes from flying bits or saucers. Do not wear holder on top of head. Holder may be used as a floatation device in case of a water landing. Offer not valid where prohibited. Terms and conditions may apply.

This piece is the first of what we can assume to be many well designed and crafted projects from one of our newest employees, Carter Banks. Carter will be posting shortly to introduce himself and tell a little bit about the experience of making everyone’s lives here just a little better. Stay tuned for more improvements and witty remarks as more fun and interesting changes take place around the studio.

Topics: project, laser, acrylic, Uncategorized, trotec, nextfab, fabrication, safety


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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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